Carpe Diem: Love’s Sting of Alchemy (Scorpio in Haiku)

generates passion
then desires a gentle tale
feels the bitter sting

feels the bitter sting
if one cannot stay ahead
fierce competitor

fierce competitor
sets aside domination

love-stung alchemist
searches the heavens for signs
transmuting cosmos

transmuting cosmos
scorpio phoenix rises
dust still turns to dust


© 2013 jody love


During the first part of the month of April, Carpe Diem’s haiku prompts focus on The Zodiac. The April 1st prompt was simply on The Zodiac, in general. April 10th’s prompt moves us closer towards the end of the zodiac to – Scorpio, fully equipped with love’s sting.

It’s also time this week again for the Trifecta challenge.

ALCHEMY (noun)

: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life

: a power or process of transforming something common into something special

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The passionate sign of Scorpio is often paired not only with the scorpion, but also the eagle or the phoenix, due to  interpretations of mutating star patterns throughout the ages. Some astrologers will say the phoenix is the ultimate goal of a Scorpio,  being a sign of renewal and transformation. I used this symbol for my play on Trifecta’s alchemy term this week – also ending in a play of how our transformation on this earth may be no more successful than have been the alchemists’ attempts to turn common objects into precious metals throughout time. Only the heavens possess the recipe for that, it seems.




17 thoughts on “Carpe Diem: Love’s Sting of Alchemy (Scorpio in Haiku)

  1. I love the terracing or as Maggie says, cascading form of the haiku structure. I love your thoughtful explanation of the piece, as well. Really nice.

  2. loved everything about this post: cascading haiku that morphs from insect to the heavenly bodies; and your short explanation of alchemy, and the sign of Scorpio was enlightening….

  3. I am well behind on any replies this week to all your thoughtful comments, so let me just say ‘thank you’ here to each of you. I hope it doesn’t take away from the personal appreciation I feel that you’ve taken time to stop in, read my work and offer your encouragement and additional ideas. Peace, -j

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