Impressions of Solomon Islands, 5

In this series of short poems (haikus), land art and photos, I will portray my impressions of this truly magical part of the world. A more detailed report will follow later.





Past and the future

Do not bother the children –

Solomon Islands





























The giant fern leaves

Touched by the afternoon rain

Gracefully bend down






A cup of hot tea –

Roosters and the shout of a man

Mix with sounds of rain




Down in the valley

Rainheavy banana leaves –

Smoke from the earth oven






Beside the river

A green wall of jungle leaves –

Rain drops in the air








Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. your photos, as always, are so great … and your haikus add a wonderful dimension and a lovely feeling to the post. what a special experience you have had!
    love and hugs,

    • Good to hear from you, dear Don. Many carry the image of a simple life in a simple hut on a paradisiacal island in us in order to live a life of happiness. However, as you know, it depends on the mindset of the human being and the intactness of the social environment. Some people in the villages I have seen seemed to be really very happy and content. Love and hugs, Traude


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