Haiku: For The Love Of Fado Music...

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor Hugo

Haiku: For The Love Of Fado Music... Mariza

                                                   Amália Rodrigues known as Rainha do Fado ("Queen of Fado) - Coimbra

A Fado dirge calls...
Ancient sounds from a distance
Mariza's fate song...

Love's deep scars revealed...
For love of Fado music
Sing, Saudade Queen...

 Today, the word is Fado (Portugal)

What is Carpe DiemBlog Owner, Kristjaan Panneman,  describes it as:  "a weblog on haiku. It's a new daily haiku meme where you can write a classical or non-classical haiku on a given prompt. Haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form. A haiku has three short lines and describes a short moment (as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water). Mostly a haiku counts 5-7-5 syllables and is sometimes called 'counted verse.'"

Are you familiar with Fado music? Fado, which means destiny or fate in Portuguese, is a special category of music from the 1820s with origins in Portugal. It is often played with a classical guitar, and can be described as  "a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia (loosely captured by the word "saudade", or longing)" Wikipedia.

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"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." Lao Tzu 

Haiku: For The Love Of Fado Music... A Fado Tavern

In the Heart's Tavern
Fado lulls the soul to sleep
With bitter sweet notes...

Destiny's sad song
Resigned to play dark and numb
A guitar weeps, strums...

In the early days, Fado singers performed everywhere and taverns were one of their popular hangouts. The one above is a recreated Fado Tavern from the Fado Museum in Lisbon.

Some Food for Thought: Do you love music? Are you familiar with Fado?  Take a moment to contemplate what music means to you? Love and Peace in 2013.

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs:  Mariza - a fado singer, Fado Tavern via Wikipedia, or my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet 



  1. Follow your Fado. Maybe a Swan song...

  2. You've captured the soul of Fado very well. Thank you for sharing with us :)

  3. Wow! You had a way with Fado. captured its essence do vividly.

  4. Fado caught in a wonderful series of haiku ... with very strong deeper emotions just like Fado.

  5. Ah, yes, fado part of life ~ well penned haiku and wonderful post ~ Carol of (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  6. Wonderful post.
    "Ancient sounds from a distance"
    Simply magnificent.

  7. I like your Haikus very much. By the way thanks for the visit.

  8. It's my first time to encounter this word. HAHAH Thanks for sharing.

  9. A very good take on the prompt !!!

  10. I learned from glee that it is called ballad. The one expresses something he/she would like to said in the form of music to express it better.

  11. When I was in high school our English Literature teacher taught us how to compose a Haiku. Yours is magnificent. :)

  12. I am not familiar with Fado :(

    The voice of Amalia is so powerful.

    By the way, I've already added your link. Sorry for the delay. I didn't check the CommEx until last yesterday :(

  13. not familiar with Fado but I love music. different genre lang cguro.

  14. learned about Fado today... I can really see mournful in her eyes!!!

  15. Something new to learn today. Not really familiar with this. thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Music speaks the language of soul...Beautiful verses Eliz!!

  17. Love the quote from Victor Hugo and your tribute to Fado! Good one! :)


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