Monday, September 26, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #220 Orion, a haibun by Dolores Fegan our featured haiku poetess

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's with a kind of sadness that I publish our last CD-Special for this month. Dolores, our winner of the "prayers' - kukai, is a very gifted poetess and I have already the content for her exclusive CDHK e-book which I have titled "First Magnolia Bloom". Her E-book is almost ready and than I will prepare it for downloading here at CDHK.

Dolores, as I discovered recently, has a wonderful haibun-blog om Medium and therefore I love to share a haibun written by her and extracted from her Medium blog "Haibun Journey - View From My Window". It's a nice haibun and it fits our regular prompt "stars" in a great way. Enjoy the read.


From my window far overhead and through the trees I can see the constellation Orion. It is clear enough to make out the hilt on his belt. His bow raised high in the sky. I remember my father teaching me the names of the constellations and the stars that made them up. I do not recall all the names, but am forever blessed with fond memories.
winter hunter
stalking the night sky
bow aimed high

my father
points out the night sky
my hand in his
© Dolores Fegan

A wonderful haibun ... and now it is up to you to create haiku, tanka or a haibun inspired on this beauty by Dolores. Have fun!

Here is a haibun from my archives, titled "autumn moon"


departing summer
days become shorter -
the full moon

The above haiku expresses my feelings in the fall. It is now September and fall will soon come. Each season has its charm, but my heart beats more rapidly as autumn approaches. Autumn, the season of renunciation. Saying goodbye to summer and get ready for winter. The trees lose their leaves, after they have had all the colors you can imagine.

The days are getting shorter, the weather changes in to rough rains and storms.

Saying goodbye ... surely that is the keyword for fall.

From the haiku tradition, the moon is at its most beautiful in the fall. Living in Japan this thought is at least very strong. Here in the West moon viewing is best in winter. Maybe that's true, but ... I'm just a Western haiku poet who is really oriented on the east and therefore more at home with the thoughts that the autumn moon is the best.

I like the moon in autumn. I can enjoy the sight of the moon, our natural satellite. In autumn the moon is mysterious and can work miracles. That feeling I expressed in the above haiku, but also in many other haiku.

light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last ... autumn
© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET). I will post our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

Carpe Diem #1065 stars

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

September is running towards its end, so our tribute to Jane month ends almost. In the last few weeks we found our inspiration in the modern kigo for New Year, Spring, Summer and Autumn extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku".
In this last week of September we have only one season to go, winter. So all our prompts for this week are modern kigo for winter. Our prompt for today I think is wonderful, but not exclusively for winter although ... in winter the air is thin and bright so in winter we can see the stars better than in the other seasons.
Rise like a phoenix
Stars ... what to say about stars? Maybe its a coincidence, but last year (2015) September 26th we had a nice episode about "Phoenix", a constellation and as I was preparing this episode I looked back at that episode and extracted my haiku from that episode to share here again.

like a phoenix
the sun rises every day again
conquering the night
phoenix spreads its wings
after the dark cold winter night
finally spring
© Chèvrefeuille
What an awesome month that was back in 2015, but let us go now into the future, today our prompt is stars and these are the haiku which Jane Reichhold created as examples for this modern kigo for winter.
the dust of stars'
shining radiance
a few flakes
still falling
soul bathing
in hot springs
desert stars

cold stars
dropping into the ocean

before one star
beams from the lighthouse
search the sky
into the sky
notes from the harp
light stars
All wonderful haiku (by Jane) extracted from both the printed version and the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku". 
I hope all these beauties have inspired you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form. I wasn't inspired enough, so I re-share a haiga which I created back in April.

And here are two tanka, not really my "cup of tea", but sometimes I love to use that form and I think this "cascading" tanka is nice to share here.

the heavenly river
seen in the middle of the night
giving birth
to billions of stars
the Milky Way
through the broken window
I think of Galileo Galilei -
the sun in the middle
Earth is dancing around him -
the heavenly river
© Chèvrefeuille
Well ... I hope you did like this episode and that Jane (and maybe me) have inspired you to write /create a new haiku or tanka.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET), I will (try to) publish our new episode, beach, later on. Have fun!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Carpe Diem #1064 driftwood

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I am on the nightshift, so I will not publish a big post today. In this month for Jane I have the prompts extracted from her modern saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today's prompt driftwood is from the autumn livelihood section.

I wasn't easy to create an episode on driftwood, but I found another nice haiku poet, John Stevenson, who wrote the following haiku on "driftwood", a nice one I think:

winter beach
a piece of driftwood
charred at one end

© John Stevenson (1948 -)

Driftwood ... as I was searching for more on driftwood I ran into wonderful pieces of art made from driftwood ... but I like the "natural" driftwood more.

Here is the haiku extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku" which Jane wrote as an example for this modern kigo "driftwood":

sweater gray in
brown tones

© Jane Reichhold

I didn't know how to translate this word "driftwood", but after some research I understand what this "driftwood" is and than I ran into a few other haiku on "driftwood" by Jane Reichhold. And of course I love to share them here also for your inspiration:

high tide
the secret script
of driftwood scraps

on the island
no one goes to
among driftwood


up and down
driftwood lairs of lovers
come and go
© Jane Reichhold

And I found another nice one, but that one I have used at our "Tribute To Jane" tumblr.

I like this modern kigo, but I also found it very difficult to create a haiku with it, but I have given it a try and came up with this one, not a haiku, but a tanka:
strolling over the beach
beachcombing lovers
looking for driftwood
secret place for lust
tasting her salty skin
© Chèvrefeuille
Hmm ... I don't know ... tanka isn't really my "cup of tea". I hope Jane has inspired you.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 30th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, stars, later on and our last CD-Special by Dolores. For now ... have fun! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Carpe Diem #1063 butterfly

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you have noticed maybe I had a kind of delay yesterday and couldn't publish on time, so here is our second episode and than we are back on track.

Today we have a prompt which we have seen here very often and recently we had a nice Tokubetsudesu episode on Ese in which we could read several beauties in which butterflies played the leading role. Today our prompt is butterfly.

Butterflies are synonymous with change, metamorphosis, lightness, growth, messengers of the gods ... so there is a broad range of themes in wghich we can use this modern kigo "butterfly", however "butterfly" is also a classical kigo, the only thing that's different is that the modern kigo "butterfly" is for autumn and the classical kigo "butterfly" is for summer.

As I started preparing this episode I first thought of that beautiful haiku by Moritake:

a fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
but no, a butterfly
© Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) (Tr. Steven D. Carter)
Why came this haiku in mind? Well ... when I was doing my research for this prompt I ran into a beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold in which the same idea, the riddle, is used. So I just had to share that haiku here with you:
a falling leaf
up from the earth
a matching butterfly

© Jane Reichhold
Do you see the "riddle" in this one? It's the same as in the haiku by Moritake.
And here are a few other examples of this modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku":

yet the monarch takes time
to visit me

white butterfly
afternoon Sunshine
slides away

© Jane Reichhold

Butterfly on Lycoris
Today I have chosen to share a tanka with you inspired on the beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold:

Pygmalion's lesson
every man and woman has to be
like a caterpillar
growing to the next level
become a butterfly
© Chèvrefeuille
And a haiku from my archives:
fragile wings
pointing the way to transformation -
the summer breeze
© Chèvrefeuille
Inspiration enough I would say (smiles) ... I am looking forward to all of your wonderful haiku and tanka.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 29th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, driftwood, later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem #1062 Candles

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this belated episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, there were a few circumstances which took my time, so my excuses for the delay.

Today our prompt is candles and it's extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku" (the printed version). As I started preparing this episode a haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784) came in mind:

shokunohiwo shokuni utsusuya harunoyuu

one candle
gives its light to another -
spring evening

© Yosa Buson (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

Candlelight ... brings warmth and happiness, but also fear because of the shadows it casts on walls or reflections in the window. Candlelight to me means however romance, warmth, love and more positive feelings.

candles in the moonlight
Here are the haiku examples by Jane Reichhold for this modern kigo of autumn, in these haiku you will also see the classical kigo "moon" (tsuki):

lighting a candle
the moon slips away
in a smoky cloud

replacing the candle
the full moon comes
in the window

into the dawn burns
a candle

© Jane Reichhold

All wonderful haiku with the modern kigo "candle" and the classic kigo "moon" what a beautiful symbiosis ...

Yellow Chrysanthemums

Another haiku by Yosa Buson, makes this complete I think:

teshokushite iro ushinaeru kigikukana
in the light from the candle held
their color lost--
yellow chrysanthemums
© Yosa Buson (Tr. William R. Nelson)
What to say more about this modern kigo "candle"? Do I need to create a haiku myself on this modern kigo? Or ...

the light of the candle
on her face

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope that Jane and Buson inspired you to create haiku or tanka. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 29th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, butterfly, also today.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Delayed post

Dear Haijin, visitors and travellers,

During circumstances I will post our new episode 'candles ' later than planned.
Sorry for the delay.


Chèvrefeuille your host.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #1061 waterfall

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today autumn starts and that means it is September 22nd, the autumn equinox. So our prompts this week fit the time of year. Our prompt for today is waterfall and it is extracted from the online version of Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku" on her personal website.
As I was creating this episode I thought back to the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Why? Because the first prompt ever on CDHK was "waterfall". I even remembered the haiku which I used to inspire you:

waterfall of colors
leaves whirl through the street -
departing summer

© Chèvrefeuille

It was also a haiku of autumn, so this cannot be a coincidence, this must be the spirit of Jane.

We have had "waterfall" as prompt several times here at CDHK, so (again) a reprise episode? Well ... to me that's okay and I hope you all don't mind too.

Let me give you the haiku by Jane to inspire you:

red rock waterfall
into emerald pools
cedar incense
water blackened rocks
falling with the waterfall
some of them
chipped rock
the shape of water
white rim
on black rock light falling
with the water
© Jane Reichhold
And here is my response on these beauties by Jane. I first thought to use one of my archives, but finally I decided to re-create an oldie into a new one. In this haiku I have sought to use the "free-style" way of Santoka Taneda.
the waterfall
ah! that sound ...


© Chèvrefeuille
I hope Jane has inspired you all to create haiku, tanka or an other Japanese poetry form.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, candles, later on. Have fun!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra September 20th 2016 our 4th anniversary

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you all know next month, October, we will celebrate our 4th anniversary. I am proud to have the opportunity to create another celebration month. As I started back in 2012 I couldn't have dreamed that Carpe Diem Haiku Kai would be still alive and kicking .... but we are.

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai cannot exist without you, my dear Haijin, without you who are part of this wonderful community of haiku poets from all over the globe (and beyond) Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is nothing. Therefore I wish to thank you all ... ARIGATO ... and I bow as deep as I possibly can ... like a "real" Japanese man

Why this CDHK Extra? I need your input for our celebration month. I have done already some pre-work of course, but I love to ask your input too. In our four years of existence we have had wonderful prompts, but also some lesser prompts, we also have had our heights and depths, but we always recovered from everything.
Which prompts you love to see back again in our celebration month? Do you have a special request for something we haven't done yet here? It's up to you ... let us celebrate like the warmhearted family we are ...



PS.: You can write your suggestions, the reprise prompts or something else in the comment field.

Carpe Diem #1060 twilight

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another day in "haiku paradise" were we are honoring Jane Reichhold with an exclusive tribute to Jane month in which I use only modern kigo extracted from Jane's saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku", mostly the printed version, but sometimes the online version on AHA-poetry, Jane's own website.

Today I love to start this episode with a song from the soundtrack of the movie-series "The Twilight Saga" based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer. I don't have read her novels or have seen the movies, but I ran into a wonderful piece of music from the soundtrack. (Video made by: Fueled by Ramen; the musicians are: Paramore performing "decode" from the soundtrack of Twilight Saga the movies)

Of course I don't know the taste of music of you all or Jane's music taste, but I think this music is awesome and fits the "twilight" prompt for today. Of course the haiku by Jane to inspire you have nothing to do with vampires and werewolves, because that's the theme of the Twilight Saga.

Twilight ... that small time between the ending of the day and the beginning of the night with its deepblue, almost black, color. The last sunbeams disappear behind the horizon and the reflected light of the sun that let shine the moon starts to glow ... awesome time, mysterious, but also very spiritual in my opinion. In the twilight I feel the magic and energy of nature of the spirits around us ... the twilight gives new energy and gives us the opportunity to rest and recover to welcome a new dawn.

Here are the haiku by Jane which she uses as an example for this modern kigo "twilight":

darkness slipping in
water that cannot be still

nautical twilight
the sea gives its last light
to the sky

among early stars
sea bird's cry

© Jane Reichhold

How to accomplish this beautiful series by Jane Reichhold, the Queen of Haiku and Tanka ... I really don't know. So I dived into my archives to search for a few haiku I wrote on "twilight" ...

in the twilight
only the song of cicadas -
my love's breathing

in the twilight
mist creeps over the fields -
stars twinkle *

in the twilight
as stars twinkle bright and clear
Honeysuckle perfume

© Chèvrefeuille

* this one was the "hokku" of our first Renga Party back in August 2015 you can re-read this renga HERE.

I hope Jane (and maybe myself) inspires you to create an all new haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 25th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, waterfall, later on. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Carpe Diem #1059 Harvest Moon

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we have a tribute to Jane month to honor the Queen of Haiku and Tanka, Jane Reichhold who passed away back at the end of July.
Yesterday I honored her wisdom and knowledge and today I will step back, because it's not about me, but it's about Jane, my close friend, mentor and co-host who I miss dearly.

Today's prompt is Harvest Moon. And it just happens to have been Harvest Moon, because Harvest Moon is the name for the full moon of September. It's the full moon closest to the autumn equinox which will take place on September 22nd. The Harvest Moon of this year was an awesome one, it was a bright one and the moon looked bigger than ever, because she was closer to us than in other months.

Harvest Moon
With this prompt we enter the autumn section of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" from which I have extracted all the prompts, all modern kigo (seasonwords), for this tribute month. Through the haiku she, Jane Reichhold, uses as examples for the modern kigo I hope to inspire you to create haiku or tanka to honor Jane ...

the golden grain color
in the moon

the harvest moon
bringing in the pumpkins
yet on the porch

© Jane Reichhold

And than this beauty, also by Jane Reichhold, but taken from the online version of "A Dictionary of Haiku" ... a real masterpiece:

turning out the light
renting the room to the moon
for a night

© Jane Reichhold

Ah ... that last scene ... so mysterious, so full of spirituality, so full of romance and even full of sensuality ... awesome haiku ...

Singing Moon
Here is my response on this prompt inspired on the haiku by Jane to honor her:

through the broken window
I can see the Harvest Moon -
a song for my friend
white Chrysanthemums and red Roses
Singing Moon

Singing Moon
the old Celtic druids already knew

autumn equinox
I look at the Corn Moon
through the broken window

© Chèvrefeuille

* Singing Moon and Corn Moon are also names for the full moon of September.

I hope you did like this new episode and I hope that Jane has inspired you to create / write haiku or tanka.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 24th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, twilight, later on. For now ... have fun ... be inspired and share your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with us all.