Sunday, June 23, 2019

Carpe Diem #1687 Troiku Month (16) Heat Waves


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration and that your muses have helped you to create your weekend meditation. Today here in The Netherlands we have had the first day of a heat wave. Tropical temperatures are normal here nowadays. Today it was at least 30 degrees Celsius and some parts of my country almost 35 degrees Celsius. This week that kind of temperatures will be here every day with a top on next Wednesday were they even expect 40 degrees Celsius. Not my kind of heat by the way, but well ... the weather does what it wants.

For today's Troiku I have chosen a nice haiku by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) themed "heat waves". I thought that it fits the weather here in the Lowlands.

heat waves
bringing to the desert
an ocean view

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku", the online version)


Heat Waves

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 30th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #90 Crossroads ... Summer Solstice (Troiku Hineri)


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday June 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to create and share Japanese poetry. I hope you all enjoy this Troiku month and ofcourse I hope that your muses are active to inspire you.

This weekend I love to challenge you with a Crossroads episode. As you all know in the Crossroads feature I will give you two (sometimes more) haiku from which you have to create a so called "fusion-haiku". That "fusion-haiku" you have to use to create a Troiku with. This weekend I love to challenge you a little bit more.

This weekend you have to create a Troiku Hineri. What does that mean? Well .. as you all know a Troiku starts with a "source-haiku" from which you have to create three new haiku using the separated three lines as the first line of the new haiku. You created than three new haiku. In a Troiku Hineri you are repeating that same creating proces with the separated lines of your three new haiku. Doing that you create a total of nine new haiku (in total a Troiku Hineri gives you 12 new haiku).


Summer Solstice at Stonehenge (UK)

Today (June 21st) on the Northern hemisphere Summer has started, so for this weekend meditation "Crossroads" I have chosen Summer Solstice as theme. Here are the haiku to work with, one by a classical haiku poet and one by a modern haiku poet:

this short night -
from a shallow well I scoop
a persimmon flower

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Two wonderful haiku I think. It gives you the opportunity to create a "fusion-haiku", a symbiosis, between ancient - and modern times.

Enjoy your weekend ... This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday June 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 30th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful sunny weekend full of inspiration, but also time to relax ...


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1686 Troiku Month (15) Nightingale


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our beautiful Troiku month. This month is running towards its end, but we have still 10 days to go. Tomorrow Summer will start and I hope it will be a wonderful Summer, but I hope it will not be as hot as last year. The Netherlands suffered than from a very hot summer with tropical temperatures. Well we will see.

Today I have a nice haiku by Chiyo-Ni, one of the most famous classical haiku poetesses we know. She is renown by that wonderful haiku about the Morning Glory, but that's not the haiku I have chosen.

The haiku I have chosen to challenge you with is a beauty too and she wrote it in honor of Matsuo Basho, who she saw as her teacher, her master. She wrote this on a haiga with a portrait of Basho and it is a real beauty, but maybe it will not be easy to create a Troiku with.

to listen,
fine not to listen, fine too...
nightingale

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)


Nightingale

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 27th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carpe Diem #1685 Troiku Month (14) pink sakura blush


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. This time I have chosen a haiku by one of our long time members, Kim Russell. She is a great haiku poetess and has shared a lot of beautiful pieces. The one I have chosen is in my opinion a masterpiece ... She created it back in 2017 and it was themed "cherry blossom". It was a submission for one of our kukai.

I think she will be honored that I use her haiku for today's Troiku challenge. As you all know I love haiku about cherry blossom I have written a lot in honor of their beauty. In our Carpe Diem Library you can find an anthology of my cherry blossom haiku titled "Fragile Beauty".

Here is the haiku by Kim to work with:

pink sakura blush 
spring’s kimono falls to earth
silk snatched by a breeze

© Kim R. Russell (2017)


Cherry Blossom

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 26th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Carpe Diem #1684 Troiku Month (13) Fireflies


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Troiku Month. I have had (again) a very busy day, so I will only give you the haiku to work with. This time I have chosen a haiku by Jim Kacian, one of the best modern haiku poets in my opinion.

steamy night
fireflies
out in the rain

© Jim Kacian


Fireflies

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 25th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Carpe Diem #1683 Troiku Month (12) White Valley Clouds


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My apologies for being somewhat later as usualy, but I am at work and hadn't time to create our new episode earlier. So, because I am at work, I will only give you the haiku to work with and create your Troiku with it.

after the rain
breathing deeply
white valley clouds

© Jane Reichhold (Taken from: "A Dictionary of Haiku")


White Valley Clouds

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 24th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1682 Troiku month (11) The Wind Of Fuji


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and that the weekend inspired you and gave you the time to relax. I had a very busy weekend at work, but I survived it (just joking). A new week is in front of you and as you all know we are creating Troiku this month.

For this first regular episode of this new week I have chosen a haiku by my master, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and maybe you know it, because I think we have had this haiku earlier here at CDHK.

Here is the haiku to work with:

the wind of Fuji
I've brought on my fan
a gift from Edo

© Basho


Fuji no Yama and Sakura

A very nicely crafted haiku by Basho and I think it gives you the opportunity to create a wonderful Troiku with it.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.