Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Carpe Diem #1709 shadow (Crossroads-Troiku)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This month we have all prompts about "Summer Love". I love summer, but at the moment I "hate" summer because here in The Netherlands we have a heatwave. It's more than 30 degrees Celsius and later this week we will have temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius. For us dutch people this is really to hot ... but we have to deal with it. That's why my wife and I are always seeking for shadow to cool down. That brings me to the prompt for today "shadow".




Today I love to challenge you to create a Troiku with a so called "fusion-haiku", that new haiku created from two given haiku ... a crossroads episode this will be. Here are the two haiku to work with:

blue autumn skies
folded into mountains
purple shadow

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

such a hot day
my shadow needs to cool down
under the willow

© Kyoshi Takahama (1874-1958)

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


Carpe Diem #1708 midsummer rain


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late I had a busy day so I hadn't time earlier to create our new episode in this Summer Love month at CDHK. This will not be a long episode I only will give you the prompt to work with and your task for today.

Today I have another classical kigo for you to work with and create your haiku or tanka with. Today our prompt is "midsummer rain". Let me give you a small explanation of this classical kigo:


Midsummer Rain (classical kigo)

Midsummer rain (samidare). The Japanese says 'Fifth Month rain', based on the lunar calendar. Rather than translate 'Fifth Month' as May, since the Gregorian month is really June, we use the traditional English word for the period, which is near the summer solstice.

And now it's up to you to create a haiku or tanka with this classical kigo.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 29th at noon (CEST. I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Carpe Diem #1707 cooling on the porch (hashi-i), classical haiku


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "regular" episode in our wonderful Summer Love month here at our Haiku Kai. Today I love to challenge you to create a (or more) haiku following the classical rules as you can read in our CDHK Lecture 1 (above in the menu). For this challenge I have chosen a classical kigo, extracted from the Shiki Saijiki, "cooling on the porch (hashi-i)", it's part of the section "summer", subsection "humanity".


Cooling On The Porch (Hashi-i)

Today's classical kigo to work with is very clear I think. Isn't it a joy to cool down on the porch with a nice beer or glass of wine after a warm summer day? I for sure would enjoy that, but I don't have a porch to cool down. After a warm (or hot) summer day I enjoy the coolness of my backyard. Sometimes completely naked, but not always of course. Our backyard gives us a lot of privacy, so resting there in the nude isn't a problem.

in the mansion's backyard
the breeze cherishes my naked body
ah! that sweet coolness ...

© Chèvrefeuille

Looks somewhat artificial, because I had some trouble to create this haiku in the classical way, as is the goal for today's challenge. Well ... you all know that I am not a big fan of the classical way of writing haiku. So to me this is a real "ordeal", but if I asked it of you I have to do it myself too.

If I would "redo" this one into my way of writing haiku than it would be:

in the backyard
the evening breeze
coolness

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

Well ... I hope you all have enjoyed your weekend ... This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 28th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #94 Crow (Photo-shopping haiku)



!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 21st at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. This special feature is meant to meditate and contemplate on a given challenge. For this weekend I have chosen for an episode of "Carpe Diem's Photo Shopping Haiku", that nice special feature in which I ask you to "photoshop" a given haiku. (More about this special feature you can find HERE)

For this weekend I have chosen a wonderful haiku by renown haiku poet (and my master) Matsuo Basho. I think you all will know this haiku:

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure
on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk 

© Basho (Tr. Stephen Wolfe)




And a little background on this haiku:

In 1689, five years before his death, Basho wrote this final version of this seminal haiku, which, according to many literary critics, ushered in modern haiku replete with its subtle yet profound power. It represented a revolutionary change from the shallow, pun-ridden, clumsy haiku of the
Danrin School that held sway at the time. In the words of R. H. Blyth, this 'crow' haiku by Basho was the watershed in "the setting up of his own, indeed, the creation of what we now call 'haiku.”

Basho's care in perfecting his crow haiku suggests that he was striving for a breakthrough nuanced innovation that he hoped would chart a new direction for haiku. Judging by the commentary of innumerable Japanese poets, scholars, and Zen practitioners who saw in this haiku a whole gamut of Japanese aesthetic principles and expression, Basho was successful.

And now it is up to you to create a "photo-shopping" haiku from it by leaving a small bit or transfer a small part for another part, other words.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 21st at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 28th at noon (CEST). Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Carpe Diem #1706 Free styling with haiku and tanka ... ice cold beer


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have chsen to give you the opportunity to let your inspiration flow. Awaken your muses and create your free style haiku or tanka with the prompt "ice cold beer". Here in the Netherlands we enjoy ice cold beer in Summer when it is very warm. It gives us the refreshment we need during such a warm day ... but to much "ice cold beer" leads towards other things. Sometimes drunkenness and sometimes it will come to a hot steamy night on the beach or in the garden.

Lovely ideas will come up at this moment I think ... well go for it ... free style your haiku or tanka with the given prompt.


Ice Cold Beer

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 25th at noon (CEST) I will try to publish our new episode, a new weekend meditation, later on. For now ... have fun!


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Carpe Diem #1705 enjoyment ... a modern summer kigo


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have a nice challenge for you. I will give you two haiku themed "enjoyment". You have to use the both haiku to create a new "fusion" haiku. With that new haiku you have to ceate a Troiku, that nice creative poetry form (more about Troiku above in the menu). So today's challenge is a "Crossroads" feature.

Here are the two haiku (both by Jane Reichhold) to work with:

outdoor shower
bathed in sun colors
of hot water

slipping into the pool
naked divides the night
sun-warmed waters

© Jane Reichhold (Extracted from her modern saijiki "a dictionary of haiku")




The above music video is part of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons", this part is "Summer". Just for enjoyment.

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


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1704 Beachcomber ... Renga With Jane Reichhold


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month is themed "Summer Love" and has all to do with the love for summer in all the different ways. Today I have such a lovely summer activity for you to work with. I remember that we have had this prompt somewere back in our rich history, but that doesn't really matter.




Today I have chosen a prompt taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary Of Haiku", a modern saijiki, from the section Summer, subsection livelihood: Beachcomber. A beachcomber is a person who participates in the activity of beachcombing, an activity that consists of an individual "combing" (or searching) the beach and the intertidal zone, looking for things of value, interest or utility.

The task for you today is to create a Renga With Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) using the following haiku:

missing the malls
on the ocean beach
she gathers shells

high tide
the beach leaves a mark
in her book

afternoon wind
all the beachcomber's words
blown out to sea

Beachcombing (Message In A Bottle)

cold beach walk
on sun-warmed car seats
two sweatshirts

a special beach
I put a pebble in my mouth
before leaving

smelling the light
on her tanned shoulder
home from the beach

© Jane Reichhold (Extracted from "A Dictionary Of  Haiku")

The task? You may choose your own line-up, add your two-lined stanza, and make the renga complete. Enjoy this Renga With Jane Reichhold ... in honor of her.

PS.: I have also published a new episode on Tanka Splendor, see link at the right side of our Kai.

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