Monday, November 19, 2018

Carpe Diem #1548 orchids (ran) (classical kigo)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai were we are celebrating the beauty of autumn as you can read in the logo "the leaves are falling". This month it's all about the beauty of autumn and today I have a nice classical kigo for autumn to work with. Our theme for today is "orchid or (ran)".

I have sought all the sources which I use for our classical haiku masters and especially the sources on Buson and I ran into a wonderful haiku on Ran written by him in 1777. I love to share that haiku with you all here:

yoruno ran kani kakureteya hanashiroshi

orchids in the night
in their fragrance hidden --
the flowers white.

© Buson

White Orchid
What a beauty don't you think? Look at those fragile flowers of the White Orchid ... gorgeous.
Unlike most flowers that have round-shaped petals, orchids have petals in geometrical shapes. No wonder, these beautiful flowers are used to convey special messages.
So, what all things do orchids represent? If you are an orchid lover, you'll be glad to learn that these exotic flowers are a symbol of love, beauty, and innocence in most cultures around the world. The word 'orchid' is derived from the Greek word orchids which means testicles, and the name originates from the shape of the root tubers of the plant. It is due to this reason that orchids have been associated with sexuality in many cultures. However, there's more to the meaning of orchids:

Perfection and Beauty

Because of their symmetry, and the straight lines on their petals, orchids represent beauty in symmetry, and are considered epitomes of rare beauty. In Victorian England, these lovely flowers were likened to a beautiful woman. Interestingly, even a woman's attire during the era had a striking resemblance to the flower. The people of ancient China considered these flowers as 'Lan Hua', or the epitome of human perfection.

Love

Orchids are considered symbols of love because of the fact that the plants grow easily, and bloom under most conditions. During the Victorian era, it was a custom to gift exotic and rare flowers to show love and affection. It was even believed that rarer the flower you chose as a gift, deeper was your love. In parts of Europe, orchids were used as a key ingredient in love potions.
A white orchid stands for innocence, beauty and elegance. A nice gift for one who’s dear to you. In ancient Japan as a warrior found an orchid it told him that he was brave.

Orchids (woodblock print by Rankafu)

Orchids have so much to tell us, but mostly we have them in our home because they are so beautiful and I only can “that’s so true”.

samourai warrior
enchanted by the beauty of orchids
bows his head in praise

in admiration
he gives his beloved girl
white orchids

© Chèvrefeuille (from my archive)

These haiku aren't my strongest ones, but I like the intention which they radiate through their words. So I am looking forward to your haiku on Ran (Orchids).

Well ... now it is up to you my dear haijin, visitors and travelers. Create your haiku, tanka or other kind of Japanese poetry themed orchids (ran).

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


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Carpe Diem #1547 Renga With ... the big five haiku poets


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all will have a wonderful weekend in which you could relax, meditate and contemplate. I had a nice weekend myself and the weather was great. I ran into a gorgeous tree in all its autumn beauty ... and I love toshare that image here with you:

Amber Tree (© Chèvrefeuille)
Look at that beauty ... it's a feast for my eyes and I had never seen it. All those different colors on the same tree wow!

Okay back to today's episode. Today I love to challenge you (again) to create a renga together with the "big five", Basho, Chiyo-Ni, Issa, Buson and Shiki. Here are the haiku to use in a line-up of your own choice. You have to add your two lined stanza (approx. 7-7 syllables) to make the renga a story about autumn.

it is seen
in the papier-maché cat
the morning of autumn

© Basho

along this road
goes no one
this autumn eve

© Basho

when I go out of the gate
I also am a traveller
in the autumn evening

© Buson

autumn's bright moon
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky

© Chiyo-Ni

two houses!
two houses making rice-cakes:
autumn rain

© Issa

Small Wooden Drum (source unknown)

with the autumn tempest
the small drum
falls from its shelf

© Shiki

A nice series of haiku I would say. Enjoy this challenge and the opportunity to create a renga with the five renown haiku poets.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 25th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Friday, November 16, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #59 Troiku ... autumn leaves


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday November 18th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

At the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (than only titled Carpe Diem) I invented the Troiku, a new creative way of haiku-ing inspired on the Russian three horsed sleigh ... troika. During the years of CDHK Troiku became more and more a kind of Japanese poetry and I know several of you love to create Troiku. (By the way I hope to publish the submitted Troiku for the 2nd Troiku Kukai this weekend).

This weekend I love to ask you to create a Troiku starting with the following haiku as the "sleigh":

the scent of autumn
that sweet smell of decaying leaves -
after the rain - stronger

© Chèvrefeuille

It's a nice autumn haiku I created back in 2014, so I have taken it from my archives. The goal for this weekend meditation is to create a Troiku with it (more about Troiku above in the menu) and try to stay in tune with the scene ... autumn.


This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday November 18th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 25th at noon (CET). Enjoy your weekend!


Carpe Diem Extra November 16th 2018 Testing a New Linking Widget


Dear Haijin, visitors, travelers,

Recently our "normal" linking widget has changed a little. There are adverts now and maybe that's not so fine, but I cannot change that. So I have an idea for a new linking widget. This linking widget I use from www.blenza.com this is just a test. Please can you share your thoughts about it with me through the comment field?

I am looking for a new linking widget for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Ofcourse I will give you a small task to try this linking widget. Create a haiku or tanka inspired on the above logo of CDHK Extra


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Carpe Diem #1546 Abstract Autumn


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our Carpe Diem Autumn Retreat has ended. So I thought to choose a nice abstract piece of art, but this time the theme is "abstract autumn". What is abstract autumn? Well ... a painting in which you cannot see its trees or something, but through the colors you know immediately that the painting has to do with autumn. In the modern painting "abstract autumn" you cannot see trees or bushes, but you can see the colors of autumn, red, yellow, orange, brown and all kinds of little differences in those colors ... the colors are autumn and it gives you the opportunity to go with the flow, to think outside of the box to create your Japanese poetry like haiku or choka.

yellow, red,
orange and deep purple
dance

© Chèvrefeuille

What do you see if you read this haiku? I think it's an abstract autumn haiku inspired on the painting hereafter.

Abstract Autumn (image found on Pinterest)
Try to imagine autumn through this painting. Haiku is an impression ... what's your impression?

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun, go with the flow, think outside the box and share your impression with us all.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Carpe Diem #1545 The Water Fowl (crossroads)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. Today I have chosen to give you a new challenge with our special feature "crossroads". I have found a few wonderful autumn haiku written by unknown (classical) haiku poets. Let me tell you what the challenge will be: Create your "fusion"-haiku from the given haiku and than create a Troiku with the "fusion"-haiku. This time I will give you three haiku to create your "fusion" with.

the water-fowl
pecks and shivers
the moon on the waves

© Zuiryu

scooping up the moon
in the wash bassin,
and spilling it

© Ryuho

Moon On The Waves

I kept hanging the moon
on the pine tree, and taking it off,
gazing at it the while

© Hokushi

Three nice haiku of autumn (sub-section: sky and elements) to work with.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Carpe Diem #1544 autumn lamplight (aki no hi)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Autumn ... in my opinion, the most beautiful season and today I love to challenge you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with the given classical kigo, autumn lamplight (aki no hi). Here is an example:

sewing in the lamplight
I teach spelling to my child --
autumn rain

© Sugita Hisajo

And now it's up to you to create your haiku or tanka themed "autumn lamplight".

Autumn Lamplight
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.