Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (19) broken sunflower



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our TRC month Chained Together III. Today I have chosen a not so well known haiku written by myself to work with. During lack of time, I am very busy at work, I will not create a long episode. So here is the haiku to work with:

broken sunflower
torn apart by a rainstorm --
puddles on the path

© Chèvrefeuille, your host

Sunflower Reflections
Well ... it's up to you now ... create a wonderful Tan Renga with the above haiku by adding your 2nd stanza to it. Enjoy ... the task.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 2nd at noon (CEST). Have fun ...!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Renga With Basho #9 A Mark On The Wall


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is time again for a new episode of our special feature "Renga With Basho", our special feature in which you have the opportunity to create a renga together with the master, Matsuo Basho, one of the most famous and renown haiku poets on earth. I think that a lot of people will know his famous "frog pond" haiku, but he has written a lot of other wonderful haiku in his lifetime. Renga With Basho gives you haiku he has written and which are not renown by a greater public. So this is an opportunity to become familiair with other haiku of Basho.

The goal is to create a renga with the given haiku, the line-up your own choice, through adding your second stanzas of two lines wit approximately 14 syllables. I have made another nice choice (I think) of haiku by Basho taken from Jane Reichhold's "Basho, The Complete Haiku".

Here are the six (6) haiku to use in your own line up, of course I hope you will create a beautiful "closed chain of stanzas" by adding your stanzas and a wonderful last verse or closing verse the "ageku".

path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain


don't be like me
even though we're like the melon
split in two


wait awhile
cut the soy beans to the sound
of monks beating bowls



White Egret (image found on Pinterest; photo © Norman Johnson)

building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets


plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds


summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall


© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from: Basho, the complete haiku)

A wonderful selection I would say, but if it's a selection to create a renga with I don't know, but maybe you can do it in a great way.

This episode of "Renga With Basho" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CEST). Enjoy this "work-out" ... (smiles).


Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (18) Grass On River Bank (Ken Gierke)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

September 2018, our Tan Renga Challenge Month, is running towards its end and we have only four (4) regular posts to go. I have tried to give you an every day challenge with haiku by classical and non-classical haiku poets and by challenging you a little bit more through the Hineri episodes, as we had yesterday.

Today I have a wonderful haiku by Ken Gierke of RivrVlogr. He wrote this one in response on our first episode of "quest for a (new) masterpiece" back in May 2018. Ken is one of the haiku poets who visits CDHK very often and I am glad he does, because his Troiku are really awesome. Yes Ken is an awesome haiku poet. Thank you Ken that you are a participant of CDHK and I hope you appreciate my choice of your haiku here to create a Tan Renga with.

Credits

Here is the haiku by Ken to work with:

grass on river bank
bending over in warm breeze
pale moon looking down

© Ken Gierke (RivrVlogr)

Well ... a beautiful haiku I would say ... a really nice one to work with.

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


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (17) Without Blossom


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and that this weekend was a source of inspiration for you all of course. I have had a nice easy going weekend at home. The weather wasn't great so the most hours of this weekend I was inside my home. That gave me time to contemplate about new features here at CDHK and about our 6th anniversary next month. One of the new features I have already created is "Basho's School At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai". In this new feature we will explore the principals, rules, ideas and so on of Basho's School of Haiku. I hope to publish the first episode of this new feature later on this week.

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Okay ... back to today's episode of our TRC month Chained Together III. For this episode I have another Hineri task for you all, so that means this TRC episode you have to create the first stanza of three lines instead of the second stanza of two lines. This time I have chosen a quote by Khalil Gibran that I have re-done into the two lined stanza.

Life without love is like a tree
without blossoms or fruit.


© Khalil Gibran (Re-done into two lines by Chèvrefeuille)

A nice second stanza I would say and I hope it will inspire you to create the first (three-lined) stanza to make this Tan Renga complete.

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


Friday, September 21, 2018

Carpe Diem's Weekend Meditation #51 Tagore's "Endless Time"


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

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies. September is running towards its end and we will enter the last quarter of 2018. Really time flies. Tomorrow is already yesterday as I create this new weekend meditation. I ran through Tagore's poetry and found a nice poem about time. It is titled "endless time" and that's the poem to work with this weekend.

But let us first make a quick trip back in time. Here at CDHK we have had earlier posts about time and time is changing ... I remember an episode about Khalil Gibran about time and maybe you can remember that episode in our Santiago De Compostela month. I will give you the links to those posts at the end of this weekend meditation.

Okay ... back to the poem by Tagore to work with this weekend. Try to catch the essence of this poem in a haiku or tanka, in other words try to distil your haiku or tanka from this poem or ... and that's okay too you can share a haiku or tanka inspired on this poem by Tagore.

Endless Time (© Dr. Feelgood)

Endless Time

Time is endless in thy hands, my lord. 
There is none to count thy minutes. 

Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers. 
Thou knowest how to wait. 

Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower. 

We have no time to lose, 
and having no time we must scramble for a chance. 
We are too poor to be late. 

And thus it is that time goes by 
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it, 
and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last. 

At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut; 
but I find that yet there is time. 

© Rabindranath Tagore

What a wonderful poem this is. It has a rich meaning I think. It describes the circle of life or the path of life so to say. We all are on our path of life making choices that will influence our life. Sometimes our choices are not good. For example: I once took the path of the occult and that brought me illness and suicidal thoughts, but praise ... I found my way back and took the right path again.
Time sometimes plays with us to learn us the secrets of a righteous life and that's (in my opinion) the deeper meaning of this poem by Tagore.

Here are the links to the mentioned episodes:

Episode 914
Episode 1124

And not so long ago (last summer) I challenged you to create a Troiku on Time that episode you can find HERE.

Well ... time ... it's an everlasting theme and I hoe that you can find the inspiration this weekend to meditate and contemplate about time and share your haiku or tanka "distilled" from the poem by Tagore with us all next Sunday September 23rd.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday September 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until September 30th at noon (CEST). Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (15) broken by the storm


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our Tan Renga Challenge Month September 2018. Today I have another beautiful haiku written by the queen of haiku and tanka, Jane Reichhold. I have taken this haiku from the "autumn" section, subsection "plants", of her online version of "A Dictionary of Haiku", a modern saijiki.

As you all know Jane played an important role here at CDHK and she is still missed by us all I think. Her spirit will be always dwelling here at our Kai.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster) flower heads. Photo by Blanca Begert.

Here is the haiku (hokku) to work with:

broken by the storm
the asters' fragrance rises
out of damp earth

© Jane Reichhold

And now it is up to you to add your second stanza to make this Tan Renga complete and maybe you can try to honor Jane in your second stanza.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 27th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... have fun!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (14) sparkling wine



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge month. During lack of time I have a short episode for you today. I will give you only the haiku ("hokku") to work with. This time I have chosen a haiku by the Unknown Haiku Poet Yozakura:

Sparkling wine
Flames dance in her hand
He is granted a smile


© Yozakura

sparkling wine

Now it's up to you ... add your second stanza and make this Tan Renga complete.

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