Friday, July 20, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #42 Gaia Goddess Of Earth (new feature)

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation, our special feature for the weekend in which you have time to meditate and contemplate before you can submit your inspirational works. As I said in our earlier post today I hadn't yet decided which feature for the weekend meditation I would use. I couldn't decide or make a choice, because we have so much different features here at CDHK. So I thought "maybe I can create a new feature for the weekend meditation" ... And I did of course that last idea.

This afternoon I read a wonderful article about Druidry and that triggered my inspiration and imagination. Haiku ... the poetry of nature, needs a new "boost" here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. So I decided to create a new special feature. I "baptized" it ... Gaia Goddess Of Earth. Gaia is another name for Mother Nature and I think She can inspire us to create haiku as it is meant to be ... a poem of nature.

credits logo
Let me start with a "mantra" that is used by the druids as they are celebrating every full moon:

Deep within the still centre of my being
may I find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the grove
may I share peace.
Gently within the greater circle of humankind
may I radiate peace.

As I read this "mantra" I was immediately caught by its strength, its beauty, its complexity and its simplicity. Those feelings are the same as the ones I sense as I am creating haiku. And that's the goal of this new feature: Try to catch the beauty, the strength, the complexity and the simplicity of nature in your haiku or tanka.

For this first episode of this new weekend meditation feature I don't give you a prompt, because I love to challenge you to walk through your neighborhood and find the prompt, the theme, of this new feature. Maybe to help us, your readers, to relate to your poem, you can share a photo of the "source" of your inspiration.

I will give you an example of the above task:

© Chèvrefeuille
Well ... I hope you all do like this new feature for our weekend meditation. Have a wonderful weekend!

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday July 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 29th at noon (CEST). Have fun ... be inspired!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Carpe Diem #1479 abandoned boat

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are "running" towards the end of this Imagination Without Limits month. I have read awesome responses and you all make me proud. Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is a real haiku-loving family and I can see, feel and read that in every haiku or tanka you have shared with us. Thank you all for being part of this wonderful haiku-family and that you are all active participants.

Today I have a wonderful image for you, this time one I found on one of the many Tumblrs I visit often.

abandoned boat
Look at this image. What a sad scene this is. The colors are chosen in a great way and those colors make this image very dramatic. What has happened? Why was this boat abandoned? What will happen to it as time goes on ...?

lost and alone
a boat, left in a hurry,

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... not as strong as I had hoped. Maybe I will come up with another one later on ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 26th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on. I haven't decided yet which weekend-meditation feature I will choose.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Carpe Diem #1478 Harbor

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time for a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like write and share Japanese poetry like haiku and tanka. Today I will give you a beautiful image for your inspiration. It's (again) a photo from my hometown, but I also have a question for you. Let me give you first the image for your inspiration and after that my question.

The Harbor of my hometown (image © Chèvrefeuille)
And here is my question: You may use this image for your inspiration or share an image taken in your neighborhood or hometown and share your inspired Japanese poetry on your own image.

I enter the harbor
finally home again
after the storm
seagulls cry, their sad voice
a treasure for my heart

© Chèvrefeuille

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 later on. For now ... have fun and awaken your muses!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Carpe Diem #1477 Walking Down to the Beach

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's again a very hot day here in The Netherlands, temperatures are rising above 30 degrees Celsius. Maybe the already the result of the global warming, but I think that's a to big word for it. At least until halfway August the weather will stay this way in The Netherlands. There are even weather forecasts that say that we will have temperatures rising until 40 degrees Celsius ... I hope not of course, but you never know.

Global warming it's a worldwide theme and it's a problem, not a little problem, but very big problem. Can we fight against this global warming? Or will there be only desert ...

Today I hope to inspire you through a beautiful image I found somewhere on Tumblr. In my opinion it's a nice image to work with. So are you ready?!

Walking down to the Beach
I wish I could dive into this image and dive into the cool water. Finding the coolness after a hot summer day would be awesome along the beach. The beach ... a place to meditate and contemplate, but also to make love ...

after the heat
together with my love
our own heat

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku/senryu)

With this love-poem I hope to insoire you to create also a love poem, a haiku or tanka? That's your own choice. Try to catch love in your poem.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 24th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Carpe Diem #1476 Silver Park

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have an announcement to make. As you (will) see at the right of our Kai, the link towards our forum is deleted. I have deleted the forum, because it didn't work well enough and it took to much of my time to keep it up to date.
Second I have another announcement to make ... next month August 2018 we will go on a journey here at CDHK. We will visit countries all over the world for their folk music. Every regular episode will feature a music video of a kind of folk music. I will try to tell you a little bit background on that kind of folk music and I hope that will help your muses to awaken.

Okay ... back to this new episode of our wonderful Kai. As I told you earlier this month I love to share images of my hometown this month too. And today I have another wonderful image for you. It's our so called "Silver Park" and it is situated in front of the hospital were I am working as an oncology nurse. In this same "Silver Park" the youth of our town have created what they call "Silver Hills", it's a skateboard yard with all kind of tricks. It's a wonderful place to relax for them and it's really a joy to watch them while doing their tricks.

"Silver Park" (photo © Chèvrefeuille
The hospital you cannot see on this photo, but it's situated more to the right in this photo. The name of this park is derived from the Silver Birches around this park and that brought a haiku from my archives in mind:

in pale moonlight
silver birches look like ghosts
rustling leaves

© Chèvrefeuille (2012)

And a new one, more inspired on the image:

sound of water
waterlilies dance in the sun
ah how refreshing!

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN (TOO) for your submissions and will remain open until July 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have a great day full of inspiration!

Carpe Diem #1475 raindrops sparkle

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. As I am preparing this episode I realize that I haven't posted our episode of Monday 16th, my excuses for that. So this episode is our Monday July 16th episode and I will create another episode today also.

Here is your image to inspire you. It's a wonderful image of flowers in the rain. Rain that's what we need here in The Netherlands, because it's almost three weeks very warm (hot) and we haven't had one drop of rain. So nature is suffering from drought here. This image is a nice way of saying ... let rain let it rain!

Raindrops Sparkle
after the drought
flowers sparkle the dust away
in the summer rain

© Chèvrefeuille

(The image I found on

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 22nd at noon (CEST). Immediately after this episode I will publish our new episode.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018 Finding The Way

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time again for our traditional seasonal retreat. A period of 30 days in which the goal is to write haiku or tanka about a theme every day. This is the Summer Retreat 2018 Finding The Way.
Here at CDHK we have had several themes about Finding The Way for example we have been on a pilgrimage along the 88 temples on Shikoku Island, the once in a lifetime to do pilgrimage for Buddhists. And we have done the pilgrimage to Santiago The Compostela. Both were actual pilgrimages, but the theme "Finding The Way" is inspired on our inner pilgrimage to Find Our Way or Find Our Path or Finding Our Inner Peace ... or whatever you will name it.

Finding The Way (Spiritual Journey)
It's Summer ... and it can be summer in your heart and mind ... find your way ... write a haiku or tanka every day on the theme "Finding The Way" for a period of 30 days. Take your time. If you haven't enough inspiration to write every day than ... don't worry ... here at CDHK are "no strings attached".

Let me give you an example of a haiku that fits this theme. This haiku is written by Yozakura, The Wandering Spirit:

lost in the woods
not enough light to find the path -
the cry of an owl

© Yozakura

Well ... I hope you will enjoy this year's Summer Retreat. The Summer Retreat is open for your submissions next Sunday July 15th at 10:00 PM (CEST) and will run to August 14th at 10:00 PM (CEST). Enjoy the Retreat.