Monday, March 25, 2019

Carpe Diem #1633 Wedding

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. As you know I have changed our theme for this month instead of Kumano Kodo it's now A New Route Leaving Kumano Kodo a journey along modern and classical kigo (seasonwords) for spring. Yesterday I started with "desire" taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today I have another nice modern kigo for spring also taken from "A Dictionary of Haiku".

Today our modern kigo is "wedding". I can hear you think "why is wedding a modern kigo?" Let me try to explain that. In Nature Religions, like Shinto and Paganism for example, it is not done to marry in the dark part of the year (autumn and winter), but in the light part of the year you can marry. So that's why Jane has chosen to bring "wedding" as a modern kigo for spring.
Ofcourse I don't know what kind of religion Jane belonged to, but what I know ... she was a haiku poet and as you all know haiku is rooted in nature ... so maybe that was Jane's reason to bring "wedding" as a spring kigo.

Pagan Wedding (image found on Pinterest)
Here are a few examples of haiku by Jane Reichhold themed "wedding":

rehearsing vows
in the middle of the night

boats in the harbor
anchored together

© Jane Reichhold

Two beautiful haiku themed "wedding". I am married for 28 years next month and I am still deeply in love with my wife. We had a wonderful (low budget) wedding, but we enjoyed it very much. We celebrated our wedding at our home with all of our loved ones ... yes it was a wonderful day that I will never forget.

early this morning
the sound of church bells
through the mist

© Chèvrefeuille

And I ran into a nice haiku in my archive, that in a way resonates with the above haiku. I revised the original by the way to make the connection a little bit clearer.

croaking frogs
the old mansion is alive
a farmer's wedding

© Chèvrefeuille 

What a joy it was to create this episode for you all. It's a small token of my love for Jane Reichhold and my love for our CDHK family. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 1st at noon (CET). Have a wonderful day ...!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Carpe Diem #1632 Desire ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. I hope you all have had a nice weekend full of inspiration. I had a very busy weekend at work and at home. We had visitors the whole weekend and the last visitor has just left ... that's why I am late with publishing. Forgive me ...

Last week I decided to leave the Kumano Kodo and start a new route ... classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) for spring and today I have a nice modern spring kigo taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", a modern saijki. The modern kigo I have chosen is "desire" and that's a wonderful "emotion" for spring. I desire for the beauty of young green leaves, lots of spring flowers and of course the blooming of the plum and cherry.

Maybe you can remember our theme week about the "Latifa Prayer", one of the main lines of that prayer is "I desire". However the "Latifa Prayer" is not about spring but about "finding the way to inner balance and enlightenment", but isn't that also spring?

As you all know Jane Reichhold was a close friend of mine, but also a close friend of CDHK, she even was one of the hosts here. I have only warm loving memories about her and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to get to know her ... I still miss her, but I know for sure her spirit is still dwelling here at CDHK.

Snowdrops are mostly the first flowers that trumpeting the coming of spring ... so they are in my opinion the natural "desire" the longing for a new day, a new season ... spring.

cold winter night
dreaming about the coming of spring -
Ah! the first snowdrops

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope I have awakend your muse and I hope I have inspired you today.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 31st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. That will be another wonderful kigo for spring.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #77 Poetry Archive (3) ... cherry blossom

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday March 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our special weekend meditation. This weekend I have another nice challenge for you ... a new episode of "Poetry Archive", that special feature in which I love to ask you to dive into your archive(s) and find a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form you have created. This weekend, as it's Spring, I love to ask you to search your archive for poems themed "Cherry Blossom". As you all know I love creating haiku about cherry blossoms and I even created a special E-book "fragile beauty" with only haiku about cherry blossom.

Maybe you know the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) that already has started in Vancouver region Canada. I think you know that the VCBF also organized a haiku contest every year during the VCBF. I had the opportunity to be part in that contest and a few of my haiku got an honorable mention. I have still warm memories about that so I love to share a few of my haiku that got a honorable mention. For that I had to dive into my archive(s).

Cherry Blossoms 2019 Vancouver Canada

the cooing of pigeons
between blooming cherry trees -
the cool rain

© Chèvrefeuille (2010, honorable mention)

In 2013 I offered again two haiku for this haiku contest and got a honorable mention for the following haiku:

finally Spring
the old Sakura in the backyard
in full bloom

© Chèvrefeuille (2013, honorable mention)

Two wonderful haiku I think that brought me nice memories while searching for them in my archives. As you know for this feature you have to choose a poem from your archives and create a new one inspired on your choice and ofcourse I love to hear why you have chosen that specific haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

As I said above the task is to create an all new haiku inspired on the poems of your choice ... so I have to create a new one also. I have given it a try:

at sunrise
a pair of pigeons awaken
between cherry blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille

Cherry Blossom in Vancouver (photo© Alexandra Grant)

Well ... with this wonderful photo by Alexandra Grant of  "To Vogue Or Bust" I end this weekend meditation. I am looking forward to all of your wonderful responses. Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday March 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 31st at noon (CET). By the way I will use another Linking Widget for this weekend meditation ... I don't know if I will continue with that linking widget, but we will see. (Click on the CDHK logo below to open the linking widget)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Carpe Diem #1631 A new chapter ... leaving the Kumano Kodo

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you have read the CD Extra already than you know that I am a bit sad that the Kumano Kodo doesn't bring you what I had hoped for so I have decided to leave the Kumano Kodo and go on another trail. That trail ... I already mentioned in our CD Extra of today. I will give you new themes for the rest of this month ... those themes have all to do with Spring, New Life, Nature coming to life again and the light returning back to us.

It's maybe an unexpected turn this month, but it really makes me sad that the responses are in a downfall ... Every day I try to create posts to inspire you ... creating those episodes takes my time. Don't understand me wrong, I like to give my time for you ... but as I see the downfall of your responses than I have difficulties to take time in creating for your inspiration.

It's the second time in our wonderful CDHK history that I decide to change the theme in a running month. Maybe you can remember that I did that earlier in the month about the Quran ... it feels like failure ... to change our theme, but ... well it had to be that way I think.

For today I have chosen to inspire you with a wonderful sonnet by William Shakespeare titled: From you have I been absent in the spring. So you can see this as an episode of that special feature "Distillation" in which I challenged you to create a haiku or tanka inspired on a longer poem. Or create a haiku or tanka from the given poem.

Here is the poem by William Shakespeare:

Sonnet 98: From you have I been absent in the spring

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight
Drawn after you, – you pattern of all those.
    Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
    As with your shadow I with these did play.

© William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

A wonderful sonnet by renown Shakespeare. Shakespeare is one of my favorite poets and I hope he can inspire you to create haiku or tanka.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 28th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem Extra March 21st 2019 ... sneak preview 2nd quarter 2019

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to give you a sneak preview for our 2nd quarter of 2019, but first I have a question for you all. This month we are on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, but it seems like you all have not enough inspiration for this month. So I love to hear from you what is the matter? CDHK was a blossoming group of poets that share their love for Japanese poetry, but ... I don't know what is happening but it looks like CDHK has no future anymore.

As you all know I love to create CDHK, but if enthousiasm starts to become smaller than I don't know if I will go on with CDHK. Ofcourse there will be all kinds of reasons why the responses are not that much anymore. Maybe it's the theme for this month or maybe it takes to much of your time. So please let me know what I can change to bring back your enthousiasm. Maybe you have ideas for new themes, new features or maybe another way of making CDHK.

Okay ... let me tell you my ideas for the 2nd quarter of 2019.

April 2019:

I have ran through our rich history and I found a few months in which there was an awesome response. Those months were all about classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords). So in April all our prompts will be classical and non-classical kigo for Spring.

such a sad event
young cherry blossoms frozen
in a cold spring night

© Chèvrefeuille (2016)

May 2019:

Another theme on which your responses were wonderful were the Tan Renga Challenge months. That wonderful kind of chained verse that brings poets together. In May I will create a month full of Tan Renga Challenges with ofcourse also several hineri (with a twist) episodes.
Tan Renga is a chained verse of two stanza, the first stanza has three lines and the second stanza has two lines. The second stanza is created through association on the scenes in the first stanza. Tan Renga looks similar with Tanka, but is written by two poets (as in a renga).

morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew                                                      (Jane Reichhold)

her bright shining eyes
she unpacks her new doll                                     (your host)

June 2019:

In June I will challenge you (again) because in that month I hope to bring a month full of Troiku, that creative new way of haiku-ing that I invented back in 2012. In June I hope to challenge you to create a Troiku Hineri every week.

morning dew
vanished in a second as the sun rises -
life is short

morning dew
makes the spiderweb crystaline
nature's treasure

vanished in a second as the sun rises
the fragile hoarfrost on the branches -
ice skating

life is short
I see the thin grey hair of my parents
I become grey too

© Chèvrefeuille

I am looking forward to this 2nd quarter and I hope you will too.


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1630 Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage ...The Kohechi Trail

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I have to apologize (again) for not publishing yesterday, but sometimes ... time is not at my side. Today however I had time to create a new episode of this wonderful pilgrimage month.
As I told you earlier this month the Kumano Kodo (Ancient Road) is a complex of five different pilgrimage route and today I love to take you on another Kumano Kodo trail ... The Kohechi trail.

Let me tell you a little bit about this Kohechi trail: Kohechi connects Kumano with Koyasan. This mountaintop route is long and challenging, and consequently should not be undertaken without careful preparation. Inns are rarely found without zigzagging up and down the mountainsides into valley towns, greatly increasing the distance traveled. Kohechi was used mainly by Buddhist monks from the temple complex of Mount Koya.

a fallen cocoon
in the first rays of the morning sun -
a butterfly rises
drying it's young blue wings
to live fully

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

About the temple complex of Mount Koya there is a lot to tell but of course that;s not possible, but I just had to tell you a little about it.

Mount Koya (Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage.

Garan Temple

Kobo Daishi began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 after wandering the country for years in search of a suitable place to center his religion. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Koyasan. The most important among them are Kongobuji, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism, and Okunoin, the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum.

pilgrims chanting
the Heart Sutra to honor Kukai -
cry of a Vulture
breaks through the serene temple -
pilgrims chanting

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

Here we make a connection with one of our earlier pilgrimages here at CDHK ... the Shikoku pilgrimage. Back in 2014 we digitally walked this pilgrimage for two months visiting the 88 temples on Shikoku Island. The above tanka I wrote back in those months.

I have wonderful memories of that Shikoku pilgrimage and I hope, you my dear Haijin, have those memories too.

deep meditation
high up in the mountains
chanting Buddhist monks

© Chèvrefeuille

What an awesome feeling this episode gives me. Here we can feel how all the post on CDHK are connected with each other ... isn't that awesome?

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until March 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have fun!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Carpe Diem Extra March 19th 2019 Delay

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During circumstances and lack of time I hadn't the opportunity to create and publish our new episode. I hope to create our new episode later on on March 20th 2019. My excuses for the inconvenience.


Chèvrefeuille, your host