Monday, February 3, 2014

Carpe Diem Sneak Preview #4, A few changes which I love to share with you all and a few new ideas.

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to give you all a Sneak Preview for the nearby future of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. First I have an announcement to make. As I said earlier in Sneak Preview #3 I would love to visit Japanese Festivals in April, but after thinking it over and over again I have decided to 're-place' the Japanese Festivals to our second anniversary month upcoming October. So in October, as we have our second anniversary, I will take you all on a tour along several Japanese Festivals. So that month will be one big celebration. I hope you all don't mind this change.

One of Japan's Summer festivals

What is coming up?

Right now we are on a pilgrimage along the 88 temples on the Island of Shikoku to discover the roots of Buddhism and the influence of it on our beloved haiku. Our pilgrimage will last to end of March, because it's to much for one month and ofcourse we have our Spanish pilgrimage along The Way of St. James or the road to Santiago De Compostela.
In March we will have our second part of both pilgrimages and I am looking forward to it. I hope that you all like this pilgrimages.
In April I will go back to 'the beginning' of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and will use just words for prompt. In May I hope to make a month full of Legends, Myths and Saga from all over the world, but to make that Carpe Diem Haiku Kai month I need your help, my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers. Please share your suggestions for this 'Legend, Myth and Saga'-month. For that cause I have made a new page titled 'Legend, Myth and Saga'. You can find that page on the bar above.

The Legend of Atlantis

In June we will have another month of inspirational music as we have had earlier last year. This month I will use music composed by a young Portugese composer BrunuhVille. That will really be a joy. he has composed wonderful music very similar to the music of Adrrian von Ziegler (last december). I love to share already a piece of music composed by BrunuhVille hereafter.

I think this is wonderful music and I hope you will like it too.

In the second half of the year we will have another month of Tan Renga Challenges and I am busy with getting permission to use the music of a wellknown worldwide composer of New Age music, but until now I can't say anything about him giving me permission.

As you all maybe can remember last year we had several months in which I used Classical Japanese Kigo (seasonwords) and in September I hope to prepare another month with Kigo, this time not classical Kigo, but Modern Kigo gathered by Jane Reichhold, one of the most wellknown haiku poetesses of modern times.

To enclose this CD Sneak Preview:

After our pilgrimage-months I will start again with our weekly Tan Renga Challenge and the CD Specials with a featured haiku-poet. So after our pilgrimges we will go back to normal.
Than the following: I have plans to create an Anthology of haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka and haibun about our first two years as a haiku-family and I hope you all will help me to create that Anthology. I have created a new email-adress to which you can email your haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun which you would like to contribute to this Anthology. The email-adress to use for your contribution to the First Carpe Diem Anthology is the following:

Feel free to email your haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun which you have published on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to this email-adress. .

Last but not least: I have made a new weblog (still under construction at the moment) titled: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Dojo. I will migrate our lectures to that new weblog and I hope to tell you more about how to write haiku and other Japanese poetry-forms on that new weblog.
And I will point you to our second weblog: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special another time. All the Special features will be published there except our Specials with the featured haiku-poet and the weekly Tan renga Challenge.

Well ... I hope you are all just as excited as I am with our near future.

a little verse
from a faraway country -
riding on the wind

(c) Chèvrefeuille

See you soon ...


  1. Sorry I have been gone....Here are my excuses:

    FEB 2014 POEMS


    (Just spent five days in the hospital surviving
    the really nasty bacteria released from hiding
    under a large gall stone for about five years.
    When the stone was removed, the little nasties
    flooded my body, and I was hooked to anti-
    biotic drips for four days. In the VA Recovery
    Room, I had a Russian doctor and several nurses
    with multi-national names. I sometimes felt that I was
    on a surgical stop along the Trans Siberean Railroad.
    But I am ready to resume the discovery and quest
    of our pilgrimage through some mind-and-body-clearing
    meditations and soul-searching. But first, a short report
    of my travails.
    Thanks for the well wishes from friends around the world.)

    29 Jan 14 - 2 Feb 14 (Surgery and Recovery)

    recovery room...
    in white coat and stethescope
    my Russian Shaman
    petit woman all business
    with daily briefings/orders

    outside my window
    a buzzard circles daily
    cleaning the highway
    of putrid waste and spoilage...
    I call her Shaman's eagle

    in the GI ward
    multi-national nurses
    poking and probing...
    Vietnamese nurse saying
    she had E coli as child

    nurse pushing wheelchair
    taking me for some Xrays...
    name: Anastasia
    unrelated to Czar Nick
    mysterious black beauty

    second daily brief...
    still no smile from Doc Shaman
    my show must go on...
    called the buzzard her eagle
    viola! a touch of a smile!

    day three on the ward
    learned about the three big Ps--
    pain, pee and poo poo
    pain lessening in my throat
    plenty of pee poop

    day three evening
    unhooked from the IV
    the big poop session...
    up walking down the hallway...
    “Hey, I pooped in the potty.”

    day four briefing
    Doc concerned about some things
    to be monitoredt:
    chronic pancreatitis
    chronic gallstones, e coli

    more surgery due
    for the offending bladder...
    a bushel of meds
    more tests and treatments needed
    follow-up labs with prime care

    added concerns
    COPD big problem
    great breathing concerns
    nebulizer ordered
    left hospital too soon

    (“om mani padme hum...
    om mani padme hum...”)

    my spirit ready
    to discard travails and trials...
    resuming travels
    visiting temples...finding
    a warm and calming peace...

    om mani padme hum...


    1. Opie,
      Thanks for the update on your health...what a time that must have been.

      Hope all will be well now and you are up to your fabulous writing.


  2. Kris,
    It sounds exciting ! Have been suffering from the winter of the decade in Maine...
    SAD but the constant dark days, often extreme cold and the ice storm, blizzards have affected me more than I thought... I looked at my summary of posts for January and was
    surprised at how lax I'd been...
    Will try to keep up...I'm sure spring MUST be just around the corner.

    Hope all is well with you and your family,

  3. An exciting preview for the months ahead!

  4. This looks like a very interesting year! Thanks so much for the preview and the links!

  5. Very creative and innovative, Kris. I'll join in whenever I can, for sure.