Monday, September 8, 2014

Carpe Diem "Time Glass", a time-challenging new feature

Credits: logo picture
Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you can remember our CD "Vision Quest" last month, in which I challenged you to write a new haiku inspired on a given haiku within 24 hours. Well ... I did like that your responses were great and many. So I have created this new feature CD "Time Glass" to challenge you a bit more than I did in our "Vision Quest".
As you all know one of the classic rules of haiku is that the haiku describes a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. In other words, haiku is just an image created in less than a minute, within an eye-blink so to say.
In this new feature I challenge you to write a haiku inspired on a given prompt and picture (an image, photo, painting or something) and post it within just 12 hours. With this new feature I hope to "learn" you all to write a haiku inspired on that short moment. This new feature is really a time-challenge, because the submission-time is just 12 hours.

I will give you an example of what I mean:

First the photo:
Credits: Lonely Rose
And than the prompt:


This can inspire you to write a haiku. Look at the photo, let it "come to life" in front of your eyes. What has happened here? When was it? And so on ...

The prompt in this example is "love", so maybe this photo and prompt are bound together, because of a broken love, or just 'stupid' loss of the corsage ....
Let me give it a try and share my "Time Glass" haiku with you all:

running away
she left him in front of the altar -
broken love

© Chèvrefeuille

Or maybe it's more about the loss of the rose? Than maybe this could be the haiku:

after the party
running towards home
she lost her rose

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I think you all understand the goal of this new feature. Write/compose a new haiku inspired on the given photo and prompt and post it within 12 hours, catch the moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water, and share it with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Here is our first Time Glass challenge:

Here is the photo:

Credits: Contrails or Chemtrails
And here is the prompt:


Well ... I think this is a nice first Time Glass challenge and I am looking forwrad to all of your "Time Glass" haiku inspired on the 'contrails' (or 'chemtrails')-photo and the 'autumn leaves' prompt. And remember ... you have just 12 hours to post your response haiku on this first "Time Glass" feature.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 9th 7.00 AM (CET), so you have just 12 hours!! Have fun! Be inspired and share.


  1. It's called contrail .. :-) hopefully just water.

  2. Nice haiku on love, and what a fountain of ideas!

  3. Hopefully I can make the twelve hours ... alsa I only write in the early morning hours .. but I'll give it a go!

  4. Whoops missed it.
    Just in case -

  5. Just missed it. Here is mine anyway. Didn't like your photo so chose another. Since I missed it, it really does not matter.