Thursday, April 14, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #206 Sara McNulty's 2nd

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to present to you our 2nd CD-Special in which I introduce haiku created by our "time'-kukai winner Sara McNulty. Sara is a gifted haiku poetess and has created her own style during the years. She is one of the family-members who has been here from almost the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

This what she says about herself:

[...] "I am a dreamer.  My imagination whirls like an eddy all the time.  As a devoted
Alice-in-Wonderland fan, my office is decorated appropriately to reflect that. 

Most of my life was lived in New York, where I still have family, and dear friends.  Moving to the Pacific northwest, opened my senses more fully to nature.  What better way to relay nature than haiku. 

As a child, I wrote stories and poems, carrying them around in an old cigar box
of my Dad’s.  I stopped writing sometime in my teens, and did not put pen to paper
again, until my 40’s.  With encouragement, I took writing classes, joined groups,
and wrote short stories.  About ten years ago, I found my niche in poetry.  Haiku has developed my sense of concentration and conciseness.  Drawing classes taught me to see in a whole different light and perspective.  Poetry blogs have opened up a new life for me.  I belong to a group of poets called, Voices In Verse, which meets once a month.  The people are wonderful, and we share our writing.

My inspiration comes from the beauty of nature, observations of people, my dogs, and a well-seasoned sense of humor . . . oh, and of course the color purple." [...]

Sara McNulty
Back in November 2013 we had a whole month of Tan Renga Challenges and in one them I shared a haiku by Sara as the starting verse of the Tan Renga. I love to share that haiku here again for inspiration.

life completes circle
at the end of the journey
death draws the last line

© Sara McNulty

I remember that I completed the Tan Renga starting with this beautiful haiku by Sara with the following two lined stanza:

each curve in the path of life
gives new panoramic views

© Chèvrefeuille

Recently I thought about bringing the Tan Renga back. As you maybe know I published the Tan Renga Challenge every Friday and I am missing that a lot, so I think I will restart the Tan Renga Challenge next month.

The goal of the CD-Specials is to create / write a haiku (tanka or other Japanese poetry form) inspired on the given haiku trying to catch the spirit of the haiku poet/ess. So here it goes:

bare branches
cherry tree starts to bloom -
awaiting cherries

© Chèvrefeuille

Sakura in bloom (photo © Chèvrefeuille) 

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, morning, later on. For now .... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all.

PS. Next Sunday I will start with our third Theme Week ... I have already an idea which theme it will become ... I will surprise you.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed Sara's personal story...especially the poems & stories in dad's cigar box :)