Thursday, June 2, 2016

Carpe Diem #968 Germany

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new stage in our journey through Europe. Today we are visiting Germany, also one of the co-founders of the EU back in 1957, than it was by the way only western Germany, because Germany was split into western and eastern Germany, as was shown through the Berlin Wall.

Berlin Wall

In 1989, a series of radical political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, euphoric people and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the Wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of what was left. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

The Berlin Wall I have seen it, I have been there ... after the fall of the wall finally freedom was given.
I love the beauty of Germany, but the most beautiful of Germany (I know it's a cliché) is in my opinion the Black Forest.
Black Forest
God's creation
the Black Forest
a higlight

© Chèvrefeuille

As I promised you in our first episode of our new CDHK month I hope to introduce haiku poets from every country we are visiting.
For this episode I have found two German haiku poets. I will share their haiku here (also in their own language):
Gerd Börner
autumn sun -
along the trees
skipping shadows
Herbstsonne -
an den Bäumen entlang
über Schatten springen
© Gerd Börner

And here a haiku by Georges Hartmann:
Georges Hartmann
wild roses
on the abandoned tracks
bloom as every year
am stillgelegten Bahngleis
blühn wie jedes Jahr
© Georges Hartmann

Well ... I think this has become another nice episode. I hope it will inspire you to create new haiku.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 7th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, France, later on.



  1. I heard the Black Forest is very nice. A lot of research in these posts.

    1. I like to research everything I use, so no problem at all. Sure it takes time, but I just like to do what I do my friend.

  2. Carpe Diem #968 Germany:

    Rhine after dark
    bridge lights reflecting
    on thousands of locks