Saturday, August 13, 2016

Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) 7 Jane's last haiku

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This is the (belated) last episode of our tribute Theme Week for Jane Reichhold. Jane was a very close friend and participated in Carpe Diem on the background. Without her knowledge I couldn't have created Carpe Diem. Without her gratefulness I couldn't have made several of our theme months on, for example, Matsuo Basho. I even think that Carpe Diem had died without her being co-host of it.

On July 28th 2016 Jane decided that she no longer wanted to live ... With her passing away the haiku world has lost one of the greatest haiku poets of modern times. Jane ... Queen of Haiku (and tnaka) will be missed. She will be forever in my heart and through Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I hope to honor her as long as Carpe Diem will exist.

Recently I spook with Werner, her husband, through the mail and he was glad that Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, our loving family of haiku poets, remembered him and that gave him strength. Remember Werner and his family in your prayers. He and Jane were together for over 45 years and they found each other in haiku. Jane Reichhold ... Queen of Haiku

In Loving Memory

Maybe you know that a lot of haiku poets wrote their Jisei and Werner shared Jane's last haiku with me through the mail. This was Jane's last haiku, her Jisei:

with the moon
night too disappears
into the ocean

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Share your memories and your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form about Jane Reichhold with us all. Please remember Jane in your heart and let her spirit inspire you.

morning dew
evaporates at sunrise
a skylark's song

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 18th at noon (CET).

PS. In September we will honor Jane again through daily prompts chosen from her "A Dictionary of Haiku".


  1. What a beautiful, touching fragile, yet so strong.
    Thank you, Chèvrefeuille.

  2. Thank you Ese and Janice. I am still in a kind of shock. Jane was a dear friend and I will miss her forever.

  3. This is a beautiful tribute to Jane, Kristjaan. I know you were very close and I am sorry for your loss.