Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at our very first episode of our new tribute special feature for Jane Reichhold. As you all know Jane meant a lot to me, but also for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. She once said "Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is the best website about haiku and other Japanese poetry forms on earth". I was (of course) delighted as she told me that and it made me humble. Who am I to get such a wonderful compliment, I am just a guy who love haiku and promoting it with whole his heart.
I know that Jane was not only important to me, but also important to several of you, my dear haijin. Jane died at the end of July 2016 in the age of 79 year. She couldn't longer cope with the pain of fybromyalgia and decided to end her life on her own will. I was shocked as I heard about her passing away and in a way I am still in shock. As you know earlier this year (March) I lost my dad and a few months later Jane, my dear friend and mentor, passed away. I hadn't recovered from the shock of losing my dad and than I lost her ... Jane ...
Jane was not only my dear friend and mentor but also co-host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I am grateful that she shared her knowledge and beautiful articles and poems with me, with us this warmhearted family of haiku and tanka poets. She granted me permission to use all her work and she gave me the exclusive rights of her e-books ... Jane was my inspiration and still is.
I believe that her spirit is still here and through her spirit she will be always part of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and that's the reason why I created this new special feature "Universal Jane", to stay in contact with her spirit, but also to keep her beautiful mind, her beautiful poetry and all her knowledge alive. Jane will be, through this new special feature, always part of our warmhearted family our Haiku Kai.
For this first episode I love to share a few haiku I recently found written by her. Five wonderful haiku to inspire you and to remember her gift ...
echoing each other
|follow your dreams|
the old monk plays the bamboo flute
becomes young again