Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Carpe Diem #1082 Raindrops (Chopin)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first episode of our new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai month, December 2016. This month it's all about the theme "Let The Music Inspire You" and we start this new month, in which I hope to inspire you through music, mostly classical music from all over the globe and of all times, with a beautiful piece of music by Chopin.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Frédéric Chopin:

Frédéric François Chopin (1810 – 1849), was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as a leading musician of his era, whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation." Chopin was born in Warsaw. A child prodigy, he completed his musical education and composed his earlier works in Warsaw before leaving Poland at the age of 20.

At 21 he settled in Paris. Thereafter, during the last 18 years of his life, he gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and by teaching piano, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his musical contemporaries, including Robert Schumann. In 1835 he obtained French citizenship. After a failed engagement to Maria Wodzińska, from 1837 to 1847 he maintained an often troubled relationship with the French woman writer George Sand. A brief and unhappy visit to Majorca with Sand in 1838–39 was one of his most productive periods of composition. In his last years, he was financially supported by his admirer Jane Stirling, who also arranged for him to visit Scotland in 1848. Through most of his life, Chopin suffered from poor health. He died in Paris in 1849, at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.

Chopin's music, his status as one of music's earliest superstars, his association (if only indirect) with political insurrection, his love life and his early death have made him a leading symbol of the Romantic era in the public consciousness. His works remain popular.

In my teenagers time I fell in love with the music of Chopin through my music teacher who was "prepping" me for the Conservatory. Chopin really created wonderful pieces of music mostly love-themed.

Beginning in D-Flat Major, this piece focuses on inner confliction and the contemplation of the solitary self. The composition was born from the mind of Frédéric Chopin. (Video created by Undying 23)

raindrops they fall one by one and become one

© Chèvrefeuille

In this haiku I have tried to bring the inner conflict to an image of nature. Raindrops (inner conflicts) fall one by one, but at the ground the become one ... and that makes the conflict solved and brings peace of mind.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 5th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, Air by J.S. Bach, later on. For now ... enjoy the music and have fun.


  1. Oof! Your haiku shows your inner joy at coming back to haiku..though I say 'oof' because that was my instant reaction: stunned...maybe your finest haiku I have seen.

  2. I too find it outstanding but in a deep philosophically way. Love it!