Monday, December 17, 2018

Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2018 (1) wishes for the holidays


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our traditional countdown to Christmas feature 2018. As you all know I started this tradition several years ago. We are counting down to Christmas and in my opinion Christmas Eve (December 24th) is the beginning of Christmas, so that's why I start this countdown on December 17th at 7:00 PM (CET).

I love this time of year ... the holidays ... and I think that a lot of you have already decorarted their Christmastree. I have it already decorated a week ago and I had immediately a feeling of Christmas notwithstanding the difficult time I was in with the bankruptcy of the hospital were I was working.

This year 2018 was again a wonderful year here at CDHK and I hope you all had that same experience. We have had wonderful themes and there were several new features e.g. "the quest for a new masterpiece", "Renga with Basho ..." and "Crossroads". All wonderful new features, but the main role was always haiku or other kinds of Japanese poetry.
As I look back than I am glad and proud to be your host. I think CDHK has become a more loving family of haiku poets and I thiank you for that.


Well ... it was a wonderful year and I am looking forward to our upcoming year 2019. I hope you all will stay part of this wonderful loving family of haiku poets and will stay participating in the daily memes.

This time of year we all send eachother wishes for the holidays and the new year and that's our theme for today ... wishes for the holidays ... You are free to give form to this theme through e.g. haiku, tanka or haiga. Give your wishes for the holidays a nice place here ...

Here is my inspired haiku on this theme:

dispelling the darkness
after the long cold winter
welcoming the light

© Chèvrefeuille

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a wonderful creative 2019.

This episode of our traditional feature "seven days before christmas" is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 24th at noon (CET). I hope to publish our new "seven days before Christmas"-episode later on.


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Carpe Diem #1566 An Epic Journey Through New Spain --


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are "haiku-ing" along the Pan American Highway and now we have arrived in Nogales Arizona also known as "New Spain" and that's why I themed this episode "An Epic Journey Through New Spain".

"¡Vayan Subiendo!"("Everyone mount up!") was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. A diverse group of 30 migrant families scratched their way across the frontier of New Spain, and carved their way into American history.

More about this "Epic Journey Through New Spain", you can find HERE. Enjoy the read!

An Epic Journey Through New Spain
A wonderful story along the Pan American Highway ... for sure worth to read about and become inspired through:

new places
out there to explore
follow nature


© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong senryu I think, but it's a scene that points towards the above mentioned journey by Juan Bautista de Anza.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Than we will cross the border of Mexico.

PS.: Tomorrow around 5:00 PM (CET) our first episode of "Seven Days Before Christmas" will be online and with that I will continue our CDHK tradition.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #63 The Quest For A New Masterpiece Continues ... winter


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday December 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late with publishing our new weekend meditation. I hadn't time to publish it yesterday, because of trouble traveling from work to home.

This weekend has already begun, but that doesn't mean that I will not publish our weekend meditation. This weekend I love to challenge you again to create your masterpiece. As you all know a while ago we started our quest for a new masterpiece and I have seen a lot of masterpieces.
There are several classical and non-classical haiku (or tanka) that have become evergreens. For example the "crow" haiku by Basho:

on a withered branch
a crow is perched
autumn evening

© Bashō (1644–1694)

Basho wrote this haiku in the year 1680, and it is often considered to be a marker of the beginning of Bashō’s mature style.

Or what to say of that beauty by Chiyo-Ni:

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

Two real masterpieces, everlasting beauty ... or an evergreen so to say.


For sure you will know other masterpieces by classical (and non-classical) haiku (or tanka) poets, but the goal of this new feature isn't the quest for known (renown) masterpieces, but to create masterpieces, it's a real challenge, because you, my dear haijin, visitors and travelers, have to challenge yourself to create your masterpiece.

What makes a haiku (or tanka) a masterpiece? Well ... I will give it a try to tell you what a haiku (or tanka) makes a masterpiece in my opinion:

First: It has to describe a moment that got your attention.
Second: You have to use the right words. Words that describe the moment in its true way.
Third: Maybe ... use the classical way of creating haiku (or tanka) (as mentioned in CDHK Lecture One above in the menu).
Fourth: It has been written right from the heart or soul not the mind.
Fifth: It's (maybe) in the sense and tone of the classical haiku (tanka) poets.
Sixth: It has to be ... how shall I say it ... be your child, your creation ... in a masterpiece we can read, between the lines, the poet who created it.

For this weekend meditation I challenge you to create your new masterpiece themed "winter", because here on the Northern Hemisphere it's winter (almost). I f you are living on the Southern Hemisphere than you may try to create your new masterpiece themed "summer".


Of course I had to try it myself, but wasn't inspired enough, so I have chosen one of my "masterpieces" from my archives:

a last rose
more fragile than ever
clothed in snow

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... a nice weekend meditation I think. I am looking forward to all of your new masterpieces. By the way I hope to create our first Carpe Diem Quest For A New Masterpiece (exclusive) E-book January 2019.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday December 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode along the Pan American Highway later on. For now .... have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, December 14, 2018

Carpe Diem Extra December 14th 2018 ... No new post today


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I think you already noticed ... no new post for Friday 14th posted. I haven't had time to create the new episode in our "Haiku-ing along the Pan American Highway" because of lack of time. I will try to post our new weekend meditation later on today, but I cannot promise that. As you know I sarted on my new job and because of traveling time I now need to go to my new job I don't have the opportunity to publish. I am sorry ...

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Carpe Diem #1565 Pacific Beach ... San Diego


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This month we are "haiku-ing along the Pan American Highway" and today we are finding a place to rest on Pacific Beach San Diego. San Diego has a Mediterranean Climate and that makes it a nice place to take time to meditate and contemplate and just enjoy the climate. So today I have a nice "crossroads" feature. As you all know the goal of "crossroads" is to create a "fusion ku". I have chosen a few haiku for you themed "beach" to work with.

Pacific Beach San Diego
Here are the haiku, this time I chosen two written by myself:

a whisper of rain
awakens me gently
morning on the beach

hot summer night
together with my friends -
singing on the beach

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 19th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Carpe Diem #1564 Las Vegas ... come on gamble (out of the box)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are haiku-ing along the Pan American Highway, a 30.000 km long highway straight through the Americas from north to south. Yesterday we stopped at the City of Angels and today ... we will stop in ... say the opposite of Los Angeles, Las Vegas ... in the mddle of the desert were you can have a wonderful vacation and ... gambling.

Maybe you can remember our special feature "Out Of The Box" in which I challenged you all to create another kind of Japanese poetry or a different Far Eastern country like Korea for example.

Today I love to give you a "new" task. Think Out Of The Box with the themes of haiku. For example create a senryu, Cherita, Kyoka, or Sedoka. You also may "gamble" with the form by going free style. In other words ... "today it's your choice and not mine".

Las Vegas
The above image is a "still" of a time-lapse of the Las Vegas Strip. It's a nice image and I hope it will inspire you to think "Out Of The Box" ... well go for it!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Dacember 18th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Monday, December 10, 2018

Carpe Diem #1563 Los Angeles ... city of Angels


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. Today I had a very busy and exciting day ... I had my first working day on my new job at VU Medical Center Amsterdam. I started there after a period of uncertainity at the hospital were I used to work. I enjoyed this first day a lot it felt like a warm blanket ... Several years ago I worked here and now I am back and it felt almost the same. Of course there were new colleagues, but also familiair colleagues that worked there several years ago.

Today I have an CD Imagination episode for you. We have arrived at Los Angeles, the City of Angels. It seems that this is a wonderful city, but as I choose this theme for today I myself thought immediately at God's City of Angels, the New Jerusalem. So I have chosen a wonderful image of the New Jerusalem to inspire you.

It's a modern vision of the New Jerusalem, I couldn't find the artist who made this image.

Modern Vision of the New Jerusalem (artist unknown)
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Carpe Diem #1562 Sacramento ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I had a nice weekend, cold and wet, but I enjoyed it very well. Tomorrow I will start at my new job at the VU Medical Center Amsterdam The Netherlands. I am excited and nervous, but I love this new challenge. I will start on the Hematology unit as an oncologynurse and hopefully this job will bring me joy as did my former job. We will see it in the upcoming months.

This month we are on our way again. We are writing Haiku Along The Pan American Highway and today we have arrived at Sacramento. Sacramento has a long history and in Old Sacramento Waterfront, you can experience that history. It's a 28-acre national registered landmark and state historic park, that preserves an 1870 riverside scene, complete with sailing vessels, paddle wheelers, cobblestone streets, boardwalks and many other historic elements. Old Sacramento Waterfront is home to numerous special events throughout the year, including the world-renowned Sacramento Jazz Jubilee which attracts more than 300,000 visitors each Memorial Day Weekend.

Old Sacramento Waterfront
Step into the historical background of Sacramento ... reliving the "ancient wild west" ... enjoy being part of that history.

Your task for today is to create a haiku, tanka or other Japanese form of poetry inspired on the Wild West.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 16th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #62 Troiku for the holidays ...


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday December 9th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Kai. This weekend I love to challenge you to create a Troiku themed "holidays". We are closing in to Christmas and that means I will publish soon our first "Seven Days Before Christmas" episode 2018. You all know that's a kind of tradition here and ofcourse I will proceed with that tradition, but first ... Troiku for the Holidays.

I have ran through the episodes of earlier "Seven Days For Christmas" episodes and I found a wonderful haiku by myself:

piece of straw
blown off into emptiness
a new beginning

© Chèvrefeuille


The above haiku is inspired on a kind of meditation I shared in 2017 during our "Seven Days Before Christmas" feature. I think it's one of my best haiku ever (how immodest), because it has so much hidden layers.

I will sit back this weekend and let go my thoughts about this haiku to share a Troiku with you myself. Wish you all a wonderful weekend.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday December 9th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 16th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Carpe Diem #1561 Yellowstone National Park ... meadow.


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new stage in our "Haiku Along The Pan American HIghway" month. Not so long ago I saw a wonderful documentary about Yellowstone Park and I love to inspire you with an image taken in Yellowstone National Park titled "meadow".

Meadow in Yellowstone National Park
Look at that image ... I can almost iagine how it must feel to be there on that meadow together with the one I love. The sun caresses our naked bodies and we entangle with each other in a hot sensual kiss ... wow ... imagine that!

Here is your task for today: Create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on the above image themed love. Here is my attempt:

hot summer day
making love on the meadow
sweet perfume of grass


© Chèvrefeuille

I like this one (how immodest), but I think it is a haiku full of sensuality and love.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 13th at noon (CET).


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Carpe Diem #1560 Crater Lake National Park Oregon ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What an awesome journey this already is, but I hope I can amaze you all with all the natural beauty along the Pan American Highway. Yesterday we visited Vancouver and today we make our first stop in America. It wasn't easy to find a new theme for today, because I couldn't choose ... But I have found a wonderful theme for you ... it's really amazing.

Our first stop in America is at the Crater Lake National Park. Let me tell you a little about this Crater Lake. Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

Here are a few images of this beautiful Crater Lake to help you awaken your muse.

Crater Lake National Park Oregon
I am in awe ... speechless as I see the beauty of Crater Lake. Wow ... how would this Crater Lake look in autumn ... well even more beautiful as you can see hereafter.

Crater Lake in autumn
As I have showed in the above two images Crater Lake is really wonderful in all seasons. I just had to show you the Crater Lake in winter.

Crater Lake in winter
What to say more ...

seasons come and go
only the sun and moon the same

clouds reflect in the lake

© Chèvrefeuille

Well I hope I have inspired you with the beauty of this Crater Lake.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now have fun!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Carpe Diem #1559 Vancouver ... renown for the Cherry Blossoms


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new stage, a new episode, in our journey along the Pan American Highway straight through the Americas from north to south. Today I love to "stop" in Vancouver. Maybe you are familiar with the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) and if you are familiair with it than you also know that during the VCBF there is a haiku contest. I have had the pleasure to have won a Honorable Mention in this contest. Let me give you the haiku that won a HM:

the cooing of pigeons
between blooming cherry trees -
the cool rain

© Chèvrefeuille (2010, honorable mention)

Vancouver (Cherry Blossom)
Ofcourse you can see the Vancouver Cherry Blossoms at the start of spring, and now it's winter, so you have to wait a while. But I think Vancouver has the most wonderful Cherry Blossoms of the western world.

daydreaming
cherry blossoms bloom again
bare branches

© Chèvrefeuille 

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Carpe Diem #1558 Alberta (Canada) ... imagination without limits


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We have started with a new journey from the north of Northern America (Canada) to the south of Southern America (Argentina) following the Pan American Highway. During circumstances I hadn't time to prepare this episode in a great way. So I have chosen to challenge you with an image.

Here is the image you can use, but if you would like to use another image that's okay too, but that image should have to do with the Pan American Highway:

Pan American Highway, Canada - Alberta (website in Dutch)
Look at this image ... what an awesome view this is. Look at those colors and that "spooky" cloud against the mountain-wall. And than look at that beautiful colored sky ... a real beauty this image is. It's for sure a great image for all the beauty we will encounter along the Pan American Highway.

clouds change
moving along the bright sky
I fell in love


© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one I think, but it paints the scene with nice words and make you feel the Pan American Highway ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Sunday, December 2, 2018

Carpe Diem Extra December 2nd Mr. Linky widget


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I already encountered a problem with the new Mr Linky widget, I cannot use the "linky" every day. So I have decided to go back to our old linking widget. If you have already linked your weekend meditation submission than please link it again in the new (former) linking widget.

I know it's terrible to have to wait 5 seconds before you can see the post through our former linking widget, but ... well I think that's not a big "gap" to step over.

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host


Carpe Diem #1557 Departure ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My excuses for being late with publishing our first regular of December 2018. This month we will go on a journey again and maybe we can create a haibun with each other about this journey. This month we will travel along the Pan American Highway. This highway goes from Canada to Argentina, so we will travel through the American Continents from North to South. Why this choice? Well let me tell you why I have chosen this theme. Here in The Netherlands we have a TV show titled "World Trip On Wheels". In this TV show four groups are traveling along the Pan American Highway by car with their "tiny houses" (a kind of trailer). I love this show and I thought immediately as it started "this is a nice theme for CDHK". So this month ... the theme is "Haiku Along The Pan American Highway".

For this first regular episode the theme is "departure" and our journey departs from Calgary. Let me give you a small background about this Pan American Highway:

The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads stretching across the American continents and measuring about 30,000 kilometres (19,000 mi) in total length. Except for a rainforest break of approximately 160 km (100 mi), called the Darién Gap, the roads link almost all of the Pacific coastal countries of the Americas in a connected highway system. According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world's longest "motorable road". However, because of the Darién Gap, it is not possible to cross between South America and Central America with conventional highway vehicles. Without an all-terrain vehicle, it is necessary to circumnavigate this terrestrial stretch by sea.

The Pan-American Highway passes through many diverse climates and ecological types, from dense jungles, to arid deserts, to barren tundra, some of which are passable only during the dry season, and in many regions driving is occasionally hazardous.

Calgary Panorama (2011)
Well ... are you ready? Come on let us go on a journey along the Pan American Highway and try to create haiku, tanka or other form of Japanese poetry. This will be an amazing trip ...

Here is my "departure" haiku:

rising sun
from a far away place
nightingale's song

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you all will enjoy this wonderful journey. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 9th at noon (CET). I will try to pubklish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

PS. This month we are using the MrLinky widget. The one we will use opens in a new screen / tab.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #61 a new feature for the weekend ... introduction


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday December 2nd at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Meteorological seen winter is starting on December 1st, so reason for me to create a new CDHK Weekend Meditation logo for Winter. I hope you like it.
As you all know the hospital were I was working has gone in bankruptcy, so that gave me some time to create a few new features. One of them I announced already (Basho's School), but today I have another beautiful feature for you all. Let me give you the title of this new feature and an explanation of it. It's a long title (sorry):

Carpe Diem Dives Into The Classical Literature and asks "is it possible to create haiku, tanka or other form of Japanese poetry from it?"


What is the goal of this new feature for our weekend meditation? Every episode I will give you a piece of classical literature, for example Plato or Socrates, and tell you a little background. Your task is to create Japanese poetry inspired on the given text. A kind of "distillation" so to say.

For this first episode I have chosen a nice part of Plato's "The Republic":

[...] "I will tell you, Socrates, he said, what my own feeling is. Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says; and at our meetings the tale of my acquaintance commonly is--I cannot eat, I cannot drink; the pleasures of youth and love are fled away: there was a good time once, but now that is gone, and life is no longer life. Some complain of the slights which are put upon them by relations, and they will tell you sadly of how many evils their old age is the cause. But to me, Socrates, these complainers seem to blame that which is not really in fault. For if old age were the cause, I too being old, and every other old man, would have felt as they do. But this is not my own experience, nor that of others whom I have known. How well I remember the aged poet Sophocles, when in answer to the question, How does love suit with age, Sophocles,--are you still the man you were? Peace, he replied; most gladly have I escaped the thing of which you speak; I feel as if I had escaped from a mad and furious master. His words have often occurred to my mind since, and they seem as good to me now as at the time when he uttered them. For certainly old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then, as Sophocles says, we are freed from the grasp not of one mad master only, but of many. The truth is, Socrates, that these regrets, and also the complaints about relations, are to be attributed to the same cause, which is not old age, but men's characters and tempers; for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.

I listened in admiration, and wanting to draw him out, that he might go on--Yes, Cephalus, I said: but I rather suspect that people in general are not convinced by you when you speak thus; they think that old age sits lightly upon you, not because of your happy disposition, but because you are rich, and wealth is well known to be a great comforter."[...] (Plato's The Republic)

Plato (427 BC - ?)
A nice piece of literature I think, but can you distil haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form from it? I am looking forward to your responses.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday December 2nd at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 9th at noon (CET).

From today I will use the new linking widget of Mr.Linky. Please respond within 7 days, because this new linking widget has no start or end - date, that's the only thing I don't love about this Mr Linky, so please respond within the 7 days I always give you.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Carpe Diem #1556 fleeting autumn (yuku aki) ..


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last episode of CDHK November 2018 in which we celebrated the beauty of autumn. We have had wonderful prompts this month and I hope you all did like this special theme-month "the leaves are falling". It was a joy to create this month for you and I am looking forward to our upcoming month, December.
In December we will go on a journey straight through the Americas. We will "ride" the Pan American Highway from Canada to Argentina and I hope this journey will be an awesome one. Are you going with me?
Next month I will use another linking widget. That linking widget is of "Mr. Linky" and is used very often on other websites and on other parts of our CDHK Family community. The "Mr.Linky" widget has no time period, so I hope you all will respond as usually within a week. I will try the "Mr. Linky" widget a month and than we will evaluate it.


Fleeting Autumn (yuku aki)

To end this celebration of autumn with I have a nice classical kigo, fleeting autumn (yuku aki), for you to work with.

Let me give you a little background on this classical kigo:

In autumn, the feeling of sadness and loss is expecially explicit in most of the kigo related to its parting. The coming winter season was a hard one to live through in the times without electricity and central heating of the Edo period.

So many haiku about "fleeting autumn" were written in a sad tone, but there were also haiku that were positive, because after the dark period of the year nature will come alive again ...

fallen leaves
come flying from elsewhere:
autumn is ending

© Shiki

the stream hides itself
in the grasses
of departing autumn

© Shirao

And a last one in which the sad feeling is almost senseable:

the pampas grass
waves good-bye, good-bye,
to departing autumn

© Issa


I love to end this episode with a few poems by myself, first a Troiku:

walking on the heath
in the light of the full moon
the scent of autumn

walking on the heath
feeling one with a Shepherd
in contact with God 

in the light of the full moon
laying down in the meadow
the River of Heaven 

the scent of autumn
feelings of departure and loneliness
tears in the puddle

© Chèvrefeuille

And a tanka:

autumn departs
in deep silence willow leaves fall -
tears on this grave
as the willow is green again
another year has gone

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you did like this final episode of November.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 6th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our first weekend meditation of December later on.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Carpe Diem #1555 Renga With Basho ... still it sways


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai were we are celebrating autumn as you can read in the theme "the leaves are falling". Today I have chosen to challenge you with a new "Renga With Basho ...". As you all know I see him as my sensei and I am honored that I may give you the opportunity to create renga with my sensei. You can choose your own "line-up" and of course your own "hokku" (starting verse). You have to add your two-lined stanza of approximately 14 syllables. Please try to "close the chain" by creating an "ageku" (closing verse) that associates with the "hokku".


Lactarius Hatsudake (Photo © Ruben Walleyn)

Here are the six haiku to use:

mushrooms *
not yet that many days
of autumn dew


pine mushroom
with its ragged top it's
like a pine tree


moon past full
the beginning of a little more
darkness


morning glories
in the daytime a lock lowered
on the gate
**

chrysanthemum flowers
bloom at the stonemason's
between stones


Glistening Dew (image found on Pinterest)

glistening dew
not spilling from bush clover
still it sways


© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from "Basho, The Complete Haiku")

* The mushroom here is the Lactarius Hatsudake it bleeds a reddish liquid that changes into green when broken. In spite of this spooky attribute, the mushroom is edible. One does not know from the poem whether the autumn dew that Basho mentions is actual dew or this fluid.

** Remarks on Closing The Gate: "... if anyone comes, I have to make unnecessary talk. If I go out to visit anyone, I feel bad for disturbing him. I should be content without any friends. I should feel wealthy in spite of my poverty. A fifty-year-old man writes this for himself as precept for his edification".

Six wonderful haiku I think. Full of intensity and beauty. A real joy to work with I think and I am looking forward to all your beautiful responses. By the way ... I love to create a new exclusive CDHK E-book in which I will gather all your wonderful renga created with Basho. I hope you all will be okay with that.

Cover of our new exclusive CDHK E-book "still it sways" renga with the master

This episode is NOW OPEN for your responses and will remain open until December 5th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Carpe Diem #1554 Haunted Houses (modern kigo)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

"Listen to the wind", he whispers. "Listen ... do you hear them? The weak voices of my ancestors in this ancient family home". I tried to listen hard and than ... there it was a soft whisper "leave this house, leave this house". I looked at him and he nodded. "Yes ... it's one of my ancestors ... my roots are in the native races here in the US". "Do you mean ...?" "Yes I am an indian. Here in this house my ancestors stayed for a while, but than soldiers came and the owners of the house saved us".

Haunted House (photo © Seph Lawless)

Just a small (impromptu) story to introduce our modern kigo, haunted houses, to you. This modern kigo I have extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", from the section autumn and the sub-section autumn occasions.

And here is my challenge for you today. Create a haibun, haiku or other Japanese poetry form inspired on the following two haiku by Jane Reichhold:

deserted house
wild roses still have a view
of the remote coast

vacant stares
from the vacant house
no one looks

© Jane Reichhold

I love those old houses were you can hear the wind blow through the chimney, bare branches knock on the windows ... spooky ... ghostly maybe ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 4th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Monday, November 26, 2018

Carpe Diem #1553 waving the pampas grass (crossroads)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I had a very busy day today, because I had to arrange some things for my new job at the University Hospital were I will start Friday December 7th at the Hematology unit. But now back to our prompt for today. As you have read in the title I have a nice crossroads episode for you.

I have found two nice (modern) haiku by two different haiku poets that died in the last century. I will give you the two haiku and than I challenge you to create a fusion ku with it and if you like ... you can also create a Troiku with your fusion ku, but that's not necessary.

Pampas Grass (© Stacey Mollus)

Waving the pampass grass,
At the Shinjuku station,
I said goodbye.

© Yamaguchi Seison(1892-1988)


The migratory birds
Make the wind blowing down to Asaka
From mountains frequently.

© Kawahigashi Hekigoto(1873-1937)

Two nice haiku by two not so renown haiku poets to work with. Enjoy the fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 3rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Carpe Diem #1552 autumn colors along the highway (CD Imagination)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last week of this wonderful month full of celebration of autumn. Recently I told you that we will go on a journey again here at CDHK. Next month we will ride the Pan American Highway (from Canada to Argentina) straight through the Americas. So to bring you already in the mood for this journey I have a wonderful image for you taken somewhere along the Pan American Highway. So today I hope to inspire you with only an image ... so this is a CD Imagination Without Limits challenge.

Here is the image for your inspiration:

Autumn Along The Highway (image found on Pinterest)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 2nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Friday, November 23, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #60 The Quest For A Masterpiece goes on ... journey


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday November 25th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time again for a new weekend meditation and this weekend I love to challenge you to create a haibun, without restrictions this time. As you all know I see Matsuo Basho as my sensei and I think you all know that his haibun "Oku No Hosomichi" (The Small Road Into The Deep North) is renown all over the world. Here at CDHK we have read that haibun together.
A haibun is a kind of travelling journal in which prose and haiku are in a kind of symbiosis. We have done several journeys here and we will for sure go on a journey again and our new journey will start next month. We will go on a journey along the Pan American Highway, a journey from Canada to Argentina, I hope you all will go with me on that journey.

Basho's Journey Into The Deep North
This weekend I love to challenge you to create your haibun as part of our special feature "A Quest For A New Masterpiece". So take your time focus on a journey you have made or would like to make and create your haibun (prose and haiku).

I hope you will enjoy your weekend and that you can find the inspiration to create your haibun.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday November 25th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 2nd at noon (CET). Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Carpe Diiem #1551 Dew Of The World (Revise That Haiku ... Hineri)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you remember our special feature "revise that haiku" here at our wonderful Kai. It's a "tricky" feature, because I challenge you to "revise" haiku by renoen classical and nonclassical haiku poets. So ... it's possible that I ask you to "revise" haiku written by one of the "big-five" (Basho, Buson, Chiyo-Ni, Issa and Shiki) and that's exactly what I am going to do this episode.

I will give you two haiku, one by Chiyo-Ni and one by Issa, and the background to "revise", but that's not all what I am asking of you this time (it's a hineri, with a "twist", episode). I also ask you to create a "fusion"-haiku with your two revisions and to create a Troiku with that "fusion"-haiku. A tough challenge I think, but I am sure that you all can do it, because you are all very gifted and talented haiku poets. Are you ready?

Let me give the three parts of this "revise that haiku ... hineri" challenge:

1. Revise the both haiku;
2. Create a "fusion"-haiku with the revised versions;
3. Compose a Troiku with your "fusion"-haiku.

cup-shaped flower (Drymocallis Convallaria)

Here are the haiku including the background. (Taken from: Haiku Volume 3, Summer-Autumn, by R.H. Blyth):

koborete wa tada no mizunari beni no tsuyu

the dew of the rouge flower,
when it is spilled
is simply water

© Chiyo-Ni

The reddish-yellow flower is cup-shaped and hold rain or dew in the same way as the camellia. There is great "virtue" in the expression tada no. If we translate it "only" water, we get the feeling of disillusionment without the insight into the nature of things, into what Carlyle says "the great Fact of existence". The poet, like the great man,

fly as he will, he cannot get out of the awful presence of this Reality. Though all men should forget its truth, and walk in a vain show, he cannot. (Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship)

Lotus

hasu no ha ni kono yo no tsuyu wa magarikeri

on the lotus leaf,
the dew of this world
is distorted

© Issa

This expresses Issa's view of life, his world-view. The dew is of its nature perfect, but when it falls on the leaf of the lotus, it loses its spherical beauty and lies there twisted and deformed. This is the fundamental concept, or rather, intuition of Mahayana Buddhism, the original goodness of man, original, not in time, but in essence, in its nature.

Two wonderful haiku ... and I hope that your "revisions" will be as beautiful. I am looking forward to your responses on this tough challenge. If possible, please share not only your Troiku, but also your "fusion"- haiku and your revisions.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 29th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... good luck! Enjoy this tough challenge!