Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tan Renga Wednesday (5) White Crane



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's Wednesday again, so time for a new episode of "Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Wednesday", that special feature in which I challenge you to complete a Tan Renga inspired on a given haiku.
This week I have chosen a haiku by Kikaku, a contemporary and disciple of Matsuo Basho. Kikaku was one of Basho's favorite 10 disciples (students) and he was a very gifted haiku poet too. He wrote wonderful haiku, all in the way as been taught by Basho.




The haiku I have chosen written by Kikaku is one of his most beautiful haiku in my opinion. He wrote it to comfort Basho in his last days of his life:

how I wish to call
a white crane from Fukei,
but for this cold rain.

© Kikaku

And now it is up to you to complete this Tan Renga by adding your two lined stanza (approx. 7-7 syllables) and share it with us all.

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


Monday, November 11, 2019

Carpe Diem #1779 Cliffs of Moher ... a tribute to Jane Reichhold


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. As you all know we are over 7 years now and in those seven years there were a lot of wonderful themes to work with. You all know that here at CDHK we have a so called "publishing policy" (you can find this at the bottom of our Kai) in which we all have decided that if you are a part of this Haiku loving family and participate in our challenges and themes ... you agree with using your work for our exclusive line of E-books, but it also stated that I can use your work here ... ofcourse I will always grant your credentials.

Today I love to challenge you with a haiku written by one of our longtime members, Hamish Managua Gunn (a.k.a. Pirate). This haiku he wrote in tribute to Jane Reichhold:

the temptation
at the chalk cliff top
I throw a rose

© Hamish Managua Gunn

With this haiku he not only gave tribute to Jane Reichhold, but he also honored her for her choice. A very strong haiku with a very strong emotion in it.


Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)

As you all (maybe) know Jane Reichhold took her own life by jumping off a cliff ... she couldn't longer live with fibromyalgia. She is still missed and I know her spirit still dwells here at CDHK.

I love to challenge you to create a haiku in tribute to Jane Reichhold inspired on the haiku by Managua Gunn as given above.

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


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1778 Free-styling haiku ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful "Never Change A Winning Team" month in which we celebrate the beauty of haiku. I have what they call "a writer's block", so I couldn't come up with a beautiful episode today, therefore I have chosen to let you free ...

You can make your own choice of a haiku, maybe there is a special haiku that means a lot to you, or you have a favorite haiku written by a classical or non-classical haiku poet, maybe you will introduce one of your own masterpieces ... that's all possible today.

The only thing I would love to read in your post is "Why did you choose this specific haiku?" and I challenge you to create a new haiku inspired on the haiku of your choice.




This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will reain open until November 17th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #109 Renga with Basho ... life's journey


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday November 10th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry for being late with publishing our new Weekend Meditation, but here it is. This weekend I love to give you the possibility to write a Renga with Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). I have selected six beautiful haiku written by him and it's up to you to create the Renga by adding your two-lined stanza.

This time I have chosen for six haiku which he wrote in the last years of his life. In the last years of his life Basho traveled a lot and in those years he created his masterpiece "Oku No Hosomichi" (The Small Road Into The High North), that haibun has become a classic piece of literature and is renown around the world.

Here are the six haiku to work with. You can choose your own "line-up" and have to try to "complete the chain" through the Hokku (starting verse) and the Ageku (closing verse). Enjoy this challenge.

spring rain
trickling into the wasp's nest
a leaky roof


blooming wildly
among the peach trees
first cherry blossoms


butterflies and birds
restlessly they rise up
a cloud of flowers




coming to the eye
especially at this time
May's Mount Fuji


life's journey
plowing the patch of rice field
back and forth


the lettuce
leaves are just as green
eggplant soup


© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

* all the above haiku were extracted from Jane Reichhold's "Basho, The Complete Haiku".

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 17th at noon (CET). Have a great weekend and enjoy the "renga-session" with Basho.


Carpe Diem #1777 Classical and non-classical in symbiosis ...



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late with publishing our regular episode of Friday November 8th, I hadn't time to create an episode.

This episode I love to challenge you with a "Crossroads Task". I will give you two haiku, you have to create a new haiku with those two haiku, a so called "fusion-ku". With your new haiku you have to create a Troiku (more about Troiku above in the menu).

I have chosen a haiku by a non-classical poetess, Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) and a classical poetess, Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775). Here are the two "crossroads" haiku to work with:

cricket silence
between scraping sounds
autumn begins

© Jane Reichhold

it touches the line
of my fishing pole -
this summer moon


© Chiyo-Ni

And now it's up to you to create your "fusion-ku" and your Troiku and share it with us all.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 16th at noon (CET). I will publish our new weekend-meditation later today.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Carpe Diem #1776 arranging the plum-flowers (Taigi)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

If you are a long time participant here, you will remember that special feature "Revise That Haiku", in which I challenged you to "revise" a given haiku by one of the classical haiku poets. Today I love to bring a "reprise" of one of the episodes of "Revise That Haiku".

For this episode I have chosen a haiku written by Taigi (1709-1771 ?), a contemporary and friend of Buson. I will first give the haiku (including the Japanese Romaji) and then I will give the description of the moment which led to the haiku.


Plum Blossom (Chinese painting)
umi ikete tsuki to mo wabin tomoshikage

arranging the plum-flowers,
I would enjoy them in the light of the lamp,
as if in the moonlight

© Taigi (1709-1771 ?)

The brevity of haiku is not something differnt from, but a part of the peotical life; it is not only a form of expression but a mode of living more immediately, more closely to life as may be illustrated in the above haiku by Taigi.

The original of the above haiku is even more difficult, literally: "arranging the plum, as if the moon, I would savour, lamp-light" (Wabiru translated 'enjoy', 'means' to live a life of poetry in poverty). The poet has arranged the flowers in a vase, and wishes to see them in the light of the moon, but there being no moon, he lights the lamp instead, and adds its light to the poetry and the beauty of the flowers.
The whole of the poet's life is shown in this action and the essence of the verse in wabin. This poverty, this asceticism of life and form in haiku, this absence of luxury and decoration finds its philosophical and transcendental expression in Emanuel Swedenborg's (a Swedish philosopher who lived from 1688 until 1772) "Heaven and Hell" (paragraph 178); after he has described the garments of the angels, some of which glow with flame, some of which shine with light, he adds:

"But the angels of the inmost heaven are not clothed".

Well ... with the desciption of the moment I think you can revise that haiku ... so ... "break a leg", have fun, be inspired and share your revised Taigi-haiku with us at Caroe Diem Haiku Kai.


Plum Blossom

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday (4) crystal dewdrops (hineri / with a twist)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's Tan Renga Wednesday again, that nice weekly feature in which I ask you to create a Tan Renga with a given haiku. This week I love to challenge you a little bit more with a "Tan Renga Wednesday Hineri" episode, or a Tan Renga Wednesday with a twist.

I will give you the two-lined stanza and you have to create the haiku, the first three-lined stanza, to complete the Tan Renga.


Morning Glory

Here are the two lines of the 2nd stanza to work with:

pink morning glory in full bloom
covered with crystal dewdrops                       

© Chèvrefeuille

So now it is up to you to complete the Tan Renga by adding your three-lined first stanza.

This Tan Renga Wednesday Hineri is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be ceative and enjoy this challenge.


Monday, November 4, 2019

Carpe Diem #1775 Morning Glory!



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (somewhat belated) episode of our wonderful Kai. This month we will focus mostly on haiku, because haiku was the first theme here at CDHK and the only theme. Its therefore that I have chosen the theme for this month "Never Change A Winning Team". I will challenge you with a great diversity of haiku created by classical and non-classical haiku poets and I hope to challenge you today with a new feature.




I have titled this new feature "Carpe Diem's Transformation" and the goal is to transform a given haiku into a tanka. You have to use the scenes and images in the given haiku to create a transformed haiku into a tanka.

The first haiku I would love to see you transform into a tanka is that renown haiku by Chiyo-Ni about the Morning Glory. Here is that haiku:

asano eikou yoku baketto entanguru watashiha mizuwo motomeru

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

© Chiyo-Ni



And now ... it's up to you to transform this beautiful haiku by this renown female haiku master into a tanka. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, later on. That will be a new Tan Renga Wednesday.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1774 Renga With Jane Reichhold ... apples for lunch


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the 2nd regular episode of our new month at CDHK in which the theme is "Never Change A Winning Team", and that means that we will have a lot of haiku challenges, because that was once the only poem I created CDHK for.

During the years I introduced several other forms of Japanese poetry and one of them was the Renga, or Chained Verse. Haiku was once part of a Renga and was than called Hai-Kai, Shiki chnaged that to haiku and that's the name we still use.

As you all know Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) was a great modern Haiku poetess and co-host here at our Kai. I still miss her every day. She was a wonderful source for me to get answers on questions I had, she even had her own feature here "Ask Jane ..."


Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)
Today I love to challenge you to create a Renga With Jane ... I have six beautiful haiku created by her, all themed apples. I extracted these haiku from her online saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku". The goal is to add your own two-lined stanza. You can choose your own "line-up", and your "ageku" (closing verse) must be connected to the "hokku" (opening verse).

dad on high
dropping from his trees
apples for lunch

southern sunset
filling the apple bin
a deeper red

applesauce
the cinnamon glow
of a kerosene lamp


Apples For Lunch

windfall apples
palaces for worms
American pie

straight falling rain
tiny lakes upon the tree
stem hollows of apples

baskets in a row
overflowing with apples
on one a sweater

© Jane Reichhold

A wonderful series of haiku to create a Renga with ... enjoy the challenge ...

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


Saturday, November 2, 2019

no weekend meditation

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I will not publish a weekend meditation this weekend. I don't have enough time during circumstances. My apologies for this.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Carpe Diem #1773 Kick Off ... a new month full of beauty ... A Field Of Dried Grass (Basho)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first episode of our new CDHK month November. This month I have chosen the theme "Never Change A Winning Team". As you all know as I started CDHK the only Japanese poetry form that was used was the haiku, that beautiful small three-lined poem from that far away country ... Japan. But as you all know ... during the excistence of CDHK there were changes and somewhere in 2013 I decided to not only use haiku, but also Tanka and other forms of Japanese poetry. That change of a "winning team" was a great change and it brought more visitors and participants to our wonderful Haiku Kai. However ... I didn't change the name of our Kai ... it is still Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and it will stay that way, because through that name CDHK could evolve to what it has become. This month we will mostly write haiku, but ofcourse I will also create episodes with other kinds of Japanese poetry like Tanka and the Troiku.

This month I hope to inspire you through haiku created by renown and not so well known haiku poets. Starting today (as you maybe expected already) a haiku written by Matsuo Basho, the haiku master whom I see as my master, my sensei. All that I know about haiku I learned from him.

We will see renown haiku, but also haiku that aren't renown. Let's go ... have a wonderful month full of inspiration ... and joy ...!


A Field Of Dried Grass (photo © Aubrey Danielle)

Here is the first haiku for your inspiration, it's the haiku that is seen as Basho's deadpoem, his last poem or Jisei:

tabi ni yande yume wa kareno wo kake meguru

falling sick on a journey
my dream goes wandering
over a field of dried grass

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

A wonderful haiku for your inspiration I would say. Become one with the scene, become Basho as he wrote this haiku while laying on his grass mat ... surrounded by his most close followers ... try to imagine the scene ... and create your own haiku.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 7th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... have fun!


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Carpe Diem #1772 Virginia Blue Bell


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last episode of our festive 7th birthday month. Our celebrations are almost over only one day left to honor the "little creatures" of Mother Nature. So let's go!




What kind of "little creature" I have chosen today for your inspiration? Well ... I have chosen a beautiful small flower the Blue Bell. Let me tell you first a little bit more about the Blue Bell and more specific the Virginia Blue Bell.

Virginia bluebell flowers which are also known as Virginia cowslip are the most elegant and good looking flowers. These are persistent flowers found in North America. These are very beautiful flowers and growing them in your garden will add natural exquisiteness and beauty to the garden. If you want to grow them in your garden but you don’t get sufficient information then read this article as it contains all the facts about Virginia bluebell flowers.


Virginia Blue Bell

What a gorgeous little flower this is, a real beautiful "little creature".

I found a nice haiku written by the Unknown Haiku Poet ... Yozakura, whom I introduced here at CDHK several years ago.

purple bellflowers
swaying in the breeze -
the sound of water

© Yozakura

And here is one from my archives, not about the Virginia Blue Bell, but about the Chinese Bellflower:

fragile beauty
purple flowers like paper
Chinese bellflower

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you my dear Haijin. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 6th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday (3) Crystal Brook (Yozakura)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's Wednesday again so it is time for a new episode of our weekly Tan Renga Wednesday, that beautiful feature in which I challenge you to create a Tan Renga (two stanza chained verse) with a given haiku.

Today I have a nice haiku written by the Unknown Haiku Poet, Yozakura, whom I introduced a while ago here at CDHK.

Here is the haiku to use:

crystal brook
reflects the willow trees
birds sing their song

© Yozakura


Edo lodging house (image found on Pinterest)

Your task ... create the two lined 2nd stanza through association on the scenes and images in the given haiku by Yozakura. 

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 5th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our last episode of this festive month later on. For now ... have fun!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Carpe Diem #1771 Firefly ... Troiku-challenge


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (somewhat delayed) episode of our wonderful Kai were we are celebrating our 7th birth day. Seven years ago I started CDHK just to give an opportunity to create Japanese poetry on a daily basis. As I started I hadn't one clou how long it would go on ... and look were we are now ... seven years later CDHK is still alive and kicking.




While we are celebrating our 7th birthday we honor the "small creatures" of Mother Nature and so today I have another "little creature" for you to work with. Today I have chosen for the "firefly", that small creature that is renown for its glowing behind.

I have found a wonderful haiku to work with. The goal this time is to create a Troiku with that haiku. More on Troiku you can find above in the menu. Troiku is a nice creative way of haiku-ing I invented back in 2012.

Firefly

I have chosen a haiku by Buson to create your Troiku from:

longing for the grass
at the bottom of the pool
those fireflies.

© Buson

A beauty I would say. It's not a well known haiku by Buson, but in this one you can almost sense the hand of Buson is moved by Basho. That's an important thing, because at first Buson was not a "fan" of Basho's way of haiku writing, but later he started to write his haiku more and more modelled according to Basho's way of haiku writing.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 4th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new Tan Renga Wednesday episode later on. For now ... have fun! I am looking forward to all of your wonderful Troiku.


Carpe Diem #1770 Tomtit


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first regular episode in the last week of our festive anniversary month. We are celebrating our 7th birthday with honoring the "small creatures" of Mother Nature. So let us go on and be creative to honor them.




I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, I had a nice weekend, had to work, but had a good weekend. We are counting down to the end of October 2019 and towards our new month full of the beauty of haiku and tanka for your and my inspiration.
Today I have chosen for another beautiful small creature, the Tomtit (or Great Tit), that beautiful bird with its colorful feathers of blue and yellow.


Tomtit

What a gorgeous "small creature". Here in The Netherlands we see the Tomtit only in autumn and winter, but it is always a joy to spot it. I like its colors and the joy it gives me as I hear it sing.

silent adoration
listen, listen, Tomtit sings its song
another joyful day


© Chèvrefeuille

Isn't it an awesome "small creature"?

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


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Carpe Diem Sneak Preview November and December 2019 ... never change a winning team


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our festive 7th birtday month October 2019 is running towards its end, so time to give you a sneak preview for November and December.

As you can read in the "subtitle" of this Sneak Preview it's all about "never change a winning team", but what do I mean with that subtitle? Let me tell you the reason why I have chosen it. In the next two months I love to challenge you with haiku and tanka created by renown haiku (and tanka) poets. First of all, I will bring to you haiku (and tanka) written by the so called "big five", Basho, Buson, Chiyo-Ni, Issa and Shiki, to inspire you, but I will also give you haiku (and tanka) by renown modern haiku poets like Jane Reichhold.




Ofcourse you can think of episodes in which I will challenge you to "revise" or "photo-shop" haiku. I will also challenge you to create Troiku and Renga With ... And I hope to bring you an all new way of haiku-ing based on Shiki's "shasei" way of writing haiku. And (maybe) I will challenge you to create haiku (or tanka) according to several Haiku Writing Techniques.

If you have been a "long time" family-member here at CDHK than you certainly will recognise this image I used for our new CDHK month November 2019, because it was the cover of our first CDHK-magazine.

between cherry petals
Koi carps seeking their way

to fullfilment

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope to see you all in November too.

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #108 Turn Back Time (4) CD Imagination ... Still Life


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday October 27th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (special) weekend meditation episode in which we are turnig time back and look at special features ... that were featured here at CDHK. Maybe you can remember that I introduced our special CD Imagination feature in which I challenged you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on a given image.

I will give you an image for your inspiration, you have to use the given image this time, so please use the given image for your inspiration.


Still Life (image © Dina Belenko)

Let the image inspire you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form. Have a great weekend!

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday October 27th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 3rd at noon (CET) I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Carpe Diem #1769 free choice of prompt, and make a Soliloquy No Renga with it


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am a bit late with publishing this episode, just because of lack of time and lack of inspiration. So today I have chosen for a so called "free choice" episode with a twist. You may choose your own "little creatures" prompt today and the goal is to create a "solo-renga" or "soliloquy no renga" with it. As you (maybe) know the "solo-renga" has at least six (6) stanza. You start with the "hokku" (starting verse) and end with the "ageku" (closing verse).




We are celebrating our 7th birthday with a whole month in honor of the small creatures of Mother Nature ... let us celebrate the beauty of the small things of Creation.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 31st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now .... have fun!


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Carpe Diem #1768 Crows


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Carpe Diem Haiku Kai were we are celebrating our 7th birthday. This month we are honoring the little creatures living on our wonderful planet. A planet in pain ... a planet that weeps because we are misusing her ...

Our wonderful planet needs us and we need her. We have to take care of her, she is our living space, the only living space there is, as far as we know. So that's one of the reasons that I choose the "litte creatures" theme for our festive 7th birthday.




kare eda ni karasu no tomari keri aki no kure 

on a withered branch

a crow is perched
autumn evening

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Bashō (1644–1694) wrote this haiku in the year 1680, and it is often considered to be a
marker of the beginning of Bashō’s mature style.
It should be mentioned that “Kare-eda-ni…” was not the first text to explore the topic of a crow sitting on a withered branch. First, there exists a set phrase in Chinese meaning “a chilly-looking crow on a bare tree”  which is assumed to have been familiar also to Bashō. Secondly, Bashō had written a very similar haiku several years before this one. Both texts are accompanied by paintings, all three of which present a treatment of the topic of a withered tree and a crow (or crows, since on the painting that is assumed to be the earliest, there are 27 crows depicted altogether). Thus, Bashō’s haiku has been often seen as an adaptation of an ancient Chinese phrase or a painting title. A close connection has also been found between this particular haiku and a renga verse cited in a 16th centurycollection, Hakuhatsushu:

yūgarasu no kareki ni koe wa shite 

evening crow — 
in a bare tree on the mountain peak mine 
a voice 

© Matsuo Basho

Crow on a cherry blossom branch

The above haiku is one of Basho's renown masterpieces and we have seen this haiku often here at our Kai. And this haiku (again) you can use as a source of inspiration for this episode, because "crows" are our theme for today.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 30th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday #2 October beach (Jane Reichhold)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our fresh feature "Tan Renga Wednesday" in which you have to complete a Tan Renga ... the goal? I will give you a haiku and you have to add the 2nd stanza of two lines with approx. 7-7 syllables.

I don't think I need to explain Tan Renga further. You can find more about Tan Renga in the menu above or scroll back to the 1st episode of Tan Renga Wednesday (October 16th). This week I have a beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) one of the most known modern haiku poets and once my co-host here at CDHK.

October beach

October beach
in all the footprints
the tread of shoes

© Jane Reichhold

A beautiful haiku I would say. I am not a beach guy, but I like wandering at the beach in autumn.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 29th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... enjoy this Tan Renga Wednesday.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Carpe Diem #1767 Daisies ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our birthday month is running towards its end, 10 days left before a new month starts, and I don't know how you all are experiencing this month, but I like it. I think we are celebrating in a wonderful way. Thank you all for participating in our festive October month.




Today I have chosen the theme "daisies", we have had that theme earlier here, but ... well I hadn't one clou what to choose for theme today, so I thought "let me do a theme we have had here earlier.

around the mansion
daisies standing strong together
after the storm

miracles happen
in the tiniest things
daisies blooming

© Chèvrefeuille

Daisies

What's the meaning of Daisies: 
Daisies are flowers that mean different things to different people.  It can mean cheerfulness particularly for the yellow colored blossoms and it can mean youthful beauty and gentleness.  Some people look at the daisy to be a symbol of good luck.  However, the most popular meanings attached to the daisy are - loyal love, innocence and purity.  It’s also a taken to convey the message – “I’ll never tell”.Apart from the Celtic legend that daisies were the spirits of children, the symbol of innocence also comes from the story about a dryad who oversaw meadows, forests and pastures.  One of the nymphs, Belides danced around with her nymph sister when the god of the orchards, Vertumnus saw her.  To make sure that she escapes his attentions, she turned herself into a daisy thus preserving her innocence.In terms of loyal love, daisies are used by women particularly in the Victorian age to see which suitor loves them the most.  By picking on the flower’s petals, a woman would know who loves her and who does not.

And to conclude this episode:

working hands
daisies bound together for his love -
she ... the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 28th at noon (CET) (Summertime is over than). I will try to publish our new Tan Renga Wednesday episode later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1766 mouse


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration. My weekend was very busy, because I had to work the evening-shift in the nursing home were I am working since the start of this year. Next to that I had our eldest son and his two kids visiting the whole weekend, so not only busy at work, but also at home.

This month we are celebrating our 7th birthday and we do that through a wonderful month in appreciation for the smaller creatures of nature. Today I have chosen "mouse" to work with.




Today we are creating haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form themed "mouse". I ran through my library of haiku and found several nice haiku by haiku-poets. Here is one by my master, Matsuo Basho:

suzume ko to koe naki kawasu nezumi no su 

Mice in their nest
squeak in response
to the young sparrows.


© Matsuo Basho (Tr. R.H.Blyth)

Here is another "mouse"-haiku this time created by a modern haiku poet:

A mouse stirs
in the kitchen cupboard;
winter solitude

© Amann, (Cicada Voices (1983))


Mouse
And a Tanka written by myself back in 2017:

through the mist
I hear the cry of an eagle
seeking for prey
aware of his surroundings
he catches a little mouse

© Chèvrefeuille

Create your "mouse"-haiku (tanka or other Japanese poetry form) in honor of this beautiful small creature.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!