Sunday, July 14, 2019

Carpe Diem #1702 heat wave troiku



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend with a lot of inspiration, but most ... I hope you all have taken the time to relax like I did. This month our theme is "Summer Love", so all our prompts have to do with summer love ...

Today I have a nice theme for you ... "heat wave". Last year the Dutch summer was one long heat wave, but until today we have had a few hot days, but mostly our Dutch summer is normal for our standards ... maybe we will have a heat wave ... but well we cannot be sure of our Dutch weather.

Today's challenge is to create a Troiku (more on Troiku, you can fund above in the menu) starting from the following haiku:

after the summer heat
raindrops kissing my naked body
Ah! that coolness

© Chèvrefeuille, your host

raindrops kissing my naked body

And now ... it's up to you all my dear Haijin. Create your Troiku full of the heat of summer ... in all it's ways of existence ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 21st at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired!


Friday, July 12, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #93 Carpe Diem's Utopia ... transportation


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 14th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. This weekend I have chosen for a new episode of our "Carpe Diem's Utopia" feature, in which I challenge you to create classical haiku or tanka with a modern theme. This weekend the theme to use is "transportation". Let me first reproduce the introduction to this feature here again.

A Utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect "place" that has been designed so there are no problems.

Utopia focuses on equality in economics, government and justice, though by no means exclusively, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology. According to Lyman Tower Sargent "there are socialist, capitalist, monarchical, democratic, anarchist, ecological, feminist, patriarchal, egalitarian, hierarchical, racist, left-wing, right-wing, reformist, Naturism/Nude Christians, free love, nuclear family, extended family, gay, lesbian and many more utopias [...] Utopianism, some argue, is essential for the improvement of the human condition. But if used wrongly, it becomes dangerous. Utopia has an inherent contradictory nature here." Sargent argues that utopia's nature is inherently contradictory, because societies are not homogenous and have desires which conflict and therefore cannot simultaneously be satisfied. If any two desires cannot be simultaneously satisfied, true utopia cannot be attained because in utopia all desires are satisfied.




It's a dreamworld I think, but it can be of use for our haiku writing skills, because that's the task of this new feature ... creating a utopian (excellent) haiku (or tanka) by using the classical rules as you can find above in the CD Lecture 1.

A nice task from a modern view. The haiku or tanka have to have a modern theme, but has to follow the classical rules.

Here is an example of a "utopian" haiku on "transportation":

cars without a driver
moving towards their arrival point
in deep silence


© Chèvrefeuille, your host

Not a very strong example, but I think you understand the goal.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 14th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 21st at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend full of utopian inspiration.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Carpe Diem #1701 sundown (or sunset) one-bun


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful "Summer Love" month. This month all our prompts are some way or the other themed "Summer Love". Today I have chosen the prompt "sundown" (or sunset). I love the sunset in summer it gives me always the feeling of romance and the night coming full of love and lust.

Today's challenge is to create a so called "one-bun", a form invented by Jim Kacian. The one-bun is an ultra-short haibun which has just one line of prose (including the title) and a (one-line) haiku. I will give an example of this one-bun written by Jim himself.

The second week

traveling by myself I cross the continental divide, and everything that once ran in one way now runs in another, down and down

on the surface of dark water my face

© Jim Kacian

Summer Sundown
Your task today is to create a "one-bun" themed "sundown". Enjoy this challenge.

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1700 cooling down


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our 1700th regular episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month it's all about "Summer Love" and today I have chosen for that other part of a hot summer ... cooling down. Here are a few haiku by Basho about this:

delightfulness
cooling one self in a rice paddy
the sound of water

a midday nap
putting the feet against the wall
it feels cool

essential to life
the little space under my hat
enjoying the coolness

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Summer In Japan

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 17th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Carpe Diem #1699 sweating


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time for a new episode in our "summer love" month. We all are familiar with hot summer days. Those days that make you sweat like .... But ofcourse there is also that kind of sweating while having sex with the one you love in a hot summer night. That brings us back to the "summer love".

Today I love to challenge you to create a haiku or tanka in which you describe "making love in a hot summer night" ... and please try to not use the words that are used for that pleasure of love. Try to create a scenen that tells it all, but not very clear. You have to bring it like a mystery or a fantasy.

We all know that Tanka was once meant for the cause of secret love affairs. Haiku wasn't meant for that but we have seen it here often that haiku can be a love poem ... so I would say ... "make love visible without mentioning it.

credits

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 16th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have fun!


Monday, July 8, 2019

Carpe Diem #1698 Hot Summer Night ... Imagination


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in this "Summer Love" month. This month we are celebrating summer and all that belongs to the time of year. Today I have chosen to challenge you with an Imagination episode. As you all know in an imagination episode I will give you a photo for your inspiration. Ofcourse if you love to use a photo or image made by yourself than that's okay too.

Here is the photo to inspire you. You can choose your own Japanese poetry form this time ... so go for it. Create a Troiku, a haiku, a haibun or other Japanese poetry form inspired on the given (or your own) photo.

Hot Summer Night

A beautiful photo I think to work with. I respect every kind of love, because it's not up to me to disrespect the choices people make.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 15th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Carpe Diem #1697 Renga With Jane Reichhold ... placing the flute


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This month it's all about "Summer Love" in the broadest sense of the word. So I hope this month will trigger you to create wonderful "summer love" poems.

The weekend is almost over and I hope you all have had a great weekend full of inspiration. I had a busy weekend, because I had to work at the nursing home for the elderly people were I am working since the start of this year after the bankrupcy of the hospital were I was working. It's still a strange feeling that a hospital can go in bankrupcy, but well I have still the work that I love ... being an oncology-nurse. At this new workplace I have the responsibility for the care for our oncology patients and I am responsible for the implementation of the oncology care. A wonderful challenge I can say, but it takes a lot of my time, but ... it gives me a lot satisfaction.




For this new regular episode I have chosen to challenge you to create a "Renga with Jane Reichhold". I have extracted six haiku from her "A Dictionary of Haiku", Summer section, to work with. I hope you all will enjoy this challenge and (of course) I hope your Renga With Jane will be a tribute for her to honor her. She is still missed dearly ...

Here are the six haiku I have chosen:

wind perfumed
from a woman's shoulder
desert night

dancing on the beach
I jab a stick into the sky
to break up the blue

days so complete
words become the calls of birds
the high tide wind


placing the flute

placing the flute
against her lips something
slips into place

I'm not old
all night my eyes have held
the ancient stars

moon white water
lovers in the secret cove
Saturday night


Six beautiful haiku to work with. You can chose your own "line-up", add your two lined stanza (approx. 7-7 syllables) and try to make the "chain complete". The first (hokku) and the last (ageku) haiku have to have a slight connection.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 14th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, full of summer love, later on. For now ... have fun!!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #92 Quest for a new masterpiece ... Sun Rays


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 7th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (belated) weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. This weekend I love to challenge to create a new masterpiece ... our quest continues. This weekend I love to challenge you with creating a new masterpiece that follows the classical rules. (See above in the menu CDHK Lecture 1)

Of course I will give you a theme too. This month we are creating all poems themed "Summer Love", so for your masterpiece I give you the following theme: Sun Rays.


Sun Rays

I am looking forward to all of your wonderful (new) masterpieces.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 7th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until Sunday July 14th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend full of inspiration.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Carpe Diem #1696 Beach Love


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful Haiku Kai ... Summer Love. All the themes have to do with summer and the best part of summer ... love. Today I have chosen a nice theme I think. Today I love to challenge you to create Tanka (only tanka) on Beach Love ... As you all know the summer beach is one of the places were coupl es find each other in love. Not only just love but also sex. So this is a challenge. Create a Tanka themed "Beach Love", and try to bring in that sexuality, sensuality or erotic feeling.

You know I am not a good Tanka poet, but I had to try ... to create a Tanka with our theme for today.

lying on the beach
I hear the whispering surf
while I dream of her
memories of steaming love
with sand on our buttocks


© Chèvrefeuille


Beach Love by Galo

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 11th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... enjoy your Beach Love.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1695 Ice Cream ... Troiku


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in this new CDHK month July 2019, about Summer Love. This time I have chosen for another nice summer theme, Ice Cream. Of course ice cream isn't specific for summer, because you can eat ice cream whole year, but in summer the ice cream gives us the coolness we need on a warm summer day.

I found a nice haiku themed "ice cream" written by S.D. Tiwari:

snow fall in belly
adding lusciousness to feast 
vanilla ice cream


With this haiku I challenge you to create a Troiku.

Ice Cream

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 10th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have a taste .... of Vanilla Ice Cream.



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Carpe Diem #1694 summer cocktails


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our Summer Love month. This month it's all about summer love in all the ways we know it. Today I have chosen the theme "summer cocktails" and I think that don't needs further explanation.

Summer Cocktail
together with my love
coming at peace in the summer night
sharing our cocktail


© Chèvrefeuille

Just an impromptu haiku ... themed "summer cocktails" and now it is up to you. Create a haiku in which you create a scene full of love ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 9th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... cheers ... have fun!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Carpe Diem #1693 Two Hearts Together ... Tanka Suite


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month it's all about love, more specific, summer love. I think everyone of us has sweet memories of his her summer loves. Maybe you had a holiday lover, or are you more of the one night stands. Love we have to cherish with all our heart.

I remember a first love that made me "mad", I loved a guy ... I think I was in my late teens and before this I had only relationships with girls, but this guy ... I don't know he had something. Something that made him attractive. He was kind and loving. He was always ready to help people around him ... so maybe it wasn't love as in a realtionship, but more a kind of love for his character, his loving spirit. I don't know. I love people and as we all know people are guys and girls. I live out of the idea of unconditional love for all and everything ...


Two Hearts Together

Today I have a "new" challenge for you. I love to challenge you to create a so called Tanka Suite. A Suite is a series of poems, at least six and at the most 12 poems. A Suite is a kind of short story created with poems. And this Tanka Suite is themed "Two Hearts Together". Enjoy this challenge.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 8th at noon (CEST). I wll try to publish our new episode later on.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Carpe Diem #1692 Summer Love ... extreme haibun


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first regular episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai of July 2019. July the Heart of Summer. For this new month I have chosen a wonderful theme: Summer Love. All the prompts this month will have to do with (summer) love in all the ways we know them.
As you all (maybe) know one of the Japanese poetry forms was once mentioned to be the poem of love, mostly secrative love. That form, we know nowadays as Tanka, but formerly it was called "waka". It is a five lined verse following the syllables (onji) scheme 5-7-5-7-7. The Tanka "falls" apart in two parts mostly, the first three lines and last two lines. Sometimes we say a kind of question/answer relation in the two parts, but that's not a rule. Sometimes we see a so called "pivot" in the third line. A "pivot" is a change in sphere or scene and that makes Tanka the best way of writing a love poem.


Summer Love

This month we will see a lot of examples of love in Japanese poetry, but for starters I have chosen to challenge you with the creation of a so called "extreme haibun". An "extreme haibun" is a short story in which you may use a maximum of 50 words including the poetry. So it's really a short story.

For this first episode the theme of the month is also the theme for the day "Summer Love".

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 7th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Friday, June 28, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #91 Renga With .... (hineri) Sonora Desert


!! open for your submissions next Sunday June 30th at 7:00 PM (CEST !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. I have a nice challenge for you all I think this weekend. I have chosen for a Renga With ... episode, one with a twist this time. I will give you six haiku, but from those six I have chosen two which are already in place. I will try to explain the goal this time, in this Hineri Renga, two of the given haiku have a place in the renga you just have to add your two lined stanza of approx. 7-7 syllables. This time those haiku are the first and the third haiku of the six. Those two haiku cannot appear on an other place in your renga.

Here are the haiku to work with and create your Renga with ... Jane Reichhold:

1. among dune grass
silver bleached logs
and a perfect day

2. overcoming rocks
a stream of cacti
slowly spreading

3. desert ways
branching all over
cholla cactus


Teddy Bear Cholla (Sonora Desert)


4. alone and asking
to be touched
teddy bear cholla

5. writing
desert poems
pencil cholla

6. desert sunset
cholla cactus sticks
to the light

© Jane Reichhold (Extracted from "A Dictionary Of Haiku")

So the task is to create a Renga With Jane Reichhold, but the 1st and 3rd haiku have to stay on their place. Add your two lined stanza and take the opportunity to creat a renga with one of the greatest and renown modern haiku poets ... Jane Reichhold.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday June 30th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 7th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, the first of July, later on. Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Carpe Diem #1691 Troiku Month (20) The Snow Of Yesterday


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Troiku Month here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Today I love to bring in a little bit of the zen buddhistic background of haiku. Not by giving you a lot of information, but just by a small piece of text I ran into today.

A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku when they were about to pass out of this life to the next. This haiku by Gozan was written by him at the age of 71 in 1789.

the snow of yesterday
that fell like cherry blossoms
is water once again

© Gozan (1789)

It shows the circle of life a popular belief in Zen Buddhism. It also has the metaphorical meaning of transience as well with the cherry blossoms lasting a week, and snow melting almost immediately upon touching the ground.


Cherry Blossom With Mt. Fuji in the background

This kind of "death haiku" or "jisei" was and is still used by a lot of haiku poets around the world. For example ... Jane Reichhold wrote her last haiku short before she died, so even in modern times the jisei is used. Here is Jane's jisei:

with the moon
night too disappears
into the ocean

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

It's a nice tradition and I hope it will be that forever ... I hope that when I have left this world one of my haiku, my jisei, will be there forever on my tombstone or plate on my urn. Ofcourse I don't have written it yet, because I was planning to become at least 100 yrs (smiles).

Well ... I have given you two haiku. First I would ask you to only use the haiku by Gozan, but feel free to create a Troiku with both haiku. It's your choice ...

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Carpe Diem #1690 Troiku Month (19) butterfly


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful Troiku Month. This month it's amazing to see and read all your responses on our daily task to create Troiku. Every day I give you a haiku to work with, but not today. Today I will give you the "free hand" or in other words: I only give you a theme, Butterfly, to work with. Create a haiku themed Butterfly and create a Troiku with that haiku. So a kind of free-styling.

Butterfly (photo-credit: Charlie Neibergall)

I hope you all will appreciate this episode of "free-styling".

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


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Carpe Diem #1689 Troiku Month (18) Ancient Cypress


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our Troiku Month. Today I have a wonderful haiku for you to work with by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016). I think you all know her and you will know that she once was a co-host  here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. She is still missed, but ... I believe her Spirit is dwelling here at CDHK. Please try to create your Troiku in honor and in loving memory of her.

Here is her haiku to work with:

ancient cypress
leaning over the light
at sunrise

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) (Extracted from her never published gathering of haiku titled "Ocean Sanctuary")

Ancient Cypress

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


Carpe Diem #1688 Troiku Month (17) Breathing Silence


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. Sorry for being late, but I had a busy evening at work, so my excuses for that.

I will give you only the haiku to work with and I hope you are all inspired to create a Troiku with it. Here is the haiku to work with:

alone on the beach
only the cries of seaguls -
breathing silence

© Chèvrefeuille

It's one of my submissions for the silence retreat back in 2016.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 1st at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Carpe Diem #1687 Troiku Month (16) Heat Waves


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration and that your muses have helped you to create your weekend meditation. Today here in The Netherlands we have had the first day of a heat wave. Tropical temperatures are normal here nowadays. Today it was at least 30 degrees Celsius and some parts of my country almost 35 degrees Celsius. This week that kind of temperatures will be here every day with a top on next Wednesday were they even expect 40 degrees Celsius. Not my kind of heat by the way, but well ... the weather does what it wants.

For today's Troiku I have chosen a nice haiku by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) themed "heat waves". I thought that it fits the weather here in the Lowlands.

heat waves
bringing to the desert
an ocean view

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku", the online version)


Heat Waves

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


Friday, June 21, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #90 Crossroads ... Summer Solstice (Troiku Hineri)


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday June 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to create and share Japanese poetry. I hope you all enjoy this Troiku month and ofcourse I hope that your muses are active to inspire you.

This weekend I love to challenge you with a Crossroads episode. As you all know in the Crossroads feature I will give you two (sometimes more) haiku from which you have to create a so called "fusion-haiku". That "fusion-haiku" you have to use to create a Troiku with. This weekend I love to challenge you a little bit more.

This weekend you have to create a Troiku Hineri. What does that mean? Well .. as you all know a Troiku starts with a "source-haiku" from which you have to create three new haiku using the separated three lines as the first line of the new haiku. You created than three new haiku. In a Troiku Hineri you are repeating that same creating proces with the separated lines of your three new haiku. Doing that you create a total of nine new haiku (in total a Troiku Hineri gives you 12 new haiku).


Summer Solstice at Stonehenge (UK)

Today (June 21st) on the Northern hemisphere Summer has started, so for this weekend meditation "Crossroads" I have chosen Summer Solstice as theme. Here are the haiku to work with, one by a classical haiku poet and one by a modern haiku poet:

this short night -
from a shallow well I scoop
a persimmon flower

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Two wonderful haiku I think. It gives you the opportunity to create a "fusion-haiku", a symbiosis, between ancient - and modern times.

Enjoy your weekend ... This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday June 23rd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 30th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful sunny weekend full of inspiration, but also time to relax ...


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1686 Troiku Month (15) Nightingale


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our beautiful Troiku month. This month is running towards its end, but we have still 10 days to go. Tomorrow Summer will start and I hope it will be a wonderful Summer, but I hope it will not be as hot as last year. The Netherlands suffered than from a very hot summer with tropical temperatures. Well we will see.

Today I have a nice haiku by Chiyo-Ni, one of the most famous classical haiku poetesses we know. She is renown by that wonderful haiku about the Morning Glory, but that's not the haiku I have chosen.

The haiku I have chosen to challenge you with is a beauty too and she wrote it in honor of Matsuo Basho, who she saw as her teacher, her master. She wrote this on a haiga with a portrait of Basho and it is a real beauty, but maybe it will not be easy to create a Troiku with.

to listen,
fine not to listen, fine too...
nightingale

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)


Nightingale

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 27th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carpe Diem #1685 Troiku Month (14) pink sakura blush


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. This time I have chosen a haiku by one of our long time members, Kim Russell. She is a great haiku poetess and has shared a lot of beautiful pieces. The one I have chosen is in my opinion a masterpiece ... She created it back in 2017 and it was themed "cherry blossom". It was a submission for one of our kukai.

I think she will be honored that I use her haiku for today's Troiku challenge. As you all know I love haiku about cherry blossom I have written a lot in honor of their beauty. In our Carpe Diem Library you can find an anthology of my cherry blossom haiku titled "Fragile Beauty".

Here is the haiku by Kim to work with:

pink sakura blush 
spring’s kimono falls to earth
silk snatched by a breeze

© Kim R. Russell (2017)


Cherry Blossom

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 26th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Carpe Diem #1684 Troiku Month (13) Fireflies


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Troiku Month. I have had (again) a very busy day, so I will only give you the haiku to work with. This time I have chosen a haiku by Jim Kacian, one of the best modern haiku poets in my opinion.

steamy night
fireflies
out in the rain

© Jim Kacian


Fireflies

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 25th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Carpe Diem #1683 Troiku Month (12) White Valley Clouds


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My apologies for being somewhat later as usualy, but I am at work and hadn't time to create our new episode earlier. So, because I am at work, I will only give you the haiku to work with and create your Troiku with it.

after the rain
breathing deeply
white valley clouds

© Jane Reichhold (Taken from: "A Dictionary of Haiku")


White Valley Clouds

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 24th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1682 Troiku month (11) The Wind Of Fuji


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and that the weekend inspired you and gave you the time to relax. I had a very busy weekend at work, but I survived it (just joking). A new week is in front of you and as you all know we are creating Troiku this month.

For this first regular episode of this new week I have chosen a haiku by my master, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and maybe you know it, because I think we have had this haiku earlier here at CDHK.

Here is the haiku to work with:

the wind of Fuji
I've brought on my fan
a gift from Edo

© Basho


Fuji no Yama and Sakura

A very nicely crafted haiku by Basho and I think it gives you the opportunity to create a wonderful Troiku with it.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.