Thursday, February 21, 2019

Carpe Diem #1612 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (16) plumegrass


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this new episode of our wonderful Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 here at CDHK, the place to be if you like to write and share Japanese poetry. Today I thought to do something else ... it did take me some time, but I have found the most ancient haiku ever. The haiku I have for you to work with is created somewhere in the 8th century (to be precise around 711).
In that time haiku wasn't the name of it, it was something like waka, but not as we know waka (5 lines), but as a three lined waka. It was a real joy to go on this quest and I am glad that I found it. It's a beauty written by O no Yasumaro (circa 711)

Plumegrass In The Mountains

Here is the haiku to work with:

While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.

© Ō no Yasumaro (circa 711), (Tr. Michael R. Burch)

Isn't it a beauty? Almost 1000 years before Basho created the "modern haiku", haiku was already a poetry form. Awesome! Now it's up to you to add your 2nd stanza (two lines) and make the Tan Renga complete or continue the scene.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 28th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Carpe Diem #1611 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (15) Full Snow Moon


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai were we are creating Tan Renga this month. I have read wonderful continuations and completions and I hope to see that again with our challenge for today.

Today I have another Tan Renga Challenge Hineri episode for you all. As you all know Hineri means with a twist, so today's challenge is to create not only the 2nd (two-lined) stanza, but also the 3rd (three-lined) stanza and 4th (two-lined) stanza through association. For today's Hineri Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku by one of our longtime members of our haiku family, Hamish Managua Gunn. Hamish is not only a wonderful haiku poet, but also a wonderful author. He was my co-host for a while and I have warm memories of him.

Full Snow Moon (Supermoon February 2019)

Here is the haiku to work with:

full snow moon
stirs the ladybug
on cold bare branches

© Hamish

A wonderful haiku that Hamish created back in 2016. This one is a beauty and I think it's a nice haiku to work with ... so I am looking forward to your responses.

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


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Carpe Diem #1610 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (14) changing of the robes


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our CDHK Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019. Today I have a nice haiku by another classical haiku poet for you to work with. By the way this will be a short episode just because of lack of time. So I will give you only the haiku to work with.
Today I will give you a haiku created by Shiba Sonome (1664-1726) Shiba Sonome was a Japanese zen poet. She was an acquaintance and friend of Matsuo Bashō, and their correspondence is a treasure of zen and haiku history.

Sonome was known for her poetry, which possessed a frank and immediate sense of purpose.

Shiba Sonome

Here is the haiku by Sonome to work with:

changing of the robes -
deliberately I go to the neighbour
to hold her child

© Shiba Sonome (Tr. Gabi Greve)

(By the way: the caption brings you to an older episode of CDHK about Sonome)

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


Monday, February 18, 2019

Carpe Diem #1609 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (13) water reflection


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month we are busy with creating Tan Renga, a short chained verse written by two poets. The Tan Renga looks similar with the tanka, but the tanka is written by one poet.
Today I have a haiku by a disciple of Matsuo Basho, Takarai Kikaku. Kikaku was one of the most renown disciples of Basho and he had a very warm relation with his master. Let me tell you a little bit more about Takarai Kikaku.

Takarai Kikaku (image found on Pinterest)

Takarai Kikaku was a Japanese haikai poet and among the most accomplished disciples of Matsuo Bashō. His father was an Edo doctor, but Kikaku chose to become a professional haikai poet rather than follow in his footsteps. Kikaku’s poetry is known for its wit and its difficulty. Whereas Basho, especially in his later years, focused on the countryside and espoused an aesthetic of simplicity, Kikaku preferred the city and the opportunities it provided for extravagant play. He also preferred a more demanding form of poetry, one laced with wordplay, allusions, and juxtapositions of images that defy easy explanation. At the time of his death, he was perhaps the leading poet in Edo (today’s Tokyo), which then had a population of around one million, making it perhaps the largest city in the world at the time.

And here is the haiku to work with:

water reflection–
a flying squirrel across
the wisteria’s mantle

© Takarai Kikaku (Tr. unknown)

In this haiku Kikaku describes a wonderful scene ... and you can easily see his talent and you can even sense the master, Matsuo Basho, in it.

Vintage Japanese Shin Hanga Woodblock Print by Toshi Yoshida - Wisteria at Ushijima
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 25th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!


Carpe Diem #1608 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (12) Spring is in the air


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I was on the nightshift so my weekend was spend mostly at work and in my bed. This weekend was a nice weekend it felt like spring, but ... well I haven't experienced it.

Last weekend I introduced a new feature to you "Poetry Archive" and today's Tan Renga Challenge is one with a haiku by Kim. This new haiku she created last weekend ... Her haiku is a beauty and it describes this last weekend in a certain way. Spring is in the air ...


Spring Is In The Air

Here is the haiku to work with:

the sky is bluer
birds are singing once again
caressed by sunshine

(C) Kim M. Russell

A wonderful (masterpiece) haiku I would say. It's up to you now ... have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 24th at noon (CET). Enjoy it ...


Friday, February 15, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #72 Introducing a new feature: Poetry Archive (1)


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday 17th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's weekend again and that means time for a new weekend meditation. I have given it a thought and I decided to create a new feature for you all. No themes or prompts ... just your own free will, your own free choice for your poetry.

This new feature I have titled "Poetry Archive" and I think you all know what this new feature is about? Yes ... that's correct ... I invite you to dive into your poetry archive and share haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form that mean a lot to you. Please share with us why you did made the choice and try to create a new haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on the poem you have chosen.

Poetry Archive (credits for this image I have used)
In our daily episodes I use often haiku (sometimes tanka) taken from my archive just because I love them and I don't have enough inspiration to create new ones. So I think you all will have sometimes a period of less inspiration ... and maybe you even have shared poetry from your archive.

For this new feature "Poetry Archive" I challenge you to pick a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form from your "Poetry Archive" and share it, together with the background on your choice, with us all and create a new one inspired on your own.

Of course I have chosen a haiku from my archive. It's a haiku that I love very much and I think you will know it too.

Here is my choice from my archive:

This one I wrote several years ago and I used it a few times here at our wonderful Kai. It was inspired on one of the haiku by Matsuo Basho, my sensei. With this haiku I gave tribute to him, honoring him as my sensei. So this haiku is very dear to me.

ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands -
waiting for the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

Ancient Warrior's Ghost (image found on Pinterest)
And here is a new haiku inspired on this haiku from my archive:

entering the dreamworld
I find myself on an ancient battlefield
red poppies bloom


© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I think you will need the weekend as much as I do, and I hope you all will have a wonderful weekend.

This weekend meditation "Poetry Archive" is open for your submissions next Sunday February 17th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 24th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new regular episode later on. For now .... have fun!


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Carpe Diem #1607 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (11) an open window


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 ... this month we are only busy with creating Tan Renga and I can see that you all enjoy it. Today I have a new Hineri episode for you. Hineri means "with a twist" and for today's Tan Renga Challenge this means that you not only have to write the second stanza, but also a third and fourth stanza ... so it is a four verse Renga to create (3 lines; 2 lines; 3 lines and 2 lines).

Back in 2018 I started with a new feature "crossroads" in which I challenged you to create a "fusion-ku" from two given haiku. Somewhere in April 2018 I created a "fusion-ku" and that "fusion-ku" is the haiku to start with.

Butterfly (photo © Chèvrefeuille)

Here is that haiku:

the sound of the surf
enters my home through the open window
and a butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille (2018)

And now it is up to you to create the 2nd stanza (2-lines), the 3rd stanza (3-lines) and the 4th stanza (2lines) inspired / associated on the given haiku.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... have fun!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Carpe Diem #1606 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (10) White Bush Clover


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (somewhat belated) episode of our wonderful Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019. This month all the themes / prompts are haiku by modern and non-modern haikupoets. The goal this month is to create a Tan Renga with the given haiku by adding your second stanza of approximately 14 syllables associated on images and scenes in the given haiku.

Today I have a wonderful haiku by one of my favorite haiku poets, Masaoka Shiki, the haiku poet who brought haiku into the 20th century. He has written a lot of haiku and I think his haiku are wonderful.

White Bush Clover
Here is the haiku to work with:

the white bush clovers
drop the dewdrops
frequently


(c) Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Carpe Diem #1605 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (9) first day of spring


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our beautiful Haiku Kai. This month it's Tan Renga Challenge Month so all our regular episodes are Tan Renga to complete (or to continue). For today's episode I have chosen a nice (renown) haiku by Basho, my master, one of the most famous haiku poets.

First day of spring--
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

© Matsuo Basho (Tr Robert Hass)

First Day Of Spring
What a nice haiku to work with ... here is my hummble attempt:

First day of spring--
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.
                                                 © Basho

sweet memories to cherish
cherry blossom viewing with my love 
                 © Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... I like this continuation (how immodest) of the haiku by Basho.

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


Monday, February 11, 2019

Carpe Diem #1604 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (8) sunday morning


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another new Tan Renga Challenge to start ... this time I have chosen a beauty by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) to work with. As you all know Jane was a co-host here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and she once said: "Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is best website on haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry on the Internet". Of course I was (and still am) proud that she said that about our wonderful CDHK Family. I believe that her spirit is still dwelling here at our Kai. She will always be part of CDHK and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to know her and have her as a friend.

So today I hope you will create a Tan Renga in honor of Jane, a tribute to her wonderful spirit.


white waves kneeling

sunday morning 
all the waves in white
kneeling on the beach

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

A wonderful haiku to work with ... this episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 18th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Carpe Diem #1603 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (7) phoenix


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologise to you for bein glate with publishing our new regular episode. My excuses for being late, but that said ... time to go on with a new Tan Renga Challenge, because that's what we are doing this whole month ... Tan Renga Challenges.

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and that your weekend was one of inspiration and joy. Today I have chosen a wonderful haiku to work with created by one of our family members. I haven't ask her yet, but I think she will not have a problem with using her haiku here at our wonderful Kai. I have chosen a haiku created by Dolores of Ada's Poetry Alcove. She wrote this haiku in response on the "rebirth" of our Time Glass feature last week.

rebirth
tendrils of love spread
through poetry

© Dolores

The Phoenix by Evolvana (DevianArt; image found on Pinterest)
A wonderful haiku to work with I think, I hadn't inspiration to create the 2nd stanza to this Tan Renga, but I love to share a haiku from my archives:

phoenix spreads its wings
after the dark cold winter night
finally spring

© Chèvrefeuille (2015)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired!


Saturday, February 9, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #71 Crossroads Hineri ... cherry blossom


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

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation episode here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. I created this special feature a few years ago to give me some time off ... and I am glad I have created it, because it's a joy to have a few days off.

This weekend I love to challenge you with a Crossroads Hineri episode. As you know Crossroads is the feature to create a fusion-ku from two given haiku. This weekend it's a Crossroads Hineri episode and that means that you not only have to create a fusion-ku, but also a Troiku with your fusion-ku.

Yesterday I read a Japanese news paper and in that paper was the first cherry blossom forecast. The cherry blossom forecast gives the Japanese people the opportunity to go cherry blossom viewing, because for the Japanese that is a wonderful event.


Cherry Blossom

So the theme for this weekend meditation is Cherry Blossom (viewing). I have chosen two haiku created by myself to work with. I have taken those haiku from one of our exclusive CDHK E-books titled "fragile beauty".

standing naked
in awe of the first cherry blossom
dancing in the garden

on winter's edge
the first Cherry blossom blooms
rain falls softly

© Chèvrefeuille

Two haiku from my archives taken from "fragile beauty" (you can find the complete E-book in our CDHK Library) to work with. You all know I love Cherry Blossoms and to me it's always a joy to see the first cherry blossom in my Sakura in the backyard.

Goal for this weekend meditation is to create a "fusion-ku" with / from the given haiku and to create a Troiku (more on Troiku you can find in the menu) with your "fusion-ku".

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday February 10th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 17th at noon (CET). Have a great weekend!


Friday, February 8, 2019

Carpe Diem #1602 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (6) the night of firefly


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019. My apologies for being late with publishing I was on the evening shift and hadn't the opportunity to create a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai.

This month it's Tan Renga Challenge Month and that means every regular episode the task is to complete a Tan Renga (chained verse created by two poets) with a given haiku. Today I love to challenge you a little bit more. Today the Tan Renga Challenge is a Hineri (with a twist) challenge and that means you have to create a Tan Renga and two other stanza, so you have to create not only the second stanza of two lines, but also a third stanza (three lines) and a fourth stanza (two lines).

To start this Tan Renga Challenge Hineri I have a wonderful haiku by Katsura Nobuko (1914-2004) a female haiku poet. I had never heard from her, but she has written nice haiku. The haiku I have chosen is a love-haiku and a nice one I think to create your Tan Renga Hineri.

Katsura Nobuko (1914-2004)

Let me first tell you a litte bit more about her:

Nobuko Katsura was born Nobuko Niwa in Osaka on 1 November 1914. After graduating from High School, she began writing haiku under the direction of the poet Sojo Hino, editor of the 'Kikan' (The flagship). Later she founded the Marumero (Quince) haiku group with Kenkichi Kusumoto. In March 1945 during the WWII when the American planes bombed Osaka, Nobuko's house caught fire and she was just able to gather her haiku manuscripts before fleeing from the fire. The rescued manuscripts were later published in her first volume, 'Gekkoo shoo’ (Beams of the moon 1949).

In 1954 she helped Katoo Chiyoko edit the magazine 'Josei haiku' (Women's haiku). After 'Gekkoo shoo', she published 'Nyoshin' (The female body) in 1955, 'Banshun' (Late spring) in 1967, 'Shinroku' (Young leaves) in 1974, and several other collections. In 1970 she founded the magazine 'Sooen' (The grass garden), which is still publishing today. She has also been a vice-president of the Modern Haiku Association of Japan. Her ninth collection of haiku 'Kaei' (The shadows of flowers) came out in 1998. Nobuko’s style of writing developed through the years – from the slightly erotic notions in her early poems to the calmer yet full of emotions and sensuality haiku of her later career. (Source: The Living Haiku Anthology)

Firefly

Here is the haiku to start with:

I wear loosely
and meet the man
at the night of firefly


© Katsura Nobuko (1914-2004)

A wonderful haiku in which we can easily see the theme ... love. Really a nice haiku to start our Tan Renga Challenge Hineri with.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 14th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now .... have fun!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Carpe Diem #1601 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (5) the weight of a butterfly


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month it's Tan Renga Challenge month so every theme / prompt is a haiku by a modern or classical haiku poet and the goal is to create a Tan Renga with it by adding your two-lined second stanza of approximately 14 syllables. The second stanza you can create through association on the scene(s) in the given haiku.

Today I have a wonderful, not so well known haiku by female haiku master Chiyo-Ni. I think you all know her at least from her wonderful Morning Glory haiku. That Morning Glory haiku however is not the haiku to work with today.

Here is the haiku to work with:

waterweed
floating away, despite 
the butterfly's weight on it

© Chiyo-Ni (Tr. Ueda)


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


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Carpe Diem #1600 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (4) cold wintry wind


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new milestone here at CDHK. Today I have the 1600th regular episode for you and I think that's awesome. As I started CDHK back in 2012 I couldn't have dreamed that there would be 1600 regular episodes of our wonderful Kai, but we did it. It is not only my milestone it's also your milestone. Without you I couldn't make CDHK. Thank you all for being part of CDHK's haiku loving family.

Arigatou (Thank You)
This month it is Tan Renga Challenge Month and I love creating this minth, because Tan Renga we make together, as we do all the time here at CDHK, but Tan Renga is a real nice way to create together.

Yesterday I had a wonderful haiku by Ken Gierke and I hope it inspired you in an awesome way. Today I have chosen to challenge you with a classical haiku by Natsume Soseki:

the cold wintry wind
is blowing so hard that
the sun sinks into the ocean

© Soseki

More about him you can find in our CDHK library. I created an exclusive CDHK E-book about him titled "Magnolia Blossom" back in 2016 (?).

the sun sinks into the ocean (image found on Pinterest)

The above haiku is a real beauty in my opinion and I think it can become a nice Tan Renga. Here is my attempt:

the cold wintry wind
is blowing so hard that
the sun sinks into the ocean 
              © Soseki

awakens the silvery moon
to give light to the world 
                   © Chèvrefeuille

Wow ... I think this Tan Renga is a beauty (how immodest). I like it very much. And now it is up to you to create your Tan Renga by adding your two lined stanza.

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


Monday, February 4, 2019

Carpe Diem #1599 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (3) garden at sunrise


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share Japanese poetry. This month it's Tan Renga Challenge month and that means that I challenge you to complete a Tan Renga.
A Tan Renga is a short chained verse created by two poets and looks in it's final form very much alike with the tanka. Tanka is another nice short Japanese poetry form but instead of 3 lines it has 5 lines. There is little difference between the Tanka and the Tan Renga ... a tanka is written by one poet and the Tan Renga is written by two poets.

For today's Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a wonderful masterpiece by Ken Gierke, better known as RivrVlogr. Last weekend I challenged you to create a new masterpiece and this one Ken wrote is a real masterpiece in my opinion. So I have asked him for permission to use his haiku for this new Tan Renga Challenge.

Sunflower Field At Sunset (image found on Flickr)
The theme for our last weekend-meditation was Sunflower and Ken has created a wonderful haiku to work with and create a Tan Renga with. You have to add the second stanza (2-lines approx. 14 syllables) through association on the scenes in the haiku. Here is that beauty by Ken:

garden at sunrise
shadows erased by first rays
sunflowers turning

© Ken Gierke (RivrVlogr)

Wow ... what a gorgeous haiku. Here is my attempt to complete the Tan Renga:

garden at sunrise
shadows erased by first rays
sunflowers turning                             
© Ken Gierke

while a nightingale sings
an aubade for the Creator 
                   © Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... I like this completion (how immodest) it makes the scene created by Ken even more stronger and intense.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!


Carpe Diem Rebirth of an Old Feature: Time Glass 1 Crystal


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you can remember that we once had a time-challenging feature titled "Time Glass". The goal was to create haiku or tanka inspired on a theme within 24 hours, so a real time challenge. I love to "restart" that feature. Why? Well as you all know a while ago I changed the responding time of our Kai into seven days, a whole week, but (as you all know) haiku is an impression of a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. That short time can help you to create your haiku (or tanka) based on that single moment.

I love to improve your haiku (and tanka) writing skills so I think this "Time Glass" feature can help you with that. But ... we are a haiku loving family from all over the world and we live all in different time zones, so I think it's a good thing to extend the (original) 24 hours of the "Time Glass" feature to 36 hours to respond on the theme.

That theme can be a haiku, a tanka, a waka, an image or just a word  And for the "rebrith" of this feature I have chosen for a haiku and an image to inspire you.

First the image:

Crystal Sunlight (image found on Flickr)

And here is the haiku, one I created myself inspired on the above image:

crystal clear sunlight
reflects all colors in the mirror -
shadow of a dragon

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

Well ... a nice time challenge I think. Try to create your haiku or tanka inspired on this "rebirth" of the Time Glass feature and share it with us within 36 hours. That means this episode is open for your submissions around 3:00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until February 6th 03:00 AM (CET). Have fun!


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1598 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (2) bright enough


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new week in another wonderful month of Carpe Diem. This month it is Tan Renga Challenge (TRC) Month so I will challenge you to make a Tan Renga complete with a given haiku.

I hope you all have had a nice weekend. And that you all are ready for a new week. For today's TRC I have chosen a haiku by Jane Reichhold to create a Tan Renga with:

bright enough
to write a poem
the cold moon


© Jane Reichhold

Bright Moon

Well .... it's your turn to create a Tan Renga with this beauty by Jane Reichhold.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #70 The Quest For A New Masterpiece continues ... sunflower


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday February 3rd at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation ... that feature that gives me the opportunity to take a few days of. I love this feature and it's every weekend a new challenge to come up with a new feature episode. This weekend meditation I have chosen to challenge you (again) with an episode of our "Quest For A New 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.

I think you all can name several masterpieces of the classic haiku poets, but also of modern haiku poets.

Sunflower Fields Tuscany Italy

For this weekend meditation I love tochallenge you to create a (new) masterpiece themed "sunflowers". I will give you an example:

on the piazza
drinking wine with my love
sunflower field in front

© Chèvrefeuille (2016)

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday February 3rd at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 11th at noon (CET). Have a wonderful weekend.