Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Carpe Diem #1763 Little Creatures ... free styling


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late, a little time problem (smiles). Therefore I have chosen the easy way this time. As you all know we are celebrating our 7th birthday with a month full of prompts on "little creatures" to honor them as being part of Creation.

Today you may choose your own "little creature" to work with. Tell us why you have chosen your specific "little creature" and than create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form, with it.

Enjoy this task, it's your choice and you can go "free-styling".


Little Creatures Of Nature (photo © Moon Robo; Instagram)

Enjoy your day.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 21st at noon (CEST). I will try to post our first "new" episode of our weekly Wednesday Tan Renga Challenge later on. For now ... have fun!


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Carpe Diem #1762 Mosquitoes ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration ... in a relaxed mode. I had a wonderful weekend, the last of my vacation. Monday October 14th I have to work again, I am glad, because four weeks vacation is awesome, but caring for my mother took a lot of my free time, but well ... I love my mom and she and I are the only living two of our family (my brother and my dad have passed away) so we have to be there for eachother.




We are celebrating our 7th birthday this month through honoring the small creaters of nature. Today I have chosen for those small creatures that can be such a pain in the ass ... mosquitos, but there are several wonderful haiku about them. So let me give you a few examples:

summer melting
mosquitoes' sound
in a harmonica

© Jane Reichhold

in and out of raindrops
falling from the eaves they swarm...
mosquitoes

© Issa

The Mosquito Hums

A mosquito buzzes
Every time flowers
of honeysuckle fall


© Buson

Searching storehouse eaves, 
rapt in plum blossom smells, 
the mosquito hums 

© Basho

Four beautiful haiku on mosquitoes. The beauty of these haiku makes the mosquito no longer a pain in the ass.

I was triggered by the haiku by Buson, so here is my attempt to create a haiku themed "mosquitoes":

honeysuckle flowers fall
one by one, awakening mosquitoes,
covering the Earth

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CEST). Have fun!


Friday, October 11, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #106 Turn Back Time (2) Revise That Haiku by Taigi


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday October 13th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai were we are celebrating our 7th birthday. Last weekend I introduced a special feature for this festive month "Turn Back Time". In this special feature I will take you back in time ... or in other words "I will turn back time" into our amazing CDHK history.




This week I love to "turn back time" to another wonderful special feature we have had here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. In October 2013 I started our special feature "Revise That Haiku" with a haiku by Taigi (1709-1771). Taigi was 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.

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 poetical 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.

Flourishing Plum Blossoms in the Moonlight

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 Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Ofcourse I than gave it a try, so here is the "revised" haiku by Taigi created by me, your host:

shadow on the wall
flourishing plum blossom
in the moon light

© Chèvrefeuille (October 2013)

Enjoy your weekend. This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday October 13th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CEST). Have fun!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1761 Sparrows (Renga With ...)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a wonderful month this is ... our 7th anniversary ... I like it. I am so glad to see that you all are celebrating with me that CDHK exist seven years ... I never could have dreamed that CDHK would be alive and kicking after 7 years ... but here we are ... celebrating our 7th birthday. We have seen participants from all over the world. The most participants from the start are still here, but we also seen participants leave to never come back, but those who left and returned ... thank you.

Thank you all for your rich poems, your active participation and the love you share with us in that small Japanese poem ... haiku. This month we are celebrating this beautiful small poem with a tribute to all small creatures on Earth and today I love to challenge you with another small, sometimes a real pain in the ass, bird ... the sparrow.




Sparrows ... those small little (pricks), but there are a lot of haiku written about them. One haiku master especially created a lot of haiku about the sparrows ... and I think you all know him, Kobayashi Issa. Issa is one of the "big five" haiku masters next to Basho, Buson, Chiyo-Ni and Shiki. He had a very tough life, he lost several of his kids to death and his wife too. He was a Buddhist-Shinto believer and honored nature in a great way. Issa honored even those mosqitos and other smal creatures like the sparrows.

For this episode I love to challenge you to create a Renga, or better said: a Junicho. The Junicho is a renga of 12 stanza, this is the renga format we always use in the Renga With specials ... so I will give you six (6) haiku written by Issa to work with. Your task is to add your two-lined stanza (approx. 7-7 syllables) and create a Junicho with him. (By the way, the name Junicho came in use in the 20th century, so it's a young form of renga).


Kobayashi Issa

I will give you the six haiku by Issa. You can create your own "line-up" and the first stanza (hokku) and the last stanza (ageku) have to be connected with each other, this is "to close the chain".

spring peace--
after rain, a gang war
garden sparrows

don't let the plum blossom guard
cut your tongues...
Sparrows! *

(* note: Issa alludes to an old Japanese fairy tale in which a mean old woman cut a sparrow's tongue with scissors because the sparrow pecked at her starch. Here, Issa warns the chirping sparrows that their tongues might be in similar jeopardy, hinting that the guard is a mean old grouch.)

are the sparrows too
having a private party?
plum blossoms

while I watch
he's off to make a living alone...
baby sparrow


Sparrows on Bamboo (woodblock print by Ohara Koson)

living in harmony--
the sparrow has
both parents!

on the tip of the
newly sprouted bamboo...
a baby sparrow

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

Six beautiful haiku crafted by Issa for your enjoyment and inspiration. Create your renga with Issa today and share it as a tribute to the sparrows and to celebrate our 7th birthday.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 17th at noon (CEST). Have fun!



Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Carpe Diem #1760 Butterfly (a Tan Renga challenge)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. As you all know I didn't publish an episode on Wednesdays, but next week I will publish again on Wednesday, but not a regular episode, but a special one ... From next week on I will challenge you every Wednesday with a Tan Renga, as we do today.



Today I love to challenge you to create a Tan Renga with a given haiku. As you all know the goal of a so called "Tan Renga Challenge" is to add your 2nd stanza of two lines (approximately 7-7 syllables) to complete or continue the given haiku through association on the scenes and images in the haiku.

Here is the haiku to work with:

on the Honeysuckle
the fragile wings of a butterfly
a fluttering sound

© Chèvrefeuille (October 2012)

Butterfly On Honeysuckle (image found on Pinterest)

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

Carpe Diem #1759 Grasshopper (a haiku by Issa)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are celebrating our 7th birthday and I am happy that we can celebrate it ... As I started with CDHK back in 2012 I wasn't aware of what I started ... but I love it. I am so glad to be your host and I am happy that I can inspire you through all the wonderful prompts we have seen here and will see in the future.



Today another wonderful prompt, another wonderful but sometimes dangerous small creature ... the Grasshopper.

Here is a haiku written by Issa inspired on this small creature:

giddy grasshopper
take care...do not leap and crush
these pearls of dewdrop

© Issa

When the grasshopper spirit animal comes leaping into your life, it signifies your need to make a tremendous leap of faith.
Just like the cricket symbolism, the grasshopper symbolism wants you to know that if you aim high and go where others are scared to go, you will accomplish amazing feats and achieve incredible results!

Grasshopper

The grasshopper spirit animal chooses those who want to move ahead in life with their innovative thinking and progressive approach.
When you are inspired by the grasshopper totem, jump forward and get past whatever is trying to keep you or hold you back.

What a tragic thing:
'Neath a mighty warrior's helm
Grasshoppers chirruping! 


© Basho (Tr. Dorothy Britton)

(note: In the most translations of this haiku by Basho, the Grasshopper is mentioned  Cricket)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 14th at noon (CEST). As you all know during my vacation, this is my last week, I don't publish a new episode on Wednesday.


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Carpe Diem #1758 Hummingbird


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I had a great weekend, we had our grandchildren to visit together with their dad (our eldest son) and it was a very nice and fun weekend. I also visited my mom who has been diagnozed with vasculair dementia recently. She can live with care in her own home, but ofcourse as her only son I visit her often. It's always a joy to visit her, but it is not easy to see is losing her memory.




This month we are celebrating our 7th anniversary with a tribute to the small creatures and creations of Mother Nature. Those small creatures are not only insects, but also lottle birds, like the Hummingbird ... our prompt for today. To inspire you I have a wonderful short video for you (Source: You Tube Channel NGC).




I ran through my archives and found a few haiku themed "hummingbird":

a passionflower
opens her heart with golden nectar
for the hummingbird

what a pretty sight
a hummingbird searching for nectar
Lily's cup

the hummingbird
his wings waving away the wind
looks for nectar

© Chèvrefeuille (2012)

Three beauties I think, but I think you all can create haiku that are far more better than the three created by me.

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

Friday, October 4, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #105 Turn Back Time ... a special feature for our 7th brithday


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday October 6th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first weekend meditation of our anniversary month October 2019. This month we are celebrating our 7th anniversary ... and especially for this month I have created a new feature for our weekend meditation. I have titled it "Carpe Diem's Turn Back Time". I think you all will understand that this special feature will bring us back in time ... In this special feature I will challenge you with a few features we have had here at our wonderful Haiku Kai during our existence. For this special feature I have created a new logo also:


credits
In this first weekend meditation I love to take you back in time to one of the first special features I created, Carpe Diem Special. That feature I created to bring the so called "big five haiku masters" to your attention and for your inspiration. The "big five" are: Basho, Buson, Chiyo-Ni, Issa and Shiki ... they all have been the theme for that first special feature "Carpe Diem Special" and I love to Turn Back Time to December 29th 2012 to an episode titled "Ancient Road". This title was taken from a haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784):

furumichito kikeba yukashiki yukino shita

"An ancient road," they say
How charming
Though beneath this snow.

© Yosa Buson


The Samurai's Mountain Road

Maybe Buson walked on this Samurai Moutain Road in the middle of winter. The road beneath a blanket of snow isn't seen very well.

Let me tell you a little bit about the "Samourai's Mountain Road": In the days of the samurai, two ancient roads linked Japan’s great cities of Kyoto (the home of the sacred emperor) and Edo (the seat of the shogun and the place we now call Tokyo). One road followed the sea coast; the other wound its way through the forested hills of central Japan and was simply called the Nakasendo – the road within the mountains. Both bore regularly the tramp of marching feet as armies of samurai, dressed in their finest, accompanied their lords on their way to pay his annual respects to the shogun. Should two marching columns meet the social inferior was required to dismount and his men pull respectfully back to one side to allow the nobler lord to pass by.

Nowadays these roads are frequented by a lot of feet, but not of Samurai anymore, but of tourists and hikers.

Somewhere Along the Samourai's Mountain Road

What a joy to Turn Back Time ... this brings sweet memories back to me. I wasn't sure if I would continue with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai back in December 2012, because of the time I had to spend to it. An every day post wasn't always possible back than, but (as you all know) that's a problem sometimes too in our recent time.
The goal of this special feature is to create a Japanese poem, like haiku or tanka, inspired on the haiku by Buson (or the one by Basho).

If you would like to read the mentioned CD Special than you can find it HERE.

To conclude this first weekend meditation I have a nice haiku by Basho for you that in a way has to do with the Samurai's Mountain Road:

waving long grass
all that remains of ancient warriors
trace of dreams

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

(This is a translation of the original by myself: the original haiku in romaji is: natsukusa ya / tsuwamono domo ga / yume no ato)

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday October 6th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until October 13th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1757 Dragonfly ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our celebration month. This month we celebrate our 7th brithday. I started with CDHK back in October 2012, just for fun and giving people the opportunity to create haiku (or other Japanese poetry form) on a daily base.
There were times in our 7 years that I thought of closing the website. For example there was a discussion about using the published poetry in our exclusive CDHK E-book line. That discussion wasn't a nice one and we lost several of our CDHK family-members. As you all know here at CDHK we have now a publishing policy which you can find at the bottom of our Kai.




Today I have another beautiful "small creature" for you. I think we have seen that "small creature" earlier here on CDHK ... today our prompt, our "small creature" is Dragonfly.

dragonfly dances
above the old pond of Basho -
the sound of water
wings reflecting sunlight
on young green leaves

© Chèvrefeuille

This above tanka is one of the first I wrote, because tanka is not my cup of tea, as you all know. And this one I found (back) in my archives.
As you know we read a lot of haiku by classical and non-classical masters. Here are a few haiku themed "dragonfly" written by classical masters:




I found a nice haiku written by Buson about a dragonfly:

Its tail un-dyed
How charming--
A red dragonfly

And a nice one by Kobayashi Issa:

the dragonfly
settles to sleep...
on the scarecrow

Really wonderful haiku about dragonflies and to enclose this introduction to our new prompt I love to share a haiku by "my master", Matsuo Basho:

Crimson pepper pod
add two pairs of wings, and look
darting dragonfly

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


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Carpe Diem #1756 Fly ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy ... we are celebrating our 7th anniversary and I am so glad that I can celebrate that with you all, ... my dear friends and haiku-family-members. This month we will look at the small creatures in nature, and than I don't mean only insects, but also small plants, flowers, fishes and more ... The choice was easy ... haiku is the smallest poetry form on Earth, so it's the perfect way to honor the small creatures of Creation ... Mother Nature cherish not only the big creatures, but also the small creatures ... so why not do a whole month about the small things of nature.




In our first episode I took a wonderful haiku by Basho and I have read beautiful haiku inspired on the first prompt "Sheperd's Purse". Today I love to look at another small creature in nature ... Issa wrote a lot of haiku about this small creature ... the fly. Here are a few examples of haiku by Issa:

don't be mean
to that horsefly
skylight!

let him pass
like a mosquito, a fly...
solitary priest

thin legs--
while cooling myself appraised
by a horsefly

© Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

Three beautiful haiku by Issa in which he clearly shows that he is appreciating all matters of nature great and small. Issa wrote a lot of haiku on small creatures ... so we will see him often this month.


Horsefly
Let us celebrate our anniversary with a wonderful haiku in tribute of  the fly ...

between lettuce
I spot a mating pair of flies -
no salad today

© Chèvrefeuille

I just had to bring a little joy or humor in this one.

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