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.

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