Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Carpe Diem #1840 Hoarfrost

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Finally a few days off. So time to publish a new post in our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month our theme is "autumn leaves". We are already running to winter here on the Northern hemisphere, so we have had already our first hoarfrost. That fragile kind of frost created by fog ... so I thought we can create haiku about "hoarfrost".


fragile beauty
cranberries covered with sugar
first hoarfrost


© Chèvrefeuille

The task for today is to create a Troiku with this haiku written by your host. It has been a while that I asked you to create a Troiku, so if you have forgotten what a Troiku is, you can find a description above in the menu.

A nice theme I would say. So it's up to you all to create a Troiku with the given haiku. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 29th at 10:00 pm (CET). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Carpe Diem #1839 colors of life

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I have to apologize again. We have a new Covid outbreak and so I am (again) very busy with work. I know you all accept it as I not publish, but it feels somewhat ... sad that I disappoint you all (again) by not publishing as I had hoped.

This month I have chosen the theme "autumn leaves", and as it says it's all about kigo for autumn. Today I have chosen the theme "colors of life" and that has to do with autumn, but also with life itself.

Everyone lives her or his life with a kind of vision, a spiritual one maybe, but it can be a vision of love or of making carreer. My life is very colorful with all the things I am doing. Ofcourse there is my family, my children and grandchilderen. And than there is my job as an oncology nurse and last, but certainly not least ... there is Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, that beautiful family of haijin.


mysterious colors
first sunlight of autumn
more brilliant

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 22nd at 10:00 PM (CET). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Carpe Diem #1838 Blue Moon

 



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First my apologies for not publishing this week. We have a new Covid outbreak and, as you all know, as a nurse that brings a lot of work. But today I have found a little bit of time to create a post for your inspiration.

Yesterday (October 31st) we had a Blue Moon, a second full moon in one month. So today's theme is to create a haiku, tanka, troiku or other Japanese poetry form themed "Blue Moon".

This time it was even more special, because this second full moon occurred on Haloween, spooky and magical I would say.


I think it's a nice theme.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 6th at 10:00 pm. You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below. Be inspired!


Monday, October 26, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: #1837 blowing in the wind

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize to you all. Last week I had a very busy week, because of a new Covid outbreak, so as an oncology nurse I had to take care for my patients. So there was no time to create the posts here on CDHK.

I had a complete different idea of our celebration month, but ... well it is still a celebration month, but with a less more posts than I had hoped.


I think you all will know Bob Dylan, he is the first songwriter who won the Nobel prize for literature and I think he deserved it. He has written wonderful songs, but my favorite song by Bob Dylan is "Blowing In The Wind".

So today's task is to create a haiku, and if you want, a troiku from that haiku, inspired on this wonderful song by Bob Dylan.

Enjoy the music, enjoy the song and I hope it will inspire you all.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 31st at 10:00 PM (CET). You can submit your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: #1836 Daydreaming


 Dear Haijin,visitors and travelers,

Do you sometimes daydream? I certainly do day dream on a regular basis. For example ... A few days ago I daydreamed how it will be to have a special CDHK-day to meet each other in real life. Through the Internet we are connected with each other almost every day. What a joy it would be to meet each other, but I know that will never happen, but  we can meet each other in another way. For example how would it be to once in a say quarter of a year speak to each other through Skype or another way through a chat or podcast. These are just a few examples of my day dreams. Do you daydream?

Today our '8th anniversary' month is halfway and today I have chosen for the prompt daydreaming. I don't think it's especially something you do in summer, but in a way I can understand why Jane has brought this into her saijiki 'A Dictionary of Haiku', her modern kigo (seasonwords) for summer. In summer we live most of the time outside and we have, for sure, lazy days and moments in which we are daydreaming. E.g look at the clouds. Sometimes they look like mysterious landscapes and then our mind goes on a 'flight'. We are adventurers who are discovering new countries, new forms of life and so on. 

mysterious landscapes
rise and unfold before my eyes
worlds of clouds

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah those mysterious and magical worlds unfolding before your eyes in blue sky speckled with clouds. Clouds like landscapes in which mountain-peaks reach for the sun. Fantasy worlds with strange rivers, trees and animals ... all fantastic images. Maybe this is not really daydreaming, but it certainly feels like that.


In her saijiki Jane gives a few examples of haiku themed 'day dreming' . And here are a few of her example-haiku for this modern kigo:

as if alive
the surf rolls a log
on the beach

a trail
to the sea horizon
her vision

© Jane Reichhold

Two beauties as I may say so. Especially the 2nd haiku I like very much. That last 'her vision' is really awesome. It points directly to day dreaming and I like that scene which Jane paints with her words. It will not be easy to 'catch' daydreaming into an all new haiku therefore I have chosen to write my haiku in the 'baransu' style starting with the first line of the above haiku by myself.

mysterious landscapes
hidden behind the thin mist
a rooster crows

© Chèvrefeuille

Do you see my daydream? Isn't it wonderful?

Another one:

eyes wide open
my mind takes a flight with my imagination
a gathering of poets

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … a nice theme I would say … just daydream your response my dear Haijin. It’s up to you now to create a haiku, tanka or other kind of Japanese poetry.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 20th at 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: #1835 caught by the call (Hando)

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you can remember that at the start of CDHK, I had every week a haiku by a special haiku poet. That haiku poet was the hightlight for a month. In December 2013 I had Hando as that special haiku poet and I shared five haiku by him that month. 

I love to reproduce the last of those five haiku here again, just by copying it here again. Every month I created a special logo for those Specials and for Hando it was the following logo:


In this time of year (December 2014) several things are for the last time, and that's also with our Carpe Diem Special of today. Today we have our fifth Special haiku by Hando and it's the last of this month and of this year. 

Here is our last Special haiku by Hando for your inspiration. Write a new haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Hando. Good Luck

caught by the call
of the flowers and mountain, I forget
how steep the path is

© Hando


And here is my attempt to write a whole new haiku inspired on the one by Hando and (I hope) in the same tone and sense and spirit.

the little child
reaches for the water lillies
without seeing the frog

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I love this memory-lane. And ... ofcourse I hope you like it too.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 18th 10:00 PM (CEST). Enjoy! You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: Carpe Diem #1834 sunflowers

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month we are celebrating our 8th anniversary with flash-backs into our rich history. Today I have chosen for a theme we have seen a couple of times here at CDHK, sunflowers.


I love sunflowers, they always give me the feeling of a sunny day, even when it rains. Sunflowers are looking like the sun and that makes that I become always happy of having them in my home.

rain patters against the window
the loneliness disappears as by sunlight -
sunflowers reach for the sky

© Chèvrefeuille

And now ... it's your turn to create a sunflower haiku or tanka (or maybe one of the other Japanese poetry forms).

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 17th 10:00 PM (CEST). Enjoy! You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: Carpe Diem #1833 butterfly

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My apologies for not having published yesterday, I just had a busy day. Today I have a theme for you all to work with. This time I have chosen for a theme, we have seen here often: butterfly.

As you maybe know I am also a partcipant on MLMM, where I host the feature "Heeding Haiku With". This week I created a post on MLMM about "changing" and brought up a nice haiku that I love to share here first:

between the roses
a small cocoon moves on the breeze
awakening a butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille


Butterfly ... to me it means change ... 

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 13th 10:00 PM (CEST). Add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo hereafter.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: Carpe Diem #1832 Narcissus (Daffodils)

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have chosen a prompt from October 2012. Our prompt today is 'Narcissus (suisen)' a late winter kigo, because Narcissus are early Spring (or late winter) flowers.

I have found a few nice haiku written by Buson on Narcissus:

suisenya bijin koubewo itamurashi

Narcissus
and a lovely woman
with a headache

© Buson (1769)


And this one written by Buson in 1777:

suisenya samuki miyakono kokokashiko

Narcissus!
In the chilly capital,
some here, some there

© Buson

And of course there is the story of the youngster Narcissus who only had eyes for himself and was in love with his reflection in the pond.


Narcissus
in love with his reflection
vainglorious guy

© Chèvrefeuille

It was a joy to take you back to this episode of October 2012, our first month in which we created haiku inspired on a theme.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 11th at 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your submissions to our linking widget hidden behind our logo hereafter.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: Carpe Diem #1831 Dolphins

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today our Carpe Diem, seize the day prompt is ‘dolphin’. The dolphin is a wonderful and graceful creature and there are a lot of stories about dolphins and their powers. E.g. dolphins have the power to heal and guide you on your way through life.

A quick-list of symbolic dolphin meaning includes: Playfulness; Transcendence; Gentleness; Harmony; Intelligence; Contentment; Friendship; Community; Resurrection; Generosity and Power.

I had to search for some more meanings and stories about dolphins so I surfed the Internet and came across several websites about the spiritual meaning of animals. All very nice to read, but too much to share here.


Many tales have been told about the magic of dolphins. Their appearance off the shores of Ireland urged the Celts to contemplate an unknown universe – the sea. Those who could not settle to simply cogitate – Celtic seafarers held the dolphin in high regard. It became a symbol of friendship, intelligence, and good luck. Its status of luck was likely related to the fact that the dolphin was most commonly seen on the seas when the weather and waves were calm and fair. The Celts innately understood the intimate relationship between nature and beast. However, did the sight of the lucky dolphin cause fair weather, or was it the weather beckoned the dolphin out of its depths? Regardless, the dolphin is viewed as quite lucky indeed – and this quality combined with it's cleverness and speed in the waters made the dolphin a highly respected among Celtic animals.

mysterious creature
jumps high above the waves
the song of Dolphins

© Chèvrefeuille

Considered the "king of fish" by many ancient cultures, dolphin meaning is closely associated with kingly qualities. Not the dominating kind. Observe the dolphin for any length of time and you know if dolphins ruled the world they would be gracious in their reign. (Source: What's your sign? )

It's really a wonderful, spiritual and graceful creature ... a nice theme I think for today's Carpe Diem.

I have searched for haiku about dolphins on the Internet and found some wonderful haiku about dolphins.

dolphins in blue sea
and happy as each can be -
smiles are trickery!

© Peter S. Quinn (source: Haiku Dolphins in Blue Sea) 

chirping happily
gracefully gliding mammals
dolphins out at play

© Phil Elroy (source: Haiku dolphins out at play)

Enjoy this new Carpe Diem ... be inspired and creative, let the spirit of the dolphin guide you (smiles).

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 10th 2020, 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your link through our logo hereafter.


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #4 rainy days

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I remember that I said that I wouldn't do the weekend-meditations again, but I have given that idea a new thought. I decided to create every Saturday a Carpe Diem Time Challenge for you. That nice feature in which I challenge you to create a haiku or tanka in a short period of time.

For this weekend I have chosen the theme "rainy days". Create a haiku or tanka with that theme within 48 hours. 


left behind in the rain
the bench we shared this summer -
missing your laugh

© Chèvrefeuille

What a sad tone this haiku/senryu has ... but isn't that what rainy days do sometimes with us?

Well ... it's up to you  now. Create a haiku or tanka within 48 hours themed "rainy days". You can add your submission to the linking widget hereafter. Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary October 2020: Carpe Diem 1830 Storm

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the 2nd post of our celebration month. Today I have chosen a theme that fits the season.

It's Autumn and that's the season in which (at least in my country) storms often beat Mother Earth. Trees uprooted, leaves coloring and fall, dancing through the streets and rains and thunderstorms scourge nature. Autumn ... the season known for it's wonderful moon and detachment.

Write a haiku (classical or non-classical) in which the spirit of the prompt/theme is, or use the prompt self, it's all up to you.

Here is a picture to inspire you, this picture is titled: "The Essence of the Way is Detachment"

Here is mine:

detachment
a storm rages through my heart
cleanses my mind

© Chèvrefeuille

It's a bit different than the most of you will think about, but this is my feeling ... that fits the theme and the inspiration the picture gave me.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 7th at 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your submissions through clicking on our logo hereafter.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates its 8th anniversary - Carpe Diem 1829 Introduction to a new month.

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first episode of our 8th anniversary. Carpe Diem Haiku Kai celebrates its 8th anniversary this month. I started CDHK back in 2012, just for fun and to promote haiku, the Japanese poetry form to which I am addicted since 1988.

The goal was to give visitors the possibility to create haiku (and tanka) by giving them a theme or prompt. I remember that I published my first post on the same date as today, so our celebration should start today, but ... well October 1st 2012 ... was the official start of CDHK.


sunbeams
streaming through the leaves
lightening my path

© Chèvrefeuille

Haiku, the shortest poem on Earth, at least as far as I know, caught me back in 1988. I never had heard about it until a fellow student told me about haiku. She gave me a Dutch book about Haiku ... I read that book several times, even that often, that the book is almost falling apart.

young moon
reflects on the pages
a touch of haiku

© Chèvrefeuille



The above image shows you the cover of that Haiku Book I told you about. It's written by the Dutch haiku poet J. van Tooren and is titled "Haiku, een jonge maan" (Haiku, a young moon).
That book was (and still is) my "bible" for haiku, next to the four books by H.G. Blyth, haiku.

Without those books I would never have started with writing haiku. Haiku ... yeah it's my poetry. That love for Haiku was the reason to start CDHK ... I had never thought that CDHK would be still online after 8 years. Awesome!

I don't have a real theme for this episode, but maybe you can write a nice festive haiku or tanka:

a new day rises
the song of birds awakening me
brings joy to my heart

© Chèvrefeuille



Celebrate this month, our 8th anniversary, with us all. Let us create a wonderful festive month ...

cherry blossoms bloom
nature's beautiful celebration -
enjoying the view

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 4th at 10:00 pm (CEST). Celebrate our 8th anniversary. You can add your submission by clicking on our logo hereafter.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Carpe Diem Time Challenge #3 Moorland

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I had some spare time, so I thought I create a little teaser for you. So therefore I choose an episode of our special feature "Carpe Diem Time Challenge", that unique feature in which I challenge you to create a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with a theme within 48 hours. Normally I give you only 24 hours but today's Time Challenge you can respond to within 48 hours.

This Sunday I have chosen a nice theme I think ... "Moorland" ... In this time of year, at least on the Northern Hemisphere the moorlands are in full bloom. I love the moorlands ... it's a joy to roam about the moorlands. I love all those colors, the silence and the vistas ...

wandering
the moorlands
just me

© Chèvrefeuille


Wandering the moorlands ... so relaxing, being one with nature, its beauty and the silence. I can smell the heather, hear the birds sing, touch the fragile flowers of the heather ... all my senses open up again.

ah! the silence
only the birds and me
wandering the moorlands

© Chèvrefeuille

Awesome! 

And now ... it is up to you to create your masterpiece within 48 hours.

This Time Challenge is NOW OPEN and will remain open until September 22nd at noon (CEST). Enjoy! You can add your submission to the linking widget below (click on the CDHK logo).

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Carpe Diem Preview: A taste of Basho's school for haiku, our new feature, soon to come: Hosomi

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I just had to publish a post, just ... because it has been a while. As I told you in our recent CDHK Extra post I will start with a new feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. That new feature is titled "Basho's School at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai".

In this new feature I hope to share the knowledge of Basho, as he taught at his school. I am looking forward to that new feature, and today I love to give you already a "taste" of it.

Hosomi

Poets are often seen as highly sensitive people, people that can hear and see what ordinary people don't hear or see, as if poets have a thin thread bound to the heart of the essence of life, connected with all and everything around them. Poets have the gift to see the most tiny things around them, think for example about that gorgeous haiku by Basho about "Shepherd's Purse":

furu hata ya nazuna hana saku kakine kana

if you look closely
a Sheperd's Purse flowering
underneath the hedge


© Matsuo Basho (1686)


In Basho's School this hyper-sensitivity is called "hosomi". Poets who are enlightened can find that inner spot to become one with their surroundings, one with nature, as if they are becoming part of it. A kind of hyper-sensitivity for that what you cannot see and that's not visible for others.

Part of this "hosomi" we can see in several haiku by classical haiku poets. An example:

a breath of fresh air -
the voice of the pine trees
fills the empty sky

© Ueshima Onitsura (1661-1738) (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

In this beautiful haiku by Onitsura we read, what is called "hosomi" ... "the voice of the pine trees, fills the empty sky". This is what "hosomi" is. 

In Western poetry, "hosomi", is the same like "hyperbole" or "exaggeration". Exaggeration is used already several decates to create haiku with. So let us look at another example, maybe you can see the "hyperbole" or "exaggeration".

is that the murmur of the mist -
that almost imperceptible
there among the birches?

© Mizuhara Shuoshi (1822-1981) (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)


I think this "hosomi", this "hyperbole" is a wonderful technique to use in your haiku (or tanka). The goal for this "taste of Basho's School" is to create a haiku (or tanka) in which you use this "hosomi" or "hyperbole".

Here is my haiku in which I hope you can see this "hosomi", this "hyperbole":

deep silence
I can hear the grass grow -
a new day rises

© Chèvrefeuille, your host.


This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions. You can click on our logo (at the bottom of this episode) to submit your haiku in which you use this "hosomi", this "hyperbole" haiku writing technique.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Carpe Diem Extra - September 17th 2020


 

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for not being present here the last few months. I had hoped to restart after Corona, but we have had another outbreak in the facility were I am working as an oncology nurse. So there was no time to be productive for CDHK.

I hope to restart our CDHK on October 1st 2020, that will be our 8th anniversary month. Eight years ago I started this website to spread the haiku and other Japanese poetry forms and I am glad that CDHK is still here.

Next month as we will celebrate our 8th anniversary all our prompts will be prompts we have had in our rich history.

I will however change a few things. I will only publish on weekdays. So there will not be a weekend-meditation anymore. Ofcourse several special features like "Renga With ..." and the "Tan Renga Wednesday" will be present. I also hope to start a new feature titled "Basho's School of Haiku".

I hope to see you all again here at CDHK and I hope we can continuing with the joy of writing haiku and other Japanese poetry forms.

Our New Logo For October 2020

Hope to see you all again in our anniversary month.

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host