Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Celebrates Its 9th Anniversary: #1850 dried grass


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new (a bit belated) episode in our Anniversary month October 2021. I had a busy day, so hadn't time to publish earlier. As I told you yesterday, this month we will "dive" into our (very) rich history to reprise older episodes to inspire you with.

Today I love to share (again / reprise) the first episode of November 2019. Back than we didn't know about Corona and lived our life as we all do in our own way. Maybe it was an episode that looked into the future, because it was an episode inspired on the deadpoem of Matsuo Basho. We all know what Corona did to the world, and still does.

Here is the first haiku for your inspiration, it's the haiku that is seen as Basho's deadpoem, his last poem or Jisei:

tabi ni yande yume wa kareno wo kake meguru

falling sick on a journey
my dream goes wandering
over a field of dried grass

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

A wonderful haiku for your inspiration I would say. Become one with the scene, become Basho as he wrote haiku while laying on his grass mat ... surrounded by his most close followers ... try to imagine the scene ... and create your own haiku.

Here is mine:

a last breath
taken by the wind of Autumn -
leaves dance on

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Saturday October 9th, 10:00 pm (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Celebrates Its 9th Anniversary, October 2021: #1849 Peace Within


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I tried several times to restart Carpe Diem Haiku Kai again, but every time there is something that needs my time more. This time, it were especially private things that needed my attention, but now ... I hope I really can restart CDHK. 

As you all know I started CDHK back in October 2012, so next year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary, I hope to have the possibility to create that nice anniversary. I really wouldn't have thought that CDHK would be here still after almost 10 years, but it is still here.

The last two years it wasn't possible to be very active on CDHK, we all know why, so no need to tell you again about this pandemic.

Today I hope to make a new start and I need that new start so hard. I missed creating CDHK and that made me sad and almost depressed, ofcourse with all those bad things happening at the moment around the world, you (we all) need to be strong. 

Okay ... let's go and celebrate our 9th anniversary. This month we will look back into our rich history and I hope you all will be active and again sharing your most beautiful Japanese poetry.

The above music video is of a song by Karunesh, it is titled "Peace Within" and I think we all need that peace. Here is part of our "Seven Days Before Christmas 2019" to inspire you all to create a new haiku or Tanka, or maybe some other wonderful kind of Japanese poetry.

'The Peace Within' is referring to the balance in your life which brings peace within. To me that's what haiku does. I write haiku since the late eighties and I have grown to a balanced person with a heart full of joy and love. I even think that haiku has a positive influence on my work as an oncology nurse. I am more balanced through haiku and I hope haiku does that also to you all.

gentle breeze
refreshes my troubled mind -
finally peace within
my head completely empty
through the gentle breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

Peace Within ... is what I love to wish you all during this Holiday season and let us hope that the Peace Within will become once also a Peace On Earth. We are enetering a new decade and I hope and pray that everyone and everything on Earth will get that Peace Within.

Your task? Create a new haiku inspired on the music by Karunesh. Enjoy! You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below. This episode is NOW OPEN and will remain open until Friday October 5th 10:00 pm (CEST).

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Carpe Diem #1848 Harvest


Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Golden crops swaying
Sickles flash under the sun
A rewarding year

© Laila S

What a beautiful haiku. I ran into it while I was doing some research for our theme this month, Harvest. As I entered "harvest" as a search option into Google Search, and added haiku to it, there were a lot of haiku about the Harvest Moon (the full moon of September), but not that much about Harvest itself.

Harvesting crops is an activity we see at the life of farmers. It goes back to the ancient times that the harvesting took place at the end of Summer and start of Autumn to have enough to eat during Winter. Harvesting ... yeah it's a busy time for the farmers.

Oat Harvesting

In our "rich" regions, harvesting is done with machines, but in the less rich regions harvesting is done manual and will take a lot of time and hands to do the work.

harvest time
sickles flash in the sunlight -
reciting prayers

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I imagine this scene. How I wish to be part of such a scene, enjoying the sun while harvesting for winter.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 5th at 10:00 pm (cest). You can add your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form to the linking widget hiding in our CDHK logo here below.

Carpe Diem Extra - July 31st 2021 - August 2021 will be our return.


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Again I broke my promise to publish here again. We have another Covid-19 outbreak here, that Delta Mutation, and that gives us healthcare workers a lot of work, but ... I miss creating posts for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, so I am going to give it a try again, notwithstanding the busy times at work.

Next Sunday August will start. Here in The Netherlands we call that month  Harvest Month, so it has to do with the agriculture business here. So I choose the theme "Harvest" for August. I don't have a list of "kigo" for this month, but I will try to give every day (except in the weekends) a post with a connection to our month theme "Harvest".

I created the above logo for this "Harvest" month, August 2021. I will publish our first post for August right now.

Here is one "harvest-haiku" from my archives:

at dawn
farmers harvesting their fields -
overcoming winter

© Chèvrefeuille (2018)

Well ... I hope to see you all again here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and I hope that I can hold my promise this time.


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Carpe Diem #1847 Renga With Jane Reichhold +++ Dancing Lights (Renga: Juunichoo)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well ... I am getting the vibe again and I hope you all will have fun and joy again here at our wonderfull Haiku Kai. Earlier today I published our first episode for July 2021 and I hope to be here every day again, except de weekends.

Today I was reading in one of Jane Reichhold's Poetry Collections and immediately thought "It's Time Again For A Renga With Jane". So I took a dive into her wonderful dictionary of haiku and extracted a nice series of haiku from "Summer", "Celestial". I gathered six (6) beautiful haiku about clouds to challenge you all with.

Renga, or chained poem, is a nice way of collaborate poetry. The goal is to add your six(6) two lined strofes to the given haiku written by Jane through association.

I will give you six(6) haiku, you can decide which haiku you use to start with, the hokku. Remember that the goal of a renga is to create a "closed circle" of haiku, so the ageku (closing verse) has to be related to the first haiku you used.

Here are the six (6) haiku by Jane Reichhold:

beach tent billows
in the summer blue
white clouds

desert sounds
out of the sun's way
clouds moving

morning downpour
raised to new heights
afternoon clouds

dancing lights
clouds sprinkle the sun
across water

colored by open wall
a driftwood lair

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

By adding your two-lined strofes you create a so called "Juunichoo", a 12 verse renga.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 9th at 10:00 pm (CEST). You can add your Juunichoo, your Renga with Jane, to the linking widget hidden in our logo below. Enjoy!

Carpe Diem #1846 Trying to restart again


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Haiku Kai. This time I hope really to restart our Haiku Kai by posting on weekdays.

For this episode I have chosen the title "Trying To Restart Again" and I really hope it will be that way. Restarting is something we all know or have had experiences with I think. For example: After the bankrupcy of the hospital were I was working I had to restart at a new facility of healthcare. It took some time to adjust to that new workplace, but now (2,5 years further) I have adjusted and I even could change several things in the policy of the facility.

Or ... after the death of my mom I had to adjust to a new kind of living. That took more of my time, because I am the only one left now of my family, say "an orphan" now. Ofcourse I have my own family together with my wife and children, but the family in which I grew up isn't no longer there.

Two examples of restarting your life. That's the idea behind this theme for today's episode.

a new day rises
birds praising their Creator -
the cry of a baby

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 9th at 10:00 pm (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Carpe Diem #1845 Troiku Challenge: Summertime


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry it didn't go very well. I had hoped to post every day again, but don't have time enough. So today I decided to create you a new Troiku Challenge. More about Troiku you can find in the menu above.

I have chosen the theme Summertime for this Troiku Challenge, because here in The Netherlands we have a very warm, say hot, time with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius, so yes it is Summertime here.

Summertime: Sun bathing, warm weather, heatwave, beaches and more to associate with Summertime. But for this episode it's just a haiku written by me, your host, to work with.

at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

© Chèvrefeuille

The shortest night will be this weekend, than summer really starts on the Northern Hemisphere.

I think this haiku is great to create a Troiku with. Enjoy my dear Haijin.

This Troiku Challenge will be open until June 23rd 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget below, hidden in our logo.