Carpe Diem April 2017 - spring is here (in kigo)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms. Last month we were exploring Persian poetry through the beautiful poems by Rumi, Hafiz and Saadi. It was a wonderful month and I liked creating it for you.

blooming sunflowers
reaching for the early light of the sun -
birds praise their Creator
© Chèvrefeuille
This month we are going back to the roots of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... haiku, that beautiful little poem from Japan. And we not only go back to that nice form, we will also go back to basic, to the roots of haiku. That means for this month ...

all classical kigo (seasonwords) for spring;
following the classical rules of haiku:

# 5-7-5 syllables structure (or 5-7-5-7-7 syllables structure for tanka)
# the use of a kigo, a word that points towards the season in which the haiku (or tanka) was written
          !! all classical kigo used this month I have extracted from the kiyose - collection of season-         words in Japan !! (this list you can find on: kiyose - collection of kigo )
# the use of kireji or cutting words, in western languages similar with interpunction signs
# a deeper spiritual meaning
# No Self, avoid personal or possessive pronouns (I, me, my); it's an experience not how the poet feels about it.
# interchangeability of the first and thrid line

To me this month will be very challenging, because I am not that a fan of the classical way of creating haiku, but of course I will try to do it myself, because I cannot ask it from you if I don't try it myself.

spring season
This month I will alternate of course the special features "Universal Jane" and "Namasté" and I will create a new theme week. This month the theme week is from April 24th until April 27th and the theme will be classical kigo of plants.

And there will be the new Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 that starts on April 15th at 10:00 PM (CET) and will run to May 15th at 10:00 PM (CET). This time I have chosen for the following theme for this Summer Retreat "Unconditional Love" ... I am really looking forward to this new Summer Retreat, that nice period of 30 days creating a haiku or tanka themed with "unconditonal love" every day.

Logo CDHK Summer Retreat 2017 "unconditional love"
Well ... enough "talking", here are the prompts for this month:

3. frist day of spring
4. spring equinox
5. mirage
6. hazy moon
7. "weekend-meditation": Universal Jane
10. unmelted snow
11. burning fields
12. thaw
13. spring wind
14. "weekend-meditation": Namasté
17. shawl
18. white sake
19. parasol
20. cherry blossom
21. "weekend-meditation": Universal Jane
24. theme-week: andromeda flowers
25. theme-week: akebia blossom
26. theme-week: butterbur
27. theme-week: acanthopanax

28. "weekend-meditation": Namasté

I think a nice month is ahead of us. Look at all those beautiful classical kigo ... amazing don't you think so? I am looking forward to this month. Have fun!

everywhere I look
nature is in full bloom -
deep spring

© Chèvrefeuille
To conclude this prompt-list I have already an announcement to make for the next month, May 2017, than I hope to do a new month with Tan Renga, as we had last year, also in May. For that new month I love to use haiku created by you that were published here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. As you all know (and can read at the right side of our Kai) I can use your haiku ... but of course (you know me) I first ask you if I can use your haiku published here. If you don't wish that I use your haiku please let me know.

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Chèvrefeuille, your host

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