Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1703 skinny dipping in the moonlight


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I don't know if this prompt is "to much" for CDHK, because here at CDHK ... nudity isn't something to mention, but I think in our modern time ... skinny dipping in the moonlight ... is an accepted activity in the heat of summer. Or maybe ... I could have chosen to use "nude beach" for today, but I just liked the idea of "skinny dipping in the moonlight". So maybe ... this prompt is really "to much" for you, but ... well sometimes you have to take risks.

Moonlight Swimming (photo© milamaiart) image found on Tumblr
after the heat
skinny dipping with the one I love
she ... the full summer moon


© Chèvrefeuille

I love to challenge you to create your haiku or tanka themed "skinny dipping in the moonlight". It's a nice theme I think, but ... you can (ofcourse) decide to choose another theme in the same sense, like "moonlight swimming" or something.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 22nd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... enjoy the moonlight swim.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Carpe Diem #1702 heat wave troiku



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend with a lot of inspiration, but most ... I hope you all have taken the time to relax like I did. This month our theme is "Summer Love", so all our prompts have to do with summer love ...

Today I have a nice theme for you ... "heat wave". Last year the Dutch summer was one long heat wave, but until today we have had a few hot days, but mostly our Dutch summer is normal for our standards ... maybe we will have a heat wave ... but well we cannot be sure of our Dutch weather.

Today's challenge is to create a Troiku (more on Troiku, you can fund above in the menu) starting from the following haiku:

after the summer heat
raindrops kissing my naked body
Ah! that coolness

© Chèvrefeuille, your host

raindrops kissing my naked body

And now ... it's up to you all my dear Haijin. Create your Troiku full of the heat of summer ... in all it's ways of existence ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 21st at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired!


Friday, July 12, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #93 Carpe Diem's Utopia ... transportation


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 14th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. This weekend I have chosen for a new episode of our "Carpe Diem's Utopia" feature, in which I challenge you to create classical haiku or tanka with a modern theme. This weekend the theme to use is "transportation". Let me first reproduce the introduction to this feature here again.

A Utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect "place" that has been designed so there are no problems.

Utopia focuses on equality in economics, government and justice, though by no means exclusively, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology. According to Lyman Tower Sargent "there are socialist, capitalist, monarchical, democratic, anarchist, ecological, feminist, patriarchal, egalitarian, hierarchical, racist, left-wing, right-wing, reformist, Naturism/Nude Christians, free love, nuclear family, extended family, gay, lesbian and many more utopias [...] Utopianism, some argue, is essential for the improvement of the human condition. But if used wrongly, it becomes dangerous. Utopia has an inherent contradictory nature here." Sargent argues that utopia's nature is inherently contradictory, because societies are not homogenous and have desires which conflict and therefore cannot simultaneously be satisfied. If any two desires cannot be simultaneously satisfied, true utopia cannot be attained because in utopia all desires are satisfied.




It's a dreamworld I think, but it can be of use for our haiku writing skills, because that's the task of this new feature ... creating a utopian (excellent) haiku (or tanka) by using the classical rules as you can find above in the CD Lecture 1.

A nice task from a modern view. The haiku or tanka have to have a modern theme, but has to follow the classical rules.

Here is an example of a "utopian" haiku on "transportation":

cars without a driver
moving towards their arrival point
in deep silence


© Chèvrefeuille, your host

Not a very strong example, but I think you understand the goal.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 14th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 21st at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend full of utopian inspiration.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Carpe Diem #1701 sundown (or sunset) one-bun


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful "Summer Love" month. This month all our prompts are some way or the other themed "Summer Love". Today I have chosen the prompt "sundown" (or sunset). I love the sunset in summer it gives me always the feeling of romance and the night coming full of love and lust.

Today's challenge is to create a so called "one-bun", a form invented by Jim Kacian. The one-bun is an ultra-short haibun which has just one line of prose (including the title) and a (one-line) haiku. I will give an example of this one-bun written by Jim himself.

The second week

traveling by myself I cross the continental divide, and everything that once ran in one way now runs in another, down and down

on the surface of dark water my face

© Jim Kacian

Summer Sundown
Your task today is to create a "one-bun" themed "sundown". Enjoy this challenge.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 18th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on. For now ... have fun!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1700 cooling down


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our 1700th regular episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month it's all about "Summer Love" and today I have chosen for that other part of a hot summer ... cooling down. Here are a few haiku by Basho about this:

delightfulness
cooling one self in a rice paddy
the sound of water

a midday nap
putting the feet against the wall
it feels cool

essential to life
the little space under my hat
enjoying the coolness

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Summer In Japan

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 17th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Carpe Diem #1699 sweating


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time for a new episode in our "summer love" month. We all are familiar with hot summer days. Those days that make you sweat like .... But ofcourse there is also that kind of sweating while having sex with the one you love in a hot summer night. That brings us back to the "summer love".

Today I love to challenge you to create a haiku or tanka in which you describe "making love in a hot summer night" ... and please try to not use the words that are used for that pleasure of love. Try to create a scenen that tells it all, but not very clear. You have to bring it like a mystery or a fantasy.

We all know that Tanka was once meant for the cause of secret love affairs. Haiku wasn't meant for that but we have seen it here often that haiku can be a love poem ... so I would say ... "make love visible without mentioning it.

credits

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


Monday, July 8, 2019

Carpe Diem #1698 Hot Summer Night ... Imagination


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in this "Summer Love" month. This month we are celebrating summer and all that belongs to the time of year. Today I have chosen to challenge you with an Imagination episode. As you all know in an imagination episode I will give you a photo for your inspiration. Ofcourse if you love to use a photo or image made by yourself than that's okay too.

Here is the photo to inspire you. You can choose your own Japanese poetry form this time ... so go for it. Create a Troiku, a haiku, a haibun or other Japanese poetry form inspired on the given (or your own) photo.

Hot Summer Night

A beautiful photo I think to work with. I respect every kind of love, because it's not up to me to disrespect the choices people make.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 15th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!!