Monday, June 7, 2021

Carpe Diem #1844 Returning Back To Normal (I Hope)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Long time no see. yes I know the Covid pandemic made me decide to set our wonderful Haiku Kai on hold, but now ... 

Here in The Netherlands slowly we return to a normal life. Covid seems to be going away slowly and finally we can go to a pub or restaurant again. 

It has been a strange time and a tough time for me (and a lot of other healthcare workers), but now I think I can create our Haiku Kai again and I hope you all will be with me again.

Today, June 7th, I hope to start again with my daily posts, except the weekends. No special theme this month just trying to bring back the happiness of creating Haiku. So today ... we are going on a quest for a (new) Masterpiece.

Maybe you remember this feature, maybe not, but the goal is to create an all (new) Masterpiece, as for ecxample that world famous haiku by Matsuo Basho, the frogpond.

Today I love to share the above haiku with you all to inspire you. I think it fits our theme for today "Returning Back To Normal". Isn't that the goal of a pilgrimage? To find your way back to your Inner Self?

Enjoy the quest for a new masterpiece!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 12th 10:00 PM (CEST). Have fun! Add your link to the linking widget below in our Logo.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Carpe Diem #1843 Troiku Challenge 1: Mist Clouds

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but that had to do with being very busy in health and because of circumstances in my family. Now I am trying to "re-start" our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like Japanese Poetry forms such as Haiku and Tanka.

To "restart" I have chosen to first publish only once a week. Mostly that will be on Wednesday, but it can be that I post on another day.

As you noticed ... today I introduce to you all a new feature titled "Carpe Diem Troiku Challenge". As you all know several years ago I invented this new creative way of writing haiku. Troiku comes from two words "troika" and "haiku".

The Troika is a Russian sledge pulled by three horses and a haiku has three lines. The goal is to create a Troiku, that means you have to create a new haiku with every separated line of the haiku. So you start with a haiku as the "sledge", with every line you create a new haiku, that means three haiku "the horses". More about this creative way of haiku-ing you can find above in the menu.

For this first episode of our new feature Carpe Diem Troiku Challenge I will give you a haiku to work with. In other words "I give you the sledge" and you have to create the "horses". I have chosen a beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold.

roaring down the beach
at the height of winter waves
mist clouds

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Your task is: Create a Troiku with this haiku ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Tuesday February 9th at 10:00 PM (CET). Have fun!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Extra 2021 January 14th


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted in here. It's a very strange time for me. First there is the Covid pandemic. As you all know I am a nurse, so this time is very busy for us workers in healthcare. Than I have to tell you a sad experience I recently have had.

As you (maybe) know my mom lives in a nursing home for the eldery people, because she suffers from dementia. Back in December 2019 I had to make that choice. Fortunately my mom could come to the nursing home were I work myself as a head nurse.

 My mom (1930-2021)

Unfortunately my mom got Covid and on January 5th she died. Today (January 14th) we had her funeral. It's sad, but I cherish and carress all the beautiful memories my mom and I have made. My mom was 90 yrs and now she is reunited with my dad, who died back in 2016.

sweet perfume
memories of a loved one
Jasmine blossom

© Yozakura 

With this haiku written by Yozakura I end this Extra episode. 

You all will understand that I will not be online often. Not only because of my work, but also because of trying to cope with the loss of my mom.


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Carpe Diem #1842 End Of Year


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

The year 2020 is almost over. What a year it was. The pandemic, corona, and the tough times healthcare had (and still has). Even here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, we have had our lockdown and, how sorry I am for it, we still have that lockdown here at CDHK.

As you all know I am an oncology nurse and covid-19 takes all my energy and now it is even more worse, because my Mom has Covid-19 too. She is almost 91 and I am worried about her. As you (maybe) know, my Mom lives in a nursing home for the elderly, because of her dementia, and she lives in the nursing home were I am working myself.

In our nursing home we have a very big covid-19 outbreak and that makes that I really don't know how and when I can start posting our daily posts again.

It makes me sad, but ... well it is out of my hands, I cannot control what is happening at the moment in the world and in my personal life.

If I look back ... than 2020 is a year we will always remember as the "corona-year" and as I look at myself, 2020 will be a year full of loss. At the nursing home we have lost a lot of our patients to Covid-19 and a lot of my co-workers, are suffering of Covid-19 too. We just have to do our work with almost one third less co-workers. So it is tough, very tough.

I really hope that 2021 will be a year in which we all can return to a (more) normal life without Covid-19. I really hope that you all, my dear Haijin, are okay and in good health. Take care my dear Haijin ... take care.

I wish you all a wonderful new year and I hope that 2021 will bring us joy again.

In classical Japan (following the Lunar calender) there was a fifth season ''New Year", and this season was from approximately 20 december 'til 20 January. I have a few haiku which have been written for this season:

the Great Morning:
winds of long ago
blow through the pine trees

© Onitsura

The Great Morning is the morning of New Year's Day.

for this New Year's Day
the sight we gaze upon shall be
Mount Fuji

© Sokan

And a last one:

the first sunrise
there is a cloud
like a cloud in a picture

© Shusai

All wonderful haiku on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

And here are a few haiku by Issa and Basho:

my shadow too
in good health...
"Happy New Year!"

New Year's gift of tea--
where did you go
on your journey back to me?

© Issa

Both are wonderful "new year" haiku. Let me look at a few haiku by Basho on New Year:

has spring already come?
I feel wealthy this New Year
with five sho of old rice

New Year's Day
I feel lonely just like
an autumn evening

And what do you think of this one by Yozakura, the Wandering Spirit?

nothing changes
every day will be the same
this new year

A wonderful series of haiku about New Year's Eve of New Year's Day. Let those haiku inspire you:

after New Year's Eve
life hasn't changed a bit -
another year gone

listen! listen!
the sweet silence
the day after

New Year's Eve
fireworks enlightens the sky -
bad ghosts flee

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you enjoyed this episode of our Haiku Kai. And I hope you are inspired to create your own haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 7th at 10:00 PM (CET). Enjoy your New Year's Eve and I hope that 2021 will bring us more joy ...
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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Carpe Diem #1841 Just a special challenge


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this special challenge here on CDHK. You all have noticed that posting is less in here, it has to do with covid (again). It's again a very busy time for me as a nurse, so I just don't have time to post regular.

Today I have a nice challenge for you all. I love to challenge you all to create a "double Troiku" with the following haiku:

mysterious landscapes
rise and unfold before my eyes
worlds of clouds

© Chèvrefeuille

Maybe you remember this haiku, I shared it earlier in here. What is the goal? You all know what a Troiku is, and if not, you can find it above in the menu.
The result of a Troiku is three new haiku starting with the separarted lines of the given haiku. A "double troiku" is the same, but you have to create three new haiku from the first three haiku you created from the given haiku. So it's a tough challenge. 

First create a Troiku, three new haiku. Than the "double" ... create three new haiku with the separated lines of the first three new haiku. I hope you will understand what I mean. The end result is that you have created 12 new haiku sprouting from the first given haiku.

Well ... not an easy challenge I think, but ... you all can do it.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 15th at 10:00 PM (CET). You can add your submissions to the linking widget hidden in our logo below. Have fun!

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.