Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Carpe Diem #1814 lost love


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month it's all about Love in all its wonderful forms. Today however I have chosen for a prompt that's not that wonderful ... or maybe even a "lost love" can be wonderful.

Our prompt for today is "Lost Love".


Lost Love

rainy day
tears become one with puddles
new moon


© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 26th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Wednesday #14 Wisteria Beans


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our special feature Tan Renga Wednesday, that wonderful feature in which I challenge you to complete a Tan Renga by adding your two-lined stanza to a given haiku.

During lack of time I will give you only the haiku to work with. This week I have chosen a haiku by Basho:

wisteria beans
let's make that a theme for haikai
a flower fruit 

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Well ... a nice one I think to work with.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 25th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Carpe Diem #1813 Love At First Sight


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First my apologies for being late with publishing our new regular episode. I hadn't time enough to create it. Because of that I will just give you the theme for today (Tuesday February 18th). As you all know this month our theme is ... Love ... so for today I have chosen that wonderful and exciting experience ... Love At First Sight. I know what I am talking about, because my wife and I fell in love at first sight ...

one heartbeat
her wonderful smile
a blanket of love


© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 24th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Carpe Diem #1812 The Day After Valentine's Day ...



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Love Month here at CDHK. Last Friday it was Valentine's Day and today I have chosen a nice theme ... The Day After Valentine's Day ... Ofcourse that was last Saturday, February 15th, but as you all know we have our weekend meditation nowadays in the weekends.

This haiku is about Valentine's day or more the day after. As you maybe know Saint Valentine's Day is on February 14th and is a holiday in almost the whole world, also in Russia. Here is a special haiku by Alexey Andreyev for your inspiration to write an all new haiku in the same sense, tone and Spirit as the one given.

Russian Icon of St. Valentine

To stay in touch with our Love theme I have used the above Icon.

РПУМЕ чБМЕОФЙОПЧБ ДОС -
ЛТБУОЩЕ МЕРЕУФЛЙ ОБ РПМХ, Й
НЕФМБ Ч ХЗМХ
                      
day after Valentine's -
red petals on the floor, and
a broom in the corner

© Alexey Andreyev

A wonderful haiku I think. As I read this haiku I thought "what happened here?" Did the young lovers have a quarrel? Or is the scene more metaphorical? Tells this haiku that the love is over after a long time? Why didn't they sweep the floor? All that kind of questions came in my mind. And with those thoughts I wrote my own haiku inspired on the one by Alexey. I even have tried to write this haiku in the classical way.

petals of roses
scattered through the living room
a ring on the table

© Chèvrefeuille

petals of roses

A sad haiku ... but that sadness is also part of haiku. Haiku is a great medium to share your emotions caught is a few lines. This also is part of Love ... breaking up.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 23rd at noon (CET). Have fun!


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #116 Renga With ... waiting for the full moon


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday February 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Weekend Meditation episode. This weekend I love to challenge you to create a Renga With ... That beautiful feature in which you have the opportunity to create haiku with known and unknown haiku masters.

This weekend I love to challenge you to create a renga with the so called "big five" (Basho, Issa, Buson, Chiyo-Ni and Shiki). And, how immodest, one of my own haiku.

Here are the six haiku to work with:

the autumn wind:
thickets and fields also,
Fuha Barrier

© Basho

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly's dream

© Chiyo-Ni



the thunderstorm having cleared up
the evening sun shines on a tree
where a cicada is chirping 

© Shiki

simply trust:
do not also the petals flutter down,
just like that?

© Issa

in nooks and corners
cold remains:
flowers of the plum

© Buson



ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands -
waiting for the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

Six nice haiku I think. Now it's up to you to create a renga with them by adding your two-lined stanza of approx. 7-7 syllables. You can choose your own "line-up". Enjoy this Renga challenge and have a wonderful weekend.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday, February 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 23rd at noon (CET). Enjoy!


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Carpe Diem #1811 Valentine's Day ...


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Valentine's day, a day to send cards to secret lovers or give gifts to the one you love. But ... who was Valentine? I did some research on Valentine.

Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is a holiday observed on February
14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").



Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is the name of several (14 in all ) martyred saints of ancient Rome. The name "Valentine", derived from valens(worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity. Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14, nothing is known except his name and that he was buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, he was born on April 16. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or more saints of the same name. For this reason this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969. But "Martyr Valentinus the Presbyter and those with him at Rome" remains in the list of saints proposed for veneration by all Catholics

Well ... now I know a little bit more of Saint Valentine's Day. Now I can write a few new haiku for today's haiku challenge :-)

behind the clouds
the mysterious moon
'be my Valentine'

Valentine's Day
the postmen brings love cards
someone unknown




newly weds
eating oysters
under the plum tree

her lovely face
smiling at me in the mirror
'love you forever'

newly weds
under the blooming cherries
Ah! how lovely

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you all will have a secret lover that sends you flowers or cards on Valentine's Day.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 20th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Carpe Diem #1810 rainbow


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This month it's "Love Month" and that my friends means all our prompts have to do with love. Today I have chosen the prompt "rainbow" and as you all know the "rainbow-flag" is for all kinds of love, not only the love between man and woman, but also the love between two man, two women, transgenders and bisexuals. Isn't it a joy to see that in the most countries around the world you can be gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. Ofcourse there are countries were it isn't possible to have a relation with a man if you are a man, or two women in a love relation. That makes me sad.

Isn't it the most intense emotion we all know ... LOVE?




Awesome to see this flag wave against the blue sky ... colorful ... as is life, as is nature, as is love.

against the blue sky
Gods Love waves at us
shining rainbow


© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 19th at noon (CET). Have fun!