Sunday, November 25, 2012

Carpe Diem #54, love

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are in the last week of Carpe Diem's November Month. Still have five days to go and than our new month of daily haiku writing will start. I have already posted the prompts for December. December will be a tough Carpe Diem month, because I have chosen classical winter kigo (seasonwords) for the prompts. Also at the end of this month I will grant one of our contributors with the Carpe Diem November Award for the most valuable Haijin. I will re-read all of your posts and than I will grant one of you with this award.

The New Carpe Diem Award for November

OK ... back to our prompt for today. Today it's all about love. Share your creativity with Carpe Diem on this prompt.

A haiku written by Issa (our haiku master for November):

squeezing in next
to my lover ...
quilt-covered brazier

With this one came a prescript 'Lovers'. In Romanji the haiku is written as follows:

omou hito no soba e warikomu kotatsu kana

Gabi Greve (a well known name in Haiku) says about this one:

'To sit near a person you love in a kotatsu (a quilt-covered brazier) is quite a different thing than sitting beside a fireplace. Nobody can see your legs in the dark, and we often call it 'playing footsies'.

playing footsies
in a dark corner of the bar
that's real love

together on the bench
our legs covered with a quilt
feet on a chafing dish

Credits: chafing dish

This Chafing Dish has a section underneath to place a ceramic or metal container filled with hot charcoal. It was used to set your feet on and warm them. The 'quilt-covered brazier' is very much the same as this Chafing Dish (or 'stoof' in Dutch).

This prompt will stay on 'till November 27th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new prompt 'sadness' around 10.00 PM (CET).

Have fun, be inspired, be creative and compose your wonderful haiku for today's prompt on Carpe Diem.


  1. Wonderful to sit and play footsies on a warm cushion. Really something I want to indulge in on a cold November night.

  2. Obviously Issa was in love with his brazier! (Not a bad lover on a cold night!)

  3. Nice prompt! I loved the idea of playing footsie but what came to mind first was someone's cold feet. Hmm..that did not lend itself to a prompt about warm love.

  4. Lovely haiku about romantic love ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ on Blogger ^_^

  5. wonderfully romantic and full of love.....good one - playing footsies - we've all done that!

  6. Enjoyed reading here - I'll join you tomorrow.

  7. Tough one for me...but made it finally !