Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Carpe Diem #301, Meigetsu (Harvest Moon, the full moon of September)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Thank you all for your nice comments on our 300th prompt of Carpe Diem. You all are my energy to go on with this daily haiku meme. I am glad that you all are so loyal to Carpe Diem and that makes me feel a lucky man and you all make me enjoy the preparation of this every day writings. I am honored that you all are such wonderful people who make Carpe Diem a lovely community, family of haiku lovers and haiku poets. It makes me proud to be your host and humble that I may be your host here at Carpe Diem.

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Yesterday our prompt was about "Matsuyoi (waiting evening)" or "Little full moon" and today Meigetsu (Harvest Moon, the full moon of September) is a kind of follow up.
Here in The Netherlands the almost full moon, "the little full moon", was behind a thick veil of clouds, but sometimes she, the almost full moon, peeped through the clouds and granted us a look at her almost full face. It was a miracle and a mystery that while she was giving us a glimpse of her beautiful face a shooting star was seen just benaeath her. Really the gods celebrated her wonderful face and honored her with a shooting star. Or maybe it was just a way of celebrating our 300th prompt .... I don't know, but it inspired me to write this new episode of Carpe Diem, the 301st prompt.

Credits: Harvest Moon

As I look back I see wonderful haiku in respons on all those nice prompts and that makes me feel like I am in the Seventh Heaven. Awesome.
And there is still a lot to come. For example: November will be our first Tan Renga month. I will challenge you all with an everyday Tan Renga to complete. I love to use haiku written by you all my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers for that month. So if you would like to contribute one or two haiku written by you for that new November month of Carpe Diem ... please share them in the comment field of this episode or you can e-mail me by clicking on the caption underneath my photo above. Hope to see a lot of your haiku for that Tan Renga month. The Specials for November will be haiku from one of the classical haiku poets which I adore ... which one? You will see .... !! By the way I have published our anniversary list of prompts !!

one shooting star
beneath the full Harvest moon -
a sign of the gods?

the Harvest moon
hides her face behind the clouds
and then ... a sneak preview

full moon celebration
colorful leaves dancing
in her bright light

another day has gone -
longing for the next full moon
sound of a windchime

I hope that you all liked this episode and I am looking forward to all your wonderful responses on this prompt. So have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all.
This prompt will stay on 'till September 20th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode, Nowaki (windstorm), I will post later on today around 7.00 PM (CET) I hope ....
!! Meigetsu is open for your submissions at 7.00 PM (CET) !!


  1. Wonderful set you have today Kristjaan.. very inspiring... and challenging smiles :-)

  2. Superb set - a real mood and atmosphere, but your page itself, again,has become an experience. These pages will become legendary as Carpe Diem blossoms.

  3. Beautiful series of haiku, Kristjaan. The windchime...I can hear it and it makes me smile.

  4. Always fun to get a sneak preview! Sometimes better than the main event! I love these kigo prompts!

  5. Beautiful set of haiku, Kristjaan. Lovely images created by your words. It is always a delight reading your creations.

  6. Wonderful haiku set today. You have my permission to use any of my haiku you wish for the Tan Renga series. If I were to pick, I might suggest and . The second one would be especially fun because I know we're a witty bunch and it would be delightful to see how our group completes the humorous haiku.

  7. Kristjaan, I'm not seeing where you said to post about the Tan Renga, but I'd be honored if you used my harvest moon haiku. You asked on my blog. You don't need to publish this comment. Just wanted to let you know.

  8. I love this lesson. And I made it in time to post.

    My laptop crashed... it is old and well used...someone at the computer room fixed it the best he could...and a friend gave me her old laptop...
    but it has Vista and not Windows...having trouble navigating the system so am working between the two.
    and my WiF went out...thunderstorm with power outage...! Have been reading the posts even when I can't post due to technical problems ☺
    I can't always "like" or comment ... but do try.
    Hope I am back on track now.


  9. Your today's set of haiku is a masterpiece, Kristjaan.

  10. PS
    Third edition of the Polish International Haiku Competition:
    Winners: 2011 Cynthia Rowe, 2012 Roberta Beary
    Judges: 2011 Jane Reichhold, 2012 Jim Kacian, 2013 George Swede

  11. Happy 300! This site is pure joy. Thank you.
    Your haiku for today is so lovely. I love that last one, maybe because I can hear it.

  12. I got in late but thanks for the memories of times shared under Harvest Moon