Saturday, November 2, 2013

Carpe Diem's Kamishibai #7, Spring/New Life

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time for a new episode of Carpe Diem's Kamishibai, or our haibun feature. The goal is to write a haibun about a given theme with a few rules. A haibun is prose and poetry intwined. This month, this episode closes at December 1st 11.59 AM (CET), I love to challenge you to write a haibun with the theme SPRING / NEW LIFE, but there are a few "rules":

1st : You have to use the next five words: flowers; full moon; celebrating; winter and breeze

2nd : Maximum 500 words;

3rd : At least two new haiku, senryu, tanka or kyoka.

Well ... it's a challenge I think, but it's also fun ... so have fun, be inspired and share your haibun with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Here is my haibun on Spring / New Life:

New Life

It's early in the morning of March 21, the start of Spring. I love this morning. Its every year a great day to me. Celebrating Spring ... the young green leaves start to bloom and all those blossoming trees. Birds chanting and lambs in the field. Spring ... the beginning of the light part of the year.
After the dark time of autumn and winter finally the light has come back. Today the sun is shining bright when I come out of my bed. "Yes", I think ... finally I can go out sitting in the sun. I have a nice garden with lovely trees and bushes and when it's a sunny day I go out. Love to feel the sun on my skin. "At last. Spring is there. I go out with the kids playing in the park and do some fishing in the pond. I smell the blooming flowers, narcissus, crocus, clover, the cherry and plum blossoms. Awesome! This is my time of the year.

Spring ... the season of new life, new beginnings and young animals and birds. It's also my season to write haiku. I have written a lot of Spring haiku mostly about the blossoming trees of Cherry and Plum. Today it's the first day of Spring a light breeze caresses my hair and my body. Mm ... feels great ... love that feeling.

young cherry trees -
the spring breeze caresses
the fragile blossoms

At night I see the hazy moon. Mysterious hidden behind the clouds. She, the moon, is still a bit shy on this first night of Spring, but then ... she is no longer hiding ... the clouds fall apart and then ... her lovely face ... the full moon of March. What a sight! Neo Pagans calling her "death moon", Chinese calling her "Sleepy moon" and the ancient Celtic name of her is "Moon of Winds". Isn't it great all those names for her ... the moon ... our natural satellite?

moon of winds
showing her face through the clouds
what a mysterious sight

finally Spring
green leaves open carefully -
the Death Moon

"Death Moon" strange name for the moon of March. March the month of Spring, new life sprouting, cherry blossoms bloom and then she, our lovely moon, called "Death Moon". It's for sure a strange name and I am not sure what it means, but it makes some contrast with the new life, the new beginning, the starting of the light part of year. Maybe "Death" stands for ending the dark part of the year or ... I don't really know. Spring brings joy and happiness. Spring ... that's my season.


cherry blossoms bloom
such a fragile beauty -
the Spring breeze

Well I hope you liked the read and I hope it inspired you to write your own haibun on Spring / New Life. This Kamishibai episode will be open for your submissions until December 1st 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post a new episode around that day. Enjoy the fun, feel free and let the inspiration flow.


  1. Great feature - it's interesting to write about Spring now. Your haibun was a breeze itself, with that wonderfully tactile first haiku, and the others that flowed naturally. Interesting about the Death Moon. It is true that in early Spring the environment looks bare, I don't know.

  2. I was in the mood for a challenge and this was perfect, thanks. I loved reading your spring reflections as well.

  3. I enjoyed this and felt that you opened a sunny window for us to peer into. I'm going to miss the sun as the cold days start

  4. First haibun posted. Procrastination was tempting, but decided to give it a go.
    Can only improve in the future !☺ Thank you for the challenge.