Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #85, Soen Nakagawa's "illumined by the moon"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This month our featured haiku-poet is Soen Nakagawa, Roshi in the Rinzai Buddhism-tradition. He has written wonderful haiku, but that isn't wellknown ...
The goal of this CD-Special is to write a new haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the given one of our featured haiku-poet. So I hope that these haiku, which I share this month, all written by Soen Nakagawa will bring you a lot of inspiration ... so let us start with this challenge. Here is the haiku, written by Soen Nakagawa, for your inspiration:

how solemn
each patch of grass
illumined by the moon

(c) Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984)

A wonderful haiku I think in which the Zen Buddhistic mind of Soen Nakagawa is very much present. This haiku brings me a wonderful vision ... the first sultry spring evening, or spring night, the almost full moon at a almost cloudless nightsky illumines the young green leaves and the young grass, it's magical and mysterious ... wonderfull.

This haiku by Soen Nakagawa inspired me to write the following haiku:

the light of full moon
enchants the fragile blossoms
of the cherry tree

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Cherry Blossom in the Moonlight


This special episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 6th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to post our next episode, dreams, later on today.

For now, have fun, be inspired and share your haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Soen Nakagawa with our haiku-community. 


  1. Beautiful haiku, easily matching the original in meaning...and an interesting contrast. These prompts are hard after the pilgrimage!

  2. I am truly inspired, Kristjaan - your haiku is sublime!

  3. Moonlight.. can anything ever be more haiku.. well it has to be the cherry bloom...

  4. And I am enchanted by your haiku. Thanks for continuing to offer us a place to share haiku, Kristjaan.

  5. full moon, cherry blossoms, delighted