Monday, June 9, 2014

Carpe Diem #488, Breeze

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

!! This episode is earlier than planned, because I am in the nightshift !!

After a few different posts here at CDHK (the CD Special and the first episode of our new feature "Analyze That Haiku") it's time to go back to our exploration of Jane Reichhold's Saijiki "An Dictionary of Haiku". This month all our prompts are modern kigo (seasonwords) for summer and today our prompt is Breeze. A nice prompt I think and I am looking forward to your wonderful responses on this one.

As I do in every (regular) episode I will first share a haiku by Jane which she used as an example of the kigo.

coming to sea cliffs
the off-shore breeze raises
a flower fragrance

© Jane Reichhold

Credits: Summer Breeze
What can I do with this summer kigo? Let me think about it for a while ... as I look outside of the window I only can see the shadows of branches moving in a soft summer breeze which cools down the heat of the day in this night (I am in the nightshift). A nice warm summer day which I missed because I had to sleep ... what to do with that idea ... yesterday (sunday) it was Pentecost, a very holy day for all Christians. Pentecost celebrates the effusion of the Holy Spirit which was the start of the first Christian community ... Jesus' disciples started to talk in all different tongues ... So maybe I can do something with that also in my response on this modern kigo breeze ...
What can I do more with this kigo? Maybe I will try to catch the feeling of the breeze in my haiku, or the sight of it as it caressess Mother Nature ...

the rustling of leaves
through the cool summer night -
spirits moving

© Chèvrefeuille

As you can read I have tried to bring all my thoughts in this haiku and I think I have done it in a nice way. I know it's an immodest thought, but I am proud on this haiku ... I hope you like this haiku as much as I appreciated to compose it.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 12th at noon (CET). Our next episode is our 2nd Ghost-Writer post this month and our Ghost-Writer will be Managua Gunn. I will try to post it later on today. For now, have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at CDHK.


  1. balmy breeze -
    whiff of mangoes
    from the kitchen

    © Archana Kapoor Nagpal

  2. I have been out travelling.. so I took a small break. But modern kigo I cannot live without.. I love the word breeze.. whisper .. and spirits moving... lovely take Kristjaan

  3. I can feel the delightful summer breeze and the spirits around me ~ Glad to be back and feeling better ~ thanks ~ Happy Week to you ~ xoxo ~ namaste

  4. Had a delightful day at a festival yesterday. We watched the children in the breeze.

  5. I'm late on this one! Mine is up at: