Saturday, June 21, 2014

Carpe Diem #496, Hiking

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is running to it's end and I have to say ... what a joy it is to read all of your wonderful haiku shared here on all those beautiful modern summer kigo based on ''A Dictionary of Haiku'' by Jane Reichhold. It's really a joy to visit you all, but I am aware that I am a bit behind with commenting on all those wonderful entries. So I hope to catch up a.s.a.p. ... forgive me if I haven't commented on your haiku ... it will become ok.

Today our modern summer kigo is hiking and these are the haiku which Jane uses as an example:

hikers rest
at the waterfall
coming down to earth

heavy sweating
the taste of mountain
on a hot day

Credits: Hiking
looking down
the tops of trees
rooted in the canyon

hitch hiker
leaving the no-camping area
his pack all lumpy

Isn't it wonderful to read these haiku by Jane and try to visualize the scene? It's not my kind of sports I must say. I like a good walk, but hiking ... that's something else. At first I thought of hitch-hiking as I read this modern summer kigo, but it turned out to be something else ... well ... maybe that's because I don't understand all English I think. 

looking to the sky
tall trees reaching far above my head
towards the sun

towards the sun
trees reach out in praising Him -
He saw it was good

Credits: Resting At The Top
resting at the top
don't look back, look to the future -
lessons of life

lessons of life
contemplating and meditating
on the mountain's top

© Chèvrefeuille

I had some trouble with writing/composing haiku on hiking, but I think these are doing well. It's just a great way to broaden your sight and ideas, lessons of life caught in three lines ... that's were haiku is meant for.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 24th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, nakedness, later on. To conclude this episode I love to share a haiku on the Summer Solstice, because that's what we have celebrated yesterday/today. It's not a haiku composed by myself, but one of Basho, my haiku-master.

departing spring
along with the people of Omi
missing it

© Basho (1644-1694)

The shortest night gone in an eyeblink ... how sad and how natural ... Have a great summer my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers.
!! I have published our CDHK promptlist for July !!


  1. Am I mistaken, or did Buson look very much like Van Gogh?....Re: the painting on your July prompt page?

    1. Omigosh! I was thinking the same thing Opie!

  2. You are right to choose the mountaintop as a place of meditation - I think it is special there. I think Jane Reichhold is amazing, but somehow wonder if she really showed a passion for hiking in her haiku there.

  3. My first Haiku for Carpe Diem... I hope you like it :)

  4. For someone who is not a hiker, you did very well!! I am not much of a hiker but I do like walking up hills around here ...we have many smaller mountains surrounding the the island, I mean.