Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Carpe Diem #598, Large Pink (Nadeshiko) or Carnation, one of the Seven Sacred Autumn Flowers

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What an awesome posts we have had the last few days. The first Tranströmer special and that nice GW-post about Edgar Allan Poe ... and you all are very inspired to write haiku in response of those posts. Thank you all for your participation and contributions. That's what makes Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
In our last "Just Read" episode I published an article written by Fay Aoyagi of Blue Willow Haiku World about "Moon in the Haiku Tradition". You all could respond on that article by submitting a haiku about "moon". I was really surprised to read all of your wonderful "moon"-haiku and I decided to make an anthology of "moon"-haiku which I gave the title "for the sake of the moon". I hope you all like that idea and I hope that I can  and may use your haiku on "moon" for that anthology. I love to make that anthology available next December as an ebook here on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Please let me know if it's ok that I use your haiku (of course credited).

Ok ... back to our episode of today. Today I love to introduce another one of the Seven Sacred Autumn Flowers to you all. The "sacred flower" this time is the Large Pink (Nadeshiko) or Carnation and I have found a few wonderful haiku written by Issa, Shiki and Narayanan Raghunathan (co-founder of Wonder Haiku Worlds) about Nadeshiko or Large Pink:

nadeshiko ya jizô bosatsu no ato saki ni

blooming pinks
behind and in front
of Saint Jizo

nadeshiko ya hitotsu saite wa tsuyu no tame

one is blooming
thanks to the dew

© Kobayashi Issa

hagi kikyo nadeshiko nando moe ni-keri

bush clover, bellflowers
and also pinks
have sprouted

© Masaoka Shiki

cool dawn --
the nadeshiko field
sways in breeze

© Narayanan Raghunathan (co-founder of Wonder Haiku Worlds)

Credits: Large Pink or Nadeshiko
It looks so fragile ... and I think it's a fragile flower. In the Western world we call this flower Carnation and there are over 300 different species of this wonderful flower. In my country (The Netherlands) we see very often Carnations in mourning bouquets, that's one of the reasons why my wife don't want to get Carnations for her birthday or another festive day.

on this grave
next to a little teddy bear
purple carnations

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this episode and I hope it will inspire your to write an all new haiku. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 8th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, Yellow Valerian, later on. For now ... have fun! By the way I am behind with commenting hope to catch up a.s.a.p.


  1. Feel free to use any of my poems in your anthologies.....When I post them on the web, they are free spirits.....opie

  2. What a wonderful idea about the moon haiku!

  3. I think I have written quite a few moon-haiku.. I will send you the links.. :-) For me carnations are the one you put on you lapel :-)

  4. Please feel free to use anything I ever post in response to your prompts, Kristjaan. And I would love to read this moon haiku e-book. The blog seems like it just gets better lately--thank you!!

  5. You may use my work if you credit it.

  6. Yes, you may use

    a light
    at the end of the road
    awaiting moon

    as it has not been submitted for publication anywhere else. If there are other moon 'ku you have in mind let me know because some of them may be submitted for consideration elsewhere and it gets messy with copyright issues. Some journal publications don't care if it's posted on a blog or Facebook but will not consider it if it's been selected by an editor for publication and "For the Sake of the moon" will be a publication created by an editor (you).

    Sorry to be difficult. I love the title "For the sake of the moon" it's lovely and I adore moon 'ku so I'am thrilled to get an opportunity to be a part of it.

  7. Hello Kristjaan --

    What a wonderful idea! Yes, you have permission to include anything I've submitted via CDHK.

    And for the record, I can sympathize with your wife's not liking carnations all that much -- for the very same reason!

    Your teddy bear / carnation haiku is so moving -- makes me think of little Elenora - who has the lamb gravestone in the nearby cemetery. Teddy bears and toys in a cemetery -- they break my heart.

    Great post Kristjaan --

  8. You have my permission as well! :)

  9. A beautiful idea, feel free to use my haiku.

  10. Since I'm trying to publish my own book of haiku, I would prefer NOT to be included in the anthology. Thank you.

    1. No problem Mark ... i hope you will be published

  11. This one I like myself

    the returning moon
    bleeds its silver in the sea -
    my silent footfall

  12. I started writing haiku purely in response to the prompts, so I'm happy to have any included in an anthology of yours. Although my moon haiku was deliberately quite prosaic, I'm afraid :)

    1. So, since that first moon haiku was slightly plain, maybe this one is preferable?