Monday, November 3, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #115, Tomas Tranströmer's "The Orchid Blossoms "

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to present to you the first CD-Special of November. As you all know Tomas Tranströmer, a Swedish haiku-poet (and Nobel-prize winner), is our featured haiku poet this month. Tranströmer was brought to my attention by Björn Rudberg and I am glad he did, because Tranströmer has written wonderful haiku, American haiku and haiku-like poetry.
In our Sparkling Stars episode of last Saturday I have already introduced him to you all, so no need for more introduction I think. Let's go and do some haiku-ing.

Credits: Orchids
The orchid blossoms.
Oil tankers are gliding past.
And the moon is full

© Tomas Tranströmer

Isn't it a wonderful haiku? Orchids are so beautiful and fragile ... I like them a lot. There are a lot of Orchid species and that's just a joy. Orchids are a beautiful present of our Creator.
I found a nice haiku by "my master" Matsuo Basho which I love to share here:

ran no ka ya   cho no tusubasa ni   takimono su

orchid fragrance
from the butterfly's wings
scenting the clothes

© Basho

And I love to share my attempt to write a haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Tranströmer.

the cobweb scattered
by the fluttering of wings
a blue butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it's up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers to write your haiku inspired on the one by Tomas Tranströmer. So have fun! This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 6th at noon. I will publish our next episode, a new GW-post, later on.


  1. Enjoyed this somewhat...was difficult at first. Somehow your haiku has the right touch. An oil tanker in a haiku...whatever next!

  2. I have been away a few days.. and I like this.. :-)

  3. Really, really enjoying your haiku here Chevrefeuille -- just beautiful.

  4. I like the different angle that Transtromer writes from. thanks Kristjaan