Saturday, November 15, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #117, Tomas Tranströmer's 3rd "a mother of stone"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you all know I have changed a few things here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. No more extra features on their own, but caught in our regular (or in the Special) episodes. So for this new CD-Special, a haiku by our featured haiku-poet Tomas Tranströmer, I have chosen for the following "former extra feature" "Romancing the haiku", in which the goal was to write a "romantic" haiku ... So next to the goal of our Specials, writing in the same spirit as the featured haiku-poet, you have to write a "romantic" haiku.

I have found a few wonderful haiku written by Tranströmer while he worked in Hällby Youth Prison (1959). He published nine haiku in that time he was working at that juvenile prison.

Night—a twelve-wheeler
goes by making the dreams of
the inmates shiver

The boy drinks his milk
and sleeps cozy in his cell,
a mother of stone

© Tomas Tranströmer

Juvenile prison ... not really a romantic place I think, but in these both haiku you can hear somewhat like romance. What are the dreams of inmates? How much do they love their mother, father, sister or brother?
There must be something of romance inside prison.

ten p.m. - lights go out
the inmates dream their dreams -
a heart on the beach

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... I think I have caught the romance of being inside of prison. Let me try another one ...

Credits: Shower
taking a shower
furtive glances exchanged
between cell mates

© Chèvrefeuille

Maybe ... to much romance, but I think there will be a kind of love in prison in the positive way of course.

Well ... I hope you did like this episode and I hope it will inspire you all to write an all new haiku in the spirit of Tranströmer and with a touch of romance. Have fun!

This CD-Special is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 pm (CET) and will remain open until November 18th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, guardian angel, later on.


  1. Two beautiful and avant-garde haiku from you there, Mr Chevrefeuille - difficult, but good choice of topic.

  2. This will be quite a challenge --- but, your haiku response is wonderful.

  3. I love the 2nd one by Tomas Tranströmer. Didn't know he wrote Haikus :)