Saturday, February 21, 2015

Carpe Diem #672, Summertime

Hello everyone – this is Paloma, helping Chèvrefeuille once again. It has been such an honor to help out at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai while he relaxes and enjoys a much-needed and well-deserved weekend with his family.  Once again, let me say THANK YOU, Chèvrefeuille, for the hard work you put into making Carpe Diem a treasure!

For today, Chèvrefeuille has scheduled a look at “Sumer”.  Since we’re exploring Impressionism this month, I thought it would be a good idea to share an impressionist work from a lesser-known artist.   While surfing link-to-link-to-link at Wikipedia I stumbled across Rihard Jakopič

Rihard Jakopič, Wikimedia.

Rihard Jakopič (1869-1943) was a leading Slovene Impressionist painter and also a patron of the arts.  He helped found the Slovene School of Impressionist Drawing and Painting, which later became the Academy of Fine Arts at University of Ljubljana. 

His “Sonce” (Sun) seems perfect for summer.

Sonce, 1905.

Wow!  This is the heart of Impressionism, is it not?   Here are a few haiku that seemed to match the painting.  Or – at least a few impressions of the painting:

it seems to wash
the summer mountains...

© Issa

A summer river being crossed
how pleasing
with sandals in my hands!

© Buson

Here is my impression:

rising sun
paints her shoulders golden –
summer morning –

golden morning
after a night of thunder -
how silent it is

What summer thoughts come to mind when you look at this painting?


This episode is open for your submissions from February 21st at 7 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 24th at noon (CET).   


  1. What a beautiful post, Paloma - you just made my morning! Your choice of painting and Issa, Buson haiku to go with it is a perfect pairing but your own haiku...exceptional. True art in words!

    1. Thanks Ese :)
      I'm so glad the prompt made you happy --- and the encouragement means a lot :)

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  3. Ditto what Ese said, being a night person, you made my night:) this artist work is stunning and the haiku you chose plus your gems ...a great post, Paloma!!

  4. Paloma, Its forever summer here in the Caribbean, we have 2 seasons WET and DRY in the sun; nice haiku prompt; you re doing a great job

    much love

    1. And here - where we've been buried in snow once again - I envy you that extended summer!!!

      Thanks Gillena --
      All the best to you ---

  5. How nicely ;-) put together Jen.
    My kind of painting, with thick impasto palette knife strokes and such a great collection of assorted haiku to go with it. I'm glad we have a few days left to link.

    1. Will be great to see what you write :)
      So glad you enjoyed the post.