Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #43 and Carpe Diem Special #142, "taking flight" by Kala Ramesh

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to bring an all new CDHK episode to you. This is, what I call "a double-post", because I have two episodes to write, but I have chosen to bring them both together in one post. Maybe you can recall that I have decided to bring the CDHK-special-features back through these Ghost Writer posts. So today I love to challenge you to write a haibun based on the haiku which I will share here written by Kala Ramesh.

For this haibun I have a few rules, to make it more challenging:

First, you have to use the haiku by Kala Ramesh and second, your haibun may have a maximum of 150 words (including the haiku). It's not gonna be easy I think, so I give you 24 hours more to respond on this "double" episode.

Here is the haiku which you have to use as an inspiration for your haibun, you may use the given haiku in real, but you also may compose another one in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Kala Ramesh.

taking flight -
a butterfly shrugs off
its shadow

© Kala Ramesh

I had a busy day today, so I wasn't inspired enough to share my own haibun inspired on the haiku by Kala, but I hope to share it later.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until April 18th at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, pranayana (breath control), later on.

!! By the way: I am behind with commenting, but I will try to catch up a.s.a.p. In the menu above you can find the e-book about the Haiku Writing Techniques and the e-book "For the sake of the moon" (our first anthology) in a just read version. Enjoy reading. I will chance those "just read" e-books on a regular base !!


  1. Great challenge! I like that title 'Carpe Diem Extreme'! Really fought to get that one together...

  2. I enjoyed this challenge. More importantly it is fascinating reading the different takes on this haiku. Merci, Kristjaan, je te lève mon chapeau :D