Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Carpe Diem #790 The Great Pyramid of Giza

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this: You cannot register anymore for our first Renga Party. I will start with preparing the list of participants in this Renga Party I hope to have it ready tomorrow.

It's my pleasure to welcome you at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are traveling over The Nile in our papyrus boat with full sails. We are following The Nile to its source, hidden in secrets.
Today we are visiting The Great Pyramid of Giza, better known as the Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops. Its one of the seven ancient world wonders and in a way this episode is a reprise. Back in the history of CDHK we visited the seven ancient world wonders and earlier this we revisited another one of the seven ancient world wonders, The Lighthouse of Alexandria were our journey started.
There are a lot of theories about the Great Pyramid you will all know at least one of them I think. There were scientist who said that the Pyramids are build by aliens and not by humans. There are others who said it was build by the Israeli people while they lived in Egypt during the time of Moses. Others have looked at the Pyramids with a mathematical eye and that made me happy, because from the mathematical way of looking to the Pyramids it occurs that the Pyramids are following the Fibonacci sequence.

The Great Pyramid isn't just one pyramid, but three pyramids who all are perfectly aligned with the stars of the Belt of Orion. Those ancient architects were very clever and more than wise, because of this fact. Isn't it awesome that a long way back in history it was possible to create such big pieces of art as the Great Pyramid?

Credits: Great Pyramid at Giza
In that earlier prompt "Pyramid of Giza" I remember that I wrote the following haiku:

highway to the gods
pharaohs trip to eternity -
Leo shines above

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice one I think, but for this new episode, this "reprise" of the Great Pyramid of Giza I love to challenge you to write a so called "Fibo-ku". In that special haiku form, which I created last year (2014), you have to follow the Fibonacci sequence in your haiku, as follows:

1st line 1 syllable; 2nd line 1 syllable; 3rd line  2 syllables; 4th line 3 syllables and so on as is the Fibonacci sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 and so on.

Here is an example of such a "Fibo-ku":

star light
the breeze
this summer morning
birds singing their beautiful songs -
young sparrows playing hide and seek in the dry sand of the garden

© Chèvrefeuille

But ... that's just the challenge. If you like to write a haiku or tanka in response on this episode than that's also ok ... it's up to you. Our episodes (and the given prompts) are for inspiring you.

hidden inside
now outside

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 8th at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, our 2nd CD Special featuring Lolly, later on. For now ... have fun!


  1. Very interesting post! Having the option of the fibo-ku to match the pyramids is great :)

  2. kristjaan: that black cookie notification over the top of every blogspot page: you can get rid of that if you want to. Let me know if you do.

  3. Enjoying our tour of Egypt so far...