Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Carpe Diem Special #174 Michael Dylan Welch's "a little taller"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are almost halfway this anniversary month and I hope you all do like this month. Today I have another nice haiku written by Michael Dylan Welch to inspire you, but first I have to tell you something else.
The judging of our "peace of mind" kukai is almost closing. You can email your votes for three haiku submitted until October 15th 10.00 PM (CET), so you have a little bit more as 24 hours time to email your votes.

Ok ... back to this CD Special with a haiku by one of our featured haiku poets this month, Michael Dylan Welch. I have a few other obligations so this episode will be really short ... how short? Well .. I will only give you the haiku for your inspiration and that is it for this CD Special.

Here is the haiku by Michael Dylan Welch to inspire you to write an all new haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form:

pull of tonight's moon—
the harbor lighthouse
a little taller

© Michael Dylan Welch

Credits: Harvest Moon above the Chicago Harbor Light
I hope that this haiku will inspire you ... here is a haiku from my archives which fits the scene and the sense, tone and spirit of the haiku given:

over the harbor
a lightflash

© Chèvrefeuille

Michael Dylan Welch has been writing haiku since 1976, when he first learned about the genre in a high school English class. He joined the Haiku Society of America in 1988, and has been an officer of the society numerous times. Michael cofounded the Haiku North America conference in 1991, and the American Haiku Archives in 1996. He also founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 (serving as its president for five years), and National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) in 2010. Michael's latest books are True Colour, Becoming a Haiku Poet, and Fire in the Treetops. He recently completed a two-year term as poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, where he also curates two poetry readings. His own poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least twenty-one languages. Michael's personal website, devoted mostly to haiku, is, and you can visit the NaHaiWriMo website at

This CD Special is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Inuyama Festival, later on. For now ... be inspired and share your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with us all. Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic haiku and great inspiration. Also happy Anniversary Carpe Diem