Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Carpe Diem #1053 worship

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we honor Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) a tribute to Jane month. Through modern kigo extracted from her "A Dictionary of Haiku" I hope to inspire you all to create a haiku or tanka to honor Jane Reichhold. Today our modern kigo is worship and Jane wrote a few wonderful examples of this modern kigo:

in the beginning
all spirit - all holy
a world boat

to a beach of stones
we carry a boat of blossom
afloat of prayers

the ship
of ancestor offerings
ready to sail

© Jane Reichhold

As you can read in the above haiku, Jane was a very spiritual being and her haiku are surely rooted in the ancient Japanese culture.
at sunrise
a choir of birds
sings praise
© Chèvrefeuille
This haiku was published earlier at: my tribute to Jane Reichhold tumblr. 
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 18th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, summer solstice, and the only Tokubetsudesu episode this month, later on.


  1. Now I have a question about the words praise and pray. I think about them as religious.
    Thinking about the origin haiku - does it contain similar expressions with religious touch? Or is this our western way?
    Hope you understand my question? Perhaps it's odd ;)

    1. Praise and pray are religious not only in our western way, but also in the eastern haiku culture. In the origin haiku these words are used in the same way.

  2. I went with some black humor today...

  3. Extraordinary posts. . Glad I found you again. Blessings, Janet