Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #91 Ese's Voice, our "runner-up" of the "prayers" kukai

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I published a Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu episode and that's not without reason certainly not this month. This tribute to Jane month had to be only about Jane Reichhold, but that wasn't possible, because of the "prayers" kukai results. So I choose to bring the CD-Specials and one Tokubetsudesu episode this month. I hope you all will understand that.

Our "runner-up" of the "prayers" - kukai was Ese and she became the "runner-up" with the following haiku, a beauty I would say:

silent steps -
one more candle illuminates
the old chapel

© Ese

Ese is a long time participant in Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and in an earlier kukai she was the winner and became the featured haiku poetess of November 2015. You can find her CD-Specials through clicking on the post list at the right of our Kai.

Ese is a very gifted haiku poetess and she publishes mostly on Twitter and Tumblr. And she created really wonderful haiku:

how softly it brushes
against the bare backs of mountains
a wandering cloud

© Ese

Ese has eyes for the most tiny things in nature and around her, here is an example of a haiku by Ese in which you can read this:

two sets of footprints
disappear in the white sand
-a seagull and i

© Ese

And to conclude this Tokubetsudesu about Ese I have a nice series of "butterfly"-haiku for you written by her:

velvet touch of wings
among evergreen vines
my palm blossoms

butterfly house-
so still on the glass ceiling
does he long for the sky?

old plastic pen-
pale butterfly keeps floating
along with my memories

© Ese
And these beauties conclude this episode. I hope you have become inspired through these beautiful haiku by Ese ... I am looking forward to your responses ... have fun!

Here is my response:

Ah! those cherry blossoms
everywhere I look their beauty amazes me again -
finally spring is here

© Chèvrefeuille

And another one inspired on Ese's "butterfly" haiku:

fragile shadow
dances on the white wall
a Holly Blue

© Chèvrefeuille

Holly Blue
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 19th at noon (CET). I will publish our new regular episode, summer solstice, immediately hereafter.


  1. An absolutely beautiful post here by you Chev, and you really selected some pearls from Ese. That must have taken time, so thank you. Ese is one of the very best haiku poets to grace these pages, and it was through CDHK that she discovered her roots in haiku. I think that fact , and her beautiful haiku serve as an inspiration and example for all.

    1. I can say with certainty that without you I wouldn' t have found the path to writing, haiku and Carpe Diem Haiku family. I have loved learning from you, so much. I do and always will. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for this beautiful post, Chèvrefeuille! It is always a pleasure to write for CDHK, and your kind words, experience, support and inspiration makes so much difference. So does the art of words, created by my fellow haijin.

  3. Wonderful tribute to the 'runner up". Ese is such a splendid talent.

  4. Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu # 91:

    summer's end
    a swallowtail lingering
    over the last blossom

  5. A beautiful array of haiku by Ese. Thank you my dear sister.

    Kristjaan, your haiku are lovely, especially the second one.

  6. Such a beautiful tribute you have written, Chévrefeuille. You have captured the beauty of Ese's words...the wonder I feel when ready and rereading any of her haiku...truly a gifted poetess I enjoy reading.