Thursday, October 6, 2016

Carpe Diem #1072 paint

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem today I have a regular prompt for you. As you maybe know our regular prompts are all tools to write and create with, so all art tools, and today that's paint. Several years ago I not only wrote haiku, but I also painted, most watercolor paintings, but through lack of time I stopped painting. Sometimes I feel that I hadn't done that, but ... well you never know what time will bring.

This episode is about paint and I love to tell you something more about the haiga of Buson. Maybe you know, maybe you don't know, but this year it's Buson's 300 th birthday. Three hundred years ago Buson was born and in his life he became intrigued by haiku. He attended several haiku schools and got the best teachers I could imagine, because all his teachers were once students of Basho.
Buson was really into the beauty of haiku by Basho and he even traveled along the small road into the deep north, Basho's Oku no Hosomichi. He enjoyed the journey, but more than the beauty of Basho's haiku he was amazed by the beauty of the nature of the deep north. So he decided to start painting or in a better way said ... he became a haiga master and he published the first illustrated version of Basho's Oku no Hosomichi.

Haiga by Buson part of Narrow Road to the Deep North (source: wikiart)
Paint ... sometimes we need it to create our haiga, or another wonderful painting. Haiku, as we know, is an impression, a painting with words ... so maybe that is the goal for today:

Try to create a haiku or tanka in which you use paint or try to "paint with words" ... I know you all can do it ...

This time I tried a tanka inspired on this episode:

in the backyard
in the shadow of the willow tree
a seated man
in deep devotion to Mother Nature
painting his first haiga

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this episode and I am looking forward to your inspired haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms.

PS. I noticed that several of you are very intrigued with tanka, not exactly my cup of tea, but I love to explore this poetry form further. So next month, November 2016, I will have a special tanka month. I will keep you posted.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, our second Imagination with Paul Militaru episode, later on.


  1. Fantastic about November month!! Annnnnnnd....congratulations...what an
    .absolutely...mindblowing tanka from the master of haiku...your tanka has opened a whole new horizon, and I sincerily hope you get the comments and recognition you deserve for this...

  2. Japanese painting and haiku fit like a gloved your idea of writing to art, Kristjaan!

  3. Shokunin, i'm not on tumblr (and for some reason could not log in with fb) but want to say your second post on "The Greatest Quality" is profound...and admirable.

  4. What a masterful tanka, Chèvrefeuille.... Really beautiful!

  5. Carpe Diem Challenge # 1072 Paint:

    paint box colors
    the cloudless sky
    at sunset