Thursday, October 20, 2016

Carpe Diem Full Circle #2-2016

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "encore" for this festive month. As you maybe remember I promised you earlier this month to bring three (3) Carpe Diem Full Circle episodes and I had planned to "aired" it yesterday, but time wasn't on my side so therefore I bring you our new "encore" Carpe Diem Full Circle today.

Let me first tell you what the challenge "Full Circle" means:

I call it ''Full Circle'' because the goal is to write haiku with the twelve (12) words I will give. It's a kind of word-whirl and you have to use the words given in the clock-wise direction. So every word has to come in the line of it's place on the clock e.g. rainbow you have to use for line one (1) and autumn for line two (2) and so on.

I will give you twelve (12) words (for every ''hour'') one word. The goal is to write haiku using the words as given in the clockwise way.

Here are the twelve (12) words, for every hour one word, you have to use this time:

1. rain 2. young leaves 3. buds
4. mountain 5. silence
6. monk
7. river
8. summer breeze
9. she
10. snow
11. sparrow (s)
12. blue sky

A nice series of words I would say so, but I also think it will not be easy to create four (4) new haiku with this series.

Let me give you an example of a haiku created with words 1, 2 and 3, and also in that order (as is the goal of the "full circle" challenge).

the soft rain rests on young leaves two buds open

© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one, but its just to give you an idea what to do. After this first haiku (created with words 1,2 and 3) you have to create three other haiku with the given words. Good luck ... and have fun, because this feature is just for fun and of course for the challenge (smiles).

This Carpe Diem Full Circle is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun! Take your time, you have more than a week to respond.


  1. You did it again mate. of your nicest haiku, stripped of frivolity with sharp image degraded by your comment. I really enjoy the utter simplicity, so refreshing, especially when reading some overblown efforts, and it reminds me of a very funny Japanese guy I met, who laughed about haiku. "Ah!" he said, "such simplicity, so complex!"

    1. You're right Hamish ... I will try not to comment anymore on my haiku. It's as you said 'simple beauty'. Thanks my friend.

    2. Oh I enjoy the comments very Mhich. It just is fascinating how the haiku of hours which I think are the best, or among the best are the ones you seem least sure about. Your simple haiku here has a myriad of possibilities to interpret, and the soft rain and young leaves being responsible for two buds opening is beautiful. The image is clear, not too guided and the movement of 'lotus-like' buds opening is very nice, leaving each reader to visualize the opening how they want. Yo me it is a therapeutic haiku, and just as with Jack Kerouiac's haiku with two bees you featured once, would it have worked with one bud? some mystical reason two buds works so well.

  2. I agree with Hamish - this haiku of yours is a true gem, Chèvrefeuille.

  3. Woohoo! favourite feature.Lovely haiku Kristjann. It's your blog and you can do what you want. Your comments reveal your genuineness and sweet personality. You come across as a real person so comment away:)

  4. Your haiku is lovely, Kris.

    Here is the link to my post. I still cannot access the linky widget on my blog.

    Thank you.