Friday, April 20, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #29 Use That Quote ...

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday April 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by and it was a marvelous week, because the weather was awesome, almost temperatures of Summer in The Netherlands ... and I had a week off ... so I had a wonderful week. Today however wasn't a great day. My mother again had to go the hospital and is now in the hospital. She had cardiac problems, but the biggest problem today was her glucose, she is diabetic, and her sugars are extremely disturbed. So this day was a day to ... forget, but of course I cannot forget this day, because I became 55 yrs. Yes it's my birthday today.

As you all know I am writing haiku since the late eighties and I see Matsuo Basho as my sensei therefore I have chosen a quote by Basho for you to become inspired through.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
At the time of his death, in 1694, Basho had more than seventy disciples, and about two thousand associates who had accepted and aligned themselves with his teachings. On the one-hundredth anniversary of his death the Shinto religious headquarters honored him by canonizing him as a deity. Thirteen years later the imperial court gave him similar status. He alone is known as a haisei, the saint of haiku. Today he is a recognized genius. (Source: Basho, The Complete Haiku by Jane Reichhold)

Basho is the saint of haiku and he was declared holy by the Shinto religion and was given the name Haisei Basho.

Here at CDHK I have often written about the beauty of his poetry. We read his "Oku-no-Hosomichi" (The Small Road Into the Deep North) and learned his haiku writing techniques. He really is a saint in my opinion and it makes me proud that I can and may say that he is my sensei, my master, my teacher.

Cherry Blossoms around Lake Biwa
For this weekend meditation I have chosen a not so renown quote by Basho, but I think this quote will inspire you ...

Here is the quote to work with:

[...] "There is nothing you can see that is not a Bashoflower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon."[...]  Matsuo Basho

In this quote I read the "greatness" of Basho. His look at nature ... the simple words he used to give an image to his thoughts.

entwined by bare branches
the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

While I was preparing this episode sad news arrived ... one of the best and renown dj's of the world, Avicii, has died ... he was 28 years young.

I love to share a music video to give tribute to him.

I hope you did enjoy the read and the music by Avici.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday April 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remian open until April 29th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, conquest, later on. For now ... have a wonderful weekend.


  1. That is emotional news. I hope that the medical services are handling things well.
    The information about Bashō was very interesting, as always.
    And I do hope you were aypt least able to enjoy a beer on your birthday.

    1. Thanks Hamish ... I have taken a beer of course. One way or the other I had to celebrate my birthday with my loved ones.