Saturday, September 15, 2018

Carpe Diem's Brainteaser #1 Introduction and first challenge

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I had some spare time so I thought "let me create an all new feature" and I did. I have created a new feature to challenge you. I have titled this new feature "Carpe Diem's Brainteaser" and I think you will understand the goal already, but let me introduce this feature to you.

Back in 1988 I discovered haiku. At first I thought this is not my “cup of tea” “to difficult”, I thought, because I love long poems and short stories and in my opinion I need a lot of words to say what I want to say. So at first I wasn’t caught by haiku, but after reading a wonderful book about haiku I tried it. I remember that like it was yesterday. I even can remember my first haiku ever:

Honeysuckle blooms
sharing her sweet perfume
I dream away

©️ Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one I think, but it was the first ever. And because of that I took Chèvrefeuille as my haigo (pseudonym). Chèvrefeuille means Honeysuckle.

As I started writing haiku I struggled a lot with the form. Haiku isn’t easy to create, because of its very short form and its rules. So haiku isn’t easy … haiku can be a brainteaser.

In this new feature I love to explore other “special” haiku forms like “Pi-ku” and for example the “Acrostic haiku”.

For this first episode of “Carpe Diem’s Brainteaser” I love to challenge you to create an “acrostic” haiku. What does that mean “acrostic”? Well an “acrostic” haiku looks like this:

Sweet memories
Under the old apple tree
Newly weds

©️ Chèvrefeuille
You take a word (in the above example “sun”) and with the separated letters from that word you have to create a haiku. Here is another example, this time the word is “one”:

Only eyes for you
Naked she lays down on the beach
Everlasting love

©️ Chèvrefeuille

To make it a little bit more challenging I have another “brainteaser” for you.
Another acrostic form uses an Acrostichon and a Liaison. In this one the Acrostichon is AUTUMN and the liaison is TUTU. More about this form you can find HERE.

A rainy day
Under the umbrella
Tears of joy
United again
Music of the Swanlake
Newly weds

©️ Chèvrefeuille

Here is another example of the above kind of haiku, in this one the acrostichon is "POETRY" and the liaison "EAST". In this one I have brought two worlds together:

Perfect way
Of writing haiku
Eastern thoughts

ulip bulbs
Redder than red
Year by year

© Chèvrefeuille

Enjoy this new feature. I created it just for the fun, but it will not be easy.

This episode of "brainteaser" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 22nd at noon (CEST). Have fun!


  1. This was fun. Could easily become addicted to this type of challenge:) Thanks Kristjaan.

  2. I found some nice acrostic haiku but missed "liaison" is a challenge to do both!