Saturday, December 15, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #63 The Quest For A New Masterpiece Continues ... winter

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday December 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late with publishing our new weekend meditation. I hadn't time to publish it yesterday, because of trouble traveling from work to home.

This weekend has already begun, but that doesn't mean that I will not publish our weekend meditation. This weekend I love to challenge you again to create your masterpiece. As you all know a while ago we started our quest for a new masterpiece and I have seen a lot of masterpieces.
There are several classical and non-classical haiku (or tanka) that have become evergreens. For example the "crow" haiku by Basho:

on a withered branch
a crow is perched
autumn evening

© Bashō (1644–1694)

Basho wrote this haiku in the year 1680, and it is often considered to be a marker of the beginning of Bashō’s mature style.

Or what to say of that beauty by Chiyo-Ni:

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

Two real masterpieces, everlasting beauty ... or an evergreen so to say.

For sure you will know other masterpieces by classical (and non-classical) haiku (or tanka) poets, but the goal of this new feature isn't the quest for known (renown) masterpieces, but to create masterpieces, it's a real challenge, because you, my dear haijin, visitors and travelers, have to challenge yourself to create your masterpiece.

What makes a haiku (or tanka) a masterpiece? Well ... I will give it a try to tell you what a haiku (or tanka) makes a masterpiece in my opinion:

First: It has to describe a moment that got your attention.
Second: You have to use the right words. Words that describe the moment in its true way.
Third: Maybe ... use the classical way of creating haiku (or tanka) (as mentioned in CDHK Lecture One above in the menu).
Fourth: It has been written right from the heart or soul not the mind.
Fifth: It's (maybe) in the sense and tone of the classical haiku (tanka) poets.
Sixth: It has to be ... how shall I say it ... be your child, your creation ... in a masterpiece we can read, between the lines, the poet who created it.

For this weekend meditation I challenge you to create your new masterpiece themed "winter", because here on the Northern Hemisphere it's winter (almost). I f you are living on the Southern Hemisphere than you may try to create your new masterpiece themed "summer".

Of course I had to try it myself, but wasn't inspired enough, so I have chosen one of my "masterpieces" from my archives:

a last rose
more fragile than ever
clothed in snow

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... a nice weekend meditation I think. I am looking forward to all of your new masterpieces. By the way I hope to create our first Carpe Diem Quest For A New Masterpiece (exclusive) E-book January 2019.

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday December 16th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode along the Pan American Highway later on. For now .... have a wonderful weekend!

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