Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Carpe Diem #1685 Troiku Month (14) pink sakura blush


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Troiku Month. This time I have chosen a haiku by one of our long time members, Kim Russell. She is a great haiku poetess and has shared a lot of beautiful pieces. The one I have chosen is in my opinion a masterpiece ... She created it back in 2017 and it was themed "cherry blossom". It was a submission for one of our kukai.

I think she will be honored that I use her haiku for today's Troiku challenge. As you all know I love haiku about cherry blossom I have written a lot in honor of their beauty. In our Carpe Diem Library you can find an anthology of my cherry blossom haiku titled "Fragile Beauty".

Here is the haiku by Kim to work with:

pink sakura blush 
spring’s kimono falls to earth
silk snatched by a breeze

© Kim R. Russell (2017)


Cherry Blossom

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 26th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Carpe Diem #1684 Troiku Month (13) Fireflies


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Troiku Month. I have had (again) a very busy day, so I will only give you the haiku to work with. This time I have chosen a haiku by Jim Kacian, one of the best modern haiku poets in my opinion.

steamy night
fireflies
out in the rain

© Jim Kacian


Fireflies

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 25th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Carpe Diem #1683 Troiku Month (12) White Valley Clouds


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My apologies for being somewhat later as usualy, but I am at work and hadn't time to create our new episode earlier. So, because I am at work, I will only give you the haiku to work with and create your Troiku with it.

after the rain
breathing deeply
white valley clouds

© Jane Reichhold (Taken from: "A Dictionary of Haiku")


White Valley Clouds

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 24th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Carpe Diem #1682 Troiku month (11) The Wind Of Fuji


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and that the weekend inspired you and gave you the time to relax. I had a very busy weekend at work, but I survived it (just joking). A new week is in front of you and as you all know we are creating Troiku this month.

For this first regular episode of this new week I have chosen a haiku by my master, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) and maybe you know it, because I think we have had this haiku earlier here at CDHK.

Here is the haiku to work with:

the wind of Fuji
I've brought on my fan
a gift from Edo

© Basho


Fuji no Yama and Sakura

A very nicely crafted haiku by Basho and I think it gives you the opportunity to create a wonderful Troiku with it.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #89 Extreme Haibun ... rain


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

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at our wonderful Haiku Kai. The place to be if you like to create and share Japanese poetry. This weekend I have chosen to challenge you with an extreme haibun.

An extreme haibun is, as you maybe remember, a haibun is prose and poetry together, a kind of symbiosis so to say. I will give you a theme and than I challenge you to create an extreme haibunwith a maximum of 100 words including the poems.

For this extreme haibun I have chosen the theme "RAIN". Create a haibun themed rain and share it with us all here at our Haiku Kai.


Rain

Enjoy your weekend. This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday June 16th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 23rd at noon (CEST).


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Carpe Diem #1681 Troiku Month (10) moonlit night



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all enjoy this month full of that beautiful new creative way of haiku-ing ... Troiku. To me it's an honor to make this month, because I invented that new creative way of haiku-ing. It makes me proud to see and read all of your wonderful Troiku. Tahnk you all for that.

Today I have chosen a haiku by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902). Shiki was the poet who gave haiku its name and he brought haiku into the 20th century. He wrote wonderful haiku in which he often used the modern industrial inventions of his lifetime e.g. steam engines. In the haiku I have chosen you can find that too.

This is the haiku to work with:

the wild geese take flight
low along the railroad tracks
in the moonlit night

© Masaoka Shiki




This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 20th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Carpe Diem #1680 Troiku Month (9) Pink Flowers Bloom


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful Troiku Month. Today I love to challenge you a little bit more, so say ... a kind of Hineri (with a twist) episode. I challenge you to create a new haiku (or take one from your archive(s)) and create a Troiku with it. So today I don't give you a haiku to work with.

Ofcourse I have picked up that challenge myself and this is what I came up with:

pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony

pink flowers
as far as man can see -
purple sea

between green dewy leaves
hides a little green frog
for the blue heron

a double peony
in full bloom in my garden -
a dawning sun

© Chèvrefeuille


Peony

A nice haiku (and troiku) I think (how immodest) and I loved creating it.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 19th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Carpe Diem #1679 Troiku Month (8) spiderweb


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our new (belated) episode. My apologies for being this late with publishing, but I had a very busy evening shift, so I hadn't time to create this new episode. Today I have a modern haiku for you created by Calvin Olson in 2016. It's a nice haiku to work with I think.

As you all know this month it is Troiku month and the goal is to create a Troiku (more about Troiku you can find in the menu) with a given haiku. Today I love to challenge you with the following haiku:

Spiderweb anchored
To a tree, a bush, the ground
Centered spiral shines

© Calvin Olson (2016)

(* Calvin's weblog is worth a visit, he has written wonderful haiku)


Spiderweb

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 18th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Monday, June 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1678 Troiku Month (7) Unlocked Fence


Dear Haijin, visitors and travekers,

Years ago I particiated in a haiku challenge that run for a month. Every day there was a new theme and one of those days the source for inspiration was a photo by Siva's Artwork. I will give you that photo later on but first I will give you the haiku to work with.

The haiku to share was part of a haiku suite of three haiku inspired on the above mentioned photo. The first haiku of that haiku suite I will give you to work with. The other two I will give you also, but the following haiku is the haiku to use:

unlocked fence
walking towards the countryside
finally free

© Chèvrefeuille

Here is the above mentioned photo:


Unlocked Fence

Before I give you the other two haiku which are part of the above mentioned haiku suite, I love to share my thoughts that brought me to that haiku suite.

[...] "What does this image tell me? What do I see? I see a fence, it's open. Is it a fence that closed a concentration camp or ... something else. Could this open fence stand for freedom of thought, freedom to live your own life. It looks like an opening to reach out to freedom. On the fence I see a Star of David, the Jewish symbol. In the distance I see a farm ... it looks like this was a concentration camp, the most of them were situated on the countryside. Further I see fallen leaves, brown colored so the season must be Autumn or early Winter. The sky is grey, it's a sad mood this image brings up to me, but also a happy mood, because the fence is open and freedom beckons." [...]

And as promised, here are the other two haiku of the haiku suite:

brown leaves
rustle through the corridor
David's Star rises

closing the garden
no one to disturb my thoughts -
Virginia Creeper

© Chèvrefeuille

Virginia Creeper

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 17th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Carpe Diem #1677 Troiku Month (6) Chasing A Fly


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "regular" episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai where we are challenged to create Troiku this month. I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, I had a very relaxed weekend and could (finally) find some time for myself. It has been a good decision several months ago to create our weekend meditations to have some time for myself. Thank you all for respecting that choice.

This week I love to start with a recently written haiku by myself. It has a small story ... last week we were "terrorized" by a fly, two days long he "terrorized" our home and on the 2nd day I decided to catch him in a kind of Zen way. Silently sitting and only follow it with my eyes. At first I thought that wouldn't work, but after a few hours the fly came to sit on my knee. It felt safe I think, but I caught it in my hands and let it go free outside in the garden.


Chasing A Fly

After that situation I wrote the following haiku/senryu:

chasing a fly
in silent meditation mode
eyes fixed


© Chèvrefeuille

A wonderful haiku/senryu to work with I think. Well ... have fun!

By the way did you know that the fly has a deeper meaning? I didn't know that, so I think a lot of you will not know that too. So let me give you the deeper meaning of the fly.

Much like the butterfly, fly symbolism it letting you know that quick and abrupt changes in your thoughts, emotions, and endeavors are afoot. Moreover, these rapid changes in all aspects of your life, are happening now. Therefore, you should be prepared to move quickly even in unfavorable and uncomfortable conditions. Similar to the rabbit, fly meaning can also signify that an exponentially growing source of abundance is available for you right now. Thus you must use your keen eyesight to see the way. In other words, never give up.

Alternatively, the fly symbolism could be reminding you that your persistence in reaching your goals will bear fruit sooner than later. Moreover, this will happen even if it means that you have to annoy others or be selfish for a while. In other words, you do have the ability to accomplish your goals.
(source: fly symbolism)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 16th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... be inspired and have fun!


Friday, June 7, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #88 Crossroads ... Sea Cliffs


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday June 9th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation episode. Last weekend I asked you to create a Troiku from a Crossroads haiku and this weekend I love to do that again. I will give you two haiku to work with. Those two haiku you need to for creating a new haiku, a kind of fusion-haiku, to start your Troiku with.

Here are the two haiku to use for your "fusion-haiku":

coming to sea cliffs
the off-shore breeze raises
a flower fragrance

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea

© Jane Reichhold (Taken from: "A Dictionary of Haiku", a Modern Saijiki)

As you all know Jane (1937-2016) was once our co-host and my back-up here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. She died in 2016, but I still miss her. I know you all miss her too, but her spirit is dwelling here at CDHK.
Honor Jane with your submissions. She is missed ...


Cliffs of Moher

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday June 9th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 16th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend full of inspiration,


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Carpe Diem #1676 Troiku Month (5) the aroma of pine


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our wonderful Troiku month. I am so glad to see participants return to CDHK in this Troiku month ... it makes me proud and humble.

Today I have chosen a haiku by one of our haijin from the start of CDHK. I know that he is a great author and a great haiku poet and with this choice I hope to give him a feeling of joy. I have chosen a haiku by Hamish Managua Gunn, also know as pirate. In our CDHK library you can find an exclusive CDHK E-book created by him. The haiku I will use is taken from that E-Book.

the aroma of pine
and the young morning's fresh rain
reach my words


© Hamish "Managua" Gunn (Taken from "Shinrin Yoku, the art of forest bathing")

A wonderful haiku ... thank you my friend, thank you Hamish that you are a longtime participant here at CDHK.

the aroma of pine

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 13th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Carpe Diem #1675 Troiku Month (4) spring snow


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This is our new episode of this Troiku Month. This month we are creating Troiku, that new creative way of haiku-ing, that I invented. Today I have chosen a haiku by a modern haiku poet. I never had heard from him, but he has written wonderful haiku, but also haiku inspired on war. Let me give you first the haiku and than a small explanation.

spring snow
purifies earth and heaven –
our enemies perish

© Mizuhara Shûôshi

In this Great Asia War, the attitudes of the enemy countries, in short, America, Britain, and other countries, are tremendously evil. In order to destroy such evil, our nation has arisen. From the very beginning of the war, our Imperial Army has severely damaged our enemies and incapacitated them. Yet you, the Japanese home-front citizens, should continue to unite your hearts with our Imperial Army to exterminate the evil.

Shuoshi wrote during the Great Asia  War as Japan conquered Singapore.


Spring Snow

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 12th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Carpe Diem #1674 Troiku Month (3) chestnuts by the eaves


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome ... a new episode in our Troiku month and I will keep it short, because of lack of time. Today I will give you only the haiku from which you have to create your Troiku.

For today I have chosen a haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), whom I see as my sensei. It's one of the 50 haiku he used in his wonderful haibun "The Small Road Into The Deep North" (Oku-no-Hosomichi).

Here is the haiku to work with:

people in the world
hardly notice these blossoms
chestnuts by the eaves

© Basho (Tr. Tim Chilcott


Chestnut Tree in full bloom

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 11th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1673 Troiku Month (2) my native town


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the 2nd episode of this new CDHK month in which we experimenting with Troiku, that gorgeous creative way of haiku-ing I invented several years ago. Today I have a nice haiku by a haiku poet we all know, because we have had haiku written by him very often here at CDHK.

Today I have a haiku for you to create your Troiku with written by Santoka Taneda:

my native town
far, far away--
hurgeoning trees.

© Santoka Taneda

A nice haiku to work with and as you all know Santoka Taneda was a haiku poet who didn't used the classical rules of haiku, he was a free-styler and that's what we all are as we are composing Troiku.

So have fun ... free-styling ... go for it!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 10th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Carpe Diem #1672 Troiku Month (1) unexpected guests


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new month of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month I will challenge you to create Troiku, maybe a Hineri Troiku, but that's not sure today. As you maybe know ... I invented the Troiku back in 2012. It's a new creative way of haiku-ing, based on creativity and free-styling.
Troiku starts with a (given) haiku and than the goal is to create three new haiku with the separated lines of the (given) haiku. The first line you have to use as the first line of the first new haiku, the second line is the first line of the second new haiku and the third line of the given haiku is the first line of the third new haiku you have to create. Sounds difficult? Maybe ... above in the menu you can find an item about Troiku.




I will give you an example of a Troiku taken from our exclusive CDHK E-book "Flamingo-Clouds":

all day sunrise
what a joy to live in
my orange house

all day sunrise
Mother Nature is confused
the longest day

what a joy to live in
a world full of fantasy
patches of clouds

my orange house
save harbor for my children
‘till when will it last?

© Chèvrefeuille

I think this Troiku explains what the goal is this month. I will give you a haiku to work with and create your Troiku with. This month will be fun I think and I hope that you all will participate in this new challenging month of our wonderful Haiku Kai.

Field Flowers


For this first episode I have a beautiful haiku created by Jane Reichhold:

gathering flowers
unexpected guests
come to dinner

© Jane Reichhold (taken from "A Dictionary of Haiku")

A nice haiku to create a Troiku with I think ... looking forward to your responses.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 9th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Friday, May 31, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #87 Crossroads ...


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday June 2nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend meditation here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Today (June 1st) Summer starts according to meteorology, so I have created a new logo for our weekend meditation. On the logo you see the renown Golden Temple (Kinkaku-ji) at Kyoto Japan.

As you all know the weekend meditation is a way to meditate and contemplate about your Japanese poetry before publishing. This weekend I love to challenge you with a "Crossroads" episode. The goal is to create a new haiku inspired on two given haiku and create a Troiku with the newly created haiku. (More on Troiku above in the menu).

Deep Silence

Here are the two haiku to work with, both are created by myself:

reaching for the sun
lotus flowers bloom from the mud
old pond changes

deep silence
even deeper as the nightingale starts to sing
beautiful life

© Chèvrefeuille (2017)

Create your new haiku from or inspired on these two haiku and create a Troiku with your new haiku. Enjoy your weekend and this Crossroads challenge.

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday June 2nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 9th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Carpe Diem #1671 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (18) lightning flash


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the last episode of this wonderful Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019. It was really a joy to create this month and I am glad to see all your responses. Thank you all for being part in this Tan Renga Challenge.

For this last episode of our TRC month I have chosen a haiku by my master, Matsuo Basho. This haiku is extracted from his renown haibun "The Small Road Into The Deep North", one of the most beautiful pieces of Japanese literature.

Here is the haiku to work with:

lightning flash–
what I thought were faces
are plumes of pampas grass

© Basho (Tr. unknown; taken from "The Small Road Into The Deep North")

Lightning Flash (above Athens, Greece)

What a spectacular photo this is. It fits the haiku by Basho in a great way and makes it easier to create your 2nd stanza to this Tan Renga I think.

This was the last episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month and I hope you are inspired to complete the Tan Renga task.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 6th at noon (CEST). I hope to publish our new (and first episode of June 2019) later on. For now ... have fun!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Carpe Diem #1670 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (17) sun-dried grass


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the penultimate episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019. This month was a real joy, but time wasn't always at my side, so I am behind with commenting on all your responses. I hope to catch up this week.

For this penultimate episode I have another beautiful haiku by our dear friend, who we still miss, Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) for you to work with and create a Tan Renga with ... a twist ... a hineri episode.

Here is the haiku ("hokku") to work with. The goal is to create a Tan Renga by adding your 2nd stanza of two lines and ... you have to add another three-lined stanza and another two-lined stanza. So at the end of this task you have created a four stanza "short" renga.

evening sea fog
descending into sun-dried grass
sweaty lovers

© Jane Reichhold


Sun Dried Grass (image found on Pinterest)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your responses and will remain open until June 5th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have fun!


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Carpe Diem #1669 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (16) white crane


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our TRC Month May 2019. This month is almost over and I am looking forward to June, than we will be challenged to create Troiku, that creative way of haiku-ing I invented back in 2912, but now it's still Tan Renga.

Today I have a beautiful haiku by a classical master, Kikaku, an apprentice and very close friend of Basho. The loved eachother dearly.

Here is the haiku to work with, it's a haiku Kikaku wrote to comfort Basho because he was very ill, a few days later Basho died.

How I wish to call
A white crane from Fukei,
But for this cold rain.

© Kikaku

White Crane (Japanese Woodblock Print)
This episode is NOW OPEN for your responses. Create your Tan Renga by adding the two lined second stanza. This episode is open until June 4th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.


Carpe Diem #1668 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (15) flower fragrance


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry for being this late with publishing our new episode. I had the evening shift and I hadn't time to create this one earlier.
We are running towards the end of this Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 and than we will start a new month full of challenges. Next month (June) I will challenge you to create Troiku, but that's not for now.

Because of lack of time I will give you only the haiku to work with. This time I have chosen a haiku by Jane Reichhold (1937-2016). This haiku is taken from her online "Dictionary of Haiku" section Summer, subsection Celestial.

Here is the haiku to work with and create your Tan Renga:

coming to sea cliffs
the off-shore breeze raises
a flower fragrance

© Jane Reichhold

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 3rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. Have fun!


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Carpe Diem #1667 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (14) Hibiscus Red ... Raymond Roseliep


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome a the last week of our TRC month May 2019. I hope you all have had a wonderful week and a wonderful weekend. I had a very busy week, so I was glad that I had taken a week off. But today we are going on with our TRC month. This month I challenge you to create Tan Renga with a given haiku by classical and modern haiku poets.

Today I have chosen a nice haiku by a not so well known haiku poet, Raymond Roseliep (1917-1983). Let me give you first a short overview of his life:

Raymond Roseliep (1917 – 1983) was a poet and contemporary master of the English haiku and a Catholic priest. He has been described as "the John Donne of Western haiku."


Raymond Roseliep

Born on August 11, 1917, in Farley, Iowa, to John Albert Roseliep (1874-1939) and Anna Elizabeth Anderson (1884-1967). In 1939 he graduated from Loras College with a Bachelor of Arts, in 1948 he received a Master of Arts in English from Catholic University of America, and in 1954 he received a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Notre Dame University. He was ordained, June 12, 1943, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa.

For Raymond Roseliep the two most sacred themes were creation and love, so it was only natural that he would explore both in his haiku. In an interview first published in 1979, Roseliep was asked how a priest could be writing such evocative, sometimes erotic, love poetry. “To talk about that,” Roseliep said, “I should return for a moment to that Catholic-poetry period of mine, and I can briefly tell you how it was inevitable that I needed a fresh theme. In those early days I was writing about the Mass, the sacraments, parish experiences, religious encounters of all dimensions — in people, nature, anywhere.” He added: “I needed a new outlook. I knew that religious poetry and love poetry are the hardest of all to write, and since I hadn’t attained full success in one, I would try the other. And I have been exploring the love theme ever since. It’s wonderful. It keeps me alive and young and remembering; and always with feelings that are deepest and most sacred in all of us.”(Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin24:4 (December 1979);A Roseliep Retrospective: Poems & Other Words By & About Raymond Roseliep (Ithaca, N.Y.: Alembic Press, 1980), 13.)


Morning Glory

He won the Haiku Society of America Harold G. Henderson award in 1977 and 1982. In 1981, Roseliep's haiku sequence, “The Morning Glory”, appeared on over two thousand buses in New York City:

takes in 
the world 
from the heart out 

funnels 
our day 
into itself 

closes 
on its own 
inner light

© Raymond Roseliep

I have to admit ... I never had heard of this haiku poet until today, but his haiku are really gorgeous and mostly written in a nice "free-styling" way ... a way of haiku-ing I like as you all (maybe) know. At the end of this episode I will give you a few links to more information about him, but first I will give you the haiku to work with:

unable
to get hibiscus red
the artist eats the flower

© Raymond Roseliep

More about Raymond Roseliep you can fnd at:


This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 2nd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #86 A New Feature ... Carpe Diem's Utopia


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday May 26th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize for being late with publishing of this weekend meditation, but it has all to do with a new feature I have created "Carpe Diem's Utopia". Let me first give you an explanation about this new feature, but to do that I need to tell you first what "Utopia" was meant to be.

A Utopia is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia. One could also say that utopia is a perfect "place" that has been designed so there are no problems.


Carpe Diem's Utopia (image credits)

Utopia focuses on equality in economics, government and justice, though by no means exclusively, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology. According to Lyman Tower Sargent "there are socialist, capitalist, monarchical, democratic, anarchist, ecological, feminist, patriarchal, egalitarian, hierarchical, racist, left-wing, right-wing, reformist, Naturism/Nude Christians, free love, nuclear family, extended family, gay, lesbian and many more utopias [...] Utopianism, some argue, is essential for the improvement of the human condition. But if used wrongly, it becomes dangerous. Utopia has an inherent contradictory nature here." Sargent argues that utopia's nature is inherently contradictory, because societies are not homogenous and have desires which conflict and therefore cannot simultaneously be satisfied. If any two desires cannot be simultaneously satisfied, true utopia cannot be attained because in utopia all desires are satisfied.

It's a dreamworld I think, but it can be of use for our haiku writing skills, because that's the task of this new feature ... creating an utopian (excellent) haiku (or tanka) by using the classical rules as you can find above in the CD Lecture 1.

A nice task from a modern view. The haiku or tanka have to have a modern theme, but has to follow the classical rules.

driving me home
her sportscar flashes along the roads
daffodils bow their head


© Chèvrefeuille

Just a small impromptu verse to show the goal for this task. Can you see the modern theme? and the classical rules?

Well ... a nice challenge I think. This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday May 26th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until June 2nd at noon (CEST). Have fun ... and ofcourse a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Carpe Diem Extra May 22nd 2019 -- forgotten kukai August 2018


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you all know I have a week off, but that doesn't mean I am not busy with Carpe Diem. I ran into a "lost list of the 2nd Troiku-kukai". That 2nd Troiku-kukai we had in August 2018. So I will gather those Troiku and will publish them this week for judging.

My apologies for this inconvenience.

Namasté,

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #85 Photo-shopping Haiku (2) Cherry Blossom


!! Open for your submissions next Sunday May 19th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new CDHK Weekend Meditation. That special feature that gives you the opportunity to meditate and contemplate before you can submit your response. Before I give you the new "weekend meditation" task I have an announcement to make.

As you maybe remember ... last month I took a week off ... That gave me the opportunity to take a rest and have more time for those around me. I also told you last month that I will take a week off every month and next week is that week. This weekend meditation is the start of this week off and next Friday May 24th I will publish our new weekend meditation. So next week I will not publish our regular episodes. It gives you also time to take your time to respond without the pressure of a new episode every day.

Okay back to this weekend meditation. Several weeks ago I intoduced to you a new feature here at CDHK "Photo-Shopping Haiku". (description of this new feature HERE).


Cherry Blossom

For this weekend meditation "Photo-Shopping Haiku" I have chosen a beautiful haiku to "photo-shop" by Kobayashi Issa:

even an old man
has New Year's eyes...
cherry blossoms

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

Give it a thought and try to 'photo-shop" it to a "better version of itself" just by "a little change". Have fun!

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday May 19th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until May 26th at noon (CEST). Have a wonderful weekend!