Thursday, March 21, 2019

Carpe Diem Extra March 21st 2019 ... sneak preview 2nd quarter 2019

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to give you a sneak preview for our 2nd quarter of 2019, but first I have a question for you all. This month we are on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, but it seems like you all have not enough inspiration for this month. So I love to hear from you what is the matter? CDHK was a blossoming group of poets that share their love for Japanese poetry, but ... I don't know what is happening but it looks like CDHK has no future anymore.

As you all know I love to create CDHK, but if enthousiasm starts to become smaller than I don't know if I will go on with CDHK. Ofcourse there will be all kinds of reasons why the responses are not that much anymore. Maybe it's the theme for this month or maybe it takes to much of your time. So please let me know what I can change to bring back your enthousiasm. Maybe you have ideas for new themes, new features or maybe another way of making CDHK.

Okay ... let me tell you my ideas for the 2nd quarter of 2019.

April 2019:

I have ran through our rich history and I found a few months in which there was an awesome response. Those months were all about classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords). So in April all our prompts will be classical and non-classical kigo for Spring.

such a sad event
young cherry blossoms frozen
in a cold spring night

© Chèvrefeuille (2016)

May 2019:

Another theme on which your responses were wonderful were the Tan Renga Challenge months. That wonderful kind of chained verse that brings poets together. In May I will create a month full of Tan Renga Challenges with ofcourse also several hineri (with a twist) episodes.
Tan Renga is a chained verse of two stanza, the first stanza has three lines and the second stanza has two lines. The second stanza is created through association on the scenes in the first stanza. Tan Renga looks similar with Tanka, but is written by two poets (as in a renga).

morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew                                                      (Jane Reichhold)

her bright shining eyes
she unpacks her new doll                                     (your host)

June 2019:

In June I will challenge you (again) because in that month I hope to bring a month full of Troiku, that creative new way of haiku-ing that I invented back in 2012. In June I hope to challenge you to create a Troiku Hineri every week.

morning dew
vanished in a second as the sun rises -
life is short

morning dew
makes the spiderweb crystaline
nature's treasure

vanished in a second as the sun rises
the fragile hoarfrost on the branches -
ice skating

life is short
I see the thin grey hair of my parents
I become grey too

© Chèvrefeuille

I am looking forward to this 2nd quarter and I hope you will too.


Chèvrefeuille, your host


  1. Hello Kristjaan- I am really enjoying the Joy of Light Retreat this month, and as such have not had time for the pilgrimage. I look forward to the next quarter- these are all great ideas!

  2. Hi Kristjaan, I'm sorry to hear you are sad about the participation levels this month. Personally, I'm enjoying the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage and participate whenever I can. With two blogs to run, I'm happy to participate in CDHK challenges and support the prompts when the themes fit in with my schedule, photographs and topics for the month which follow the natural seasons. I don't post about Autumn in Spring, for example, so whenever your prompts are out of season I won't have time to create a response. I appreciate all the work you put into preparing the prompts. Participation is a constantly evolving energy and some topics will speak more to some than to others. The main thing is that you enjoy what you do and that you can see the ripples of your inspiration run through all the posts we create and in the responses we get on those posts. I will be sad to see CDHK go and at the same time you have to really want to do this. If you decide to continue I would love it if you could find a more user-friendly linking widget, such as Mr Linky, than the one you are currently using. I hope this helps! Namaste xxx

  3. Kristjaan, I'm so sorry that this month hasn't gone as well as you hoped. I'm afraid I was away for a lot of March, missed the beginning of the pilgrimage and couldn't catch up. I would be so sad if you stopped posting prompts on Carpe Diem; I would sorely miss the inspiration. Have you thought about finding someone to share the task with you? I will continue to link up to Carpe Diem for as long as it exists with a few breaks when I visit my grandson and attend examiners conferences. Namsate!

  4. Hi Kristjaan, Yes we do appreciate your work and inspiration here. I really like the distillation,troiku, and tan renga challenges. I find the natural world of creation inspires my haiku more than overtly religious pilgrimmages. I also like to sometimes link with other sites so I do not (cannot) participate every time here. Maybe shorter posts might be less time consuming for you and all of us...just an idea. :)

  5. Thank you for your responses. I will give it a thought Xenia to use another linking widget. I am looking to new ideas and maybe I have to make shorter posts, but ... well I like creating our every day posts.
    I will also give it a thought to give myself more time to sit back and relax.