Friday, March 22, 2019

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #77 Poetry Archive (3) ... cherry blossom

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday March 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our special weekend meditation. This weekend I have another nice challenge for you ... a new episode of "Poetry Archive", that special feature in which I love to ask you to dive into your archive(s) and find a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form you have created. This weekend, as it's Spring, I love to ask you to search your archive for poems themed "Cherry Blossom". As you all know I love creating haiku about cherry blossoms and I even created a special E-book "fragile beauty" with only haiku about cherry blossom.

Maybe you know the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) that already has started in Vancouver region Canada. I think you know that the VCBF also organized a haiku contest every year during the VCBF. I had the opportunity to be part in that contest and a few of my haiku got an honorable mention. I have still warm memories about that so I love to share a few of my haiku that got a honorable mention. For that I had to dive into my archive(s).

Cherry Blossoms 2019 Vancouver Canada

the cooing of pigeons
between blooming cherry trees -
the cool rain

© Chèvrefeuille (2010, honorable mention)

In 2013 I offered again two haiku for this haiku contest and got a honorable mention for the following haiku:

finally Spring
the old Sakura in the backyard
in full bloom

© Chèvrefeuille (2013, honorable mention)

Two wonderful haiku I think that brought me nice memories while searching for them in my archives. As you know for this feature you have to choose a poem from your archives and create a new one inspired on your choice and ofcourse I love to hear why you have chosen that specific haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

As I said above the task is to create an all new haiku inspired on the poems of your choice ... so I have to create a new one also. I have given it a try:

at sunrise
a pair of pigeons awaken
between cherry blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille

Cherry Blossom in Vancouver (photo© Alexandra Grant)

Well ... with this wonderful photo by Alexandra Grant of  "To Vogue Or Bust" I end this weekend meditation. I am looking forward to all of your wonderful responses. Enjoy your weekend!

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday March 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 31st at noon (CET). By the way I will use another Linking Widget for this weekend meditation ... I don't know if I will continue with that linking widget, but we will see. (Click on the CDHK logo below to open the linking widget)


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    1. Dear Gillena, the new linking widget for this weekend-meditation you can find by clicking on our CDHK logo at the bottom-left of this post. I have added your post already.

  2. Kristjaan, this episode's linky is unusable, I am afraid...