Sunday, June 30, 2019

Carpe Diem #1692 Summer Love ... extreme haibun

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first regular episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai of July 2019. July the Heart of Summer. For this new month I have chosen a wonderful theme: Summer Love. All the prompts this month will have to do with (summer) love in all the ways we know them.
As you all (maybe) know one of the Japanese poetry forms was once mentioned to be the poem of love, mostly secrative love. That form, we know nowadays as Tanka, but formerly it was called "waka". It is a five lined verse following the syllables (onji) scheme 5-7-5-7-7. The Tanka "falls" apart in two parts mostly, the first three lines and last two lines. Sometimes we say a kind of question/answer relation in the two parts, but that's not a rule. Sometimes we see a so called "pivot" in the third line. A "pivot" is a change in sphere or scene and that makes Tanka the best way of writing a love poem.

Summer Love

This month we will see a lot of examples of love in Japanese poetry, but for starters I have chosen to challenge you with the creation of a so called "extreme haibun". An "extreme haibun" is a short story in which you may use a maximum of 50 words including the poetry. So it's really a short story.

For this first episode the theme of the month is also the theme for the day "Summer Love".

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


  1. The space devoted to tanka form left me unsure whether the poetry is expected to be a haiku or a tanka.  The post does say "haibun" (not "tanbun") and has at least one reply with a haiku, so my guess is that either a haiku or a tanka would be OK, so long as the whole thing fits into 50 words.

    1. You can use haiku or tanka for your response on this extreme haibun (Tanbun) challenge.