Friday, September 13, 2019

Carpe Diem Sneak Preview September 13th 2019 CDHK's 7th birthday

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to bring you all a sneak preview for our upcoming anniversary month, October 2019. This year we will celebrate our 7th birthday. Seven years ago I started with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) with the intention to create a Kai (group) for poets that love to create and share Japanese poetry. As I started back in 2012 I hadn't a slight idea how this would be ... I thought "I try this for three months and than I will evaluate this daily prompt Kai about Japanese poetry. I really hadn't thought to be still alive and kicking after seven years, but (notwithstanding several chamges) CDHK is still here and I am glad that I decided to go on with this daily weblog.

the gentle breeze
refreshes my troubled mind -
finally peace within
my head completely empty
through the spring breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

We have had a lot of different prompts and we have all improved our haiku writing skills I think, not only through the daily prompts, but also through the series on Haiku Writing Skills. We have learned to appreciate the beauty of Japanese poetry through several months of classical seasonwords. Next to that we all have "walked" several pilgrimages and we have untertaken several trips around the world.

arigato (thank you)

As I look back ... I am a lucky guy who once had a goal ... "bringing Japanese poetry to the world" and I did it, together with you, my dear Haijin, my dear Haiku family members. Ofcourse we have had our differences and those differences fluctuated during our existence, but we all stayed together and I am grateful for that.

a new day rises
be grateful for what is given -
the meadow blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille

Next month we will celebrate our 7th anniversary with a wonderful theme I think. We will explore the Macro World of Nature, all those small creatures like flies and bugs. There are a lot of haiku written about those small creatures, so I think we can do that again in our modern times. During this month we will have no special guests like we have had in earlier years during our celebration month, bu I think we all can make this month a wonderful month together ... celebrating the love of Japanese poetry and friendship.


an evening shower:
the ants are running down
the bamboos

as the day ends in the west
the last sunbeams disappear

the cool summer night -
I have restless dreams next to you
the one I love

nightmares torturing me
attacked by mosquitos

the first sunbeams
cherishing my naked body
blankets have fallen

awakened by rustling bamboo
a new day rises for the ants

(In renga this closing verse is called ägeku")

© Chèvrefeuille (2014)

I am looking forward to this festive month in which we will celebrate our 7th birthday and I hope you all will celebrate it with me.


Chèvrefeuille, your host.


  1. Love it! I enjoy the nature prompts the best, although I also enjoy the ones that challenge me to write things that I wouldn't normally do.

  2. I will strive to be there mate!