Sunday, January 5, 2020

Carpe Diem #1792 New Beginnings ... New Year's Day

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First ... HAPPY NEW YEAR ... to you all. Let us make this a wonderful year full of love, beauty and inspiration. This month is themed "New Beginnings" and that's what this year will bring us all I hope.

As I told you several days ago my mother has been institutionalized in a nursing home for the elderly people. She has peace with it, but ofcourse it's not easy to cope with this new beginning for her and for me. Time will bring us healing for this ...

The theme for this month is New Beginnings and today we start with ... New Year's Day ... Our classical haiku masters wrote a lot of haiku about New Year's Day ... here are a few examples:

New Year’s Day
dawns clear, and sparrows
tell their tales

© Ransetsu
Japanese Crane

it’s play for the cranes
flying up to the clouds
the year’s first sunrise …

© Chiyo-ni

the first dream of the year —
I keep it a secret
and smile to myself

© Sho-u

New Year’s Day–
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

© Issa

Year after year
on the monkey’s face
a monkey’s face

© Basho

Japanese Calendar (Wikipedia)

The old calendar
fills me with gratitude
like a song

© Buson

New Year comes,
and I become poorer
than before

© Shiki (never published and recovered in August 2018)

All wonderful haiku on New Year's Day. In Haiku philosophy we count five seasons and the first season is New Year, it's roughly the period of December 15th and January 15th. So I challenge you to create a classical haiku themed New Year, to celebrate the new year.

Here is mine:

New Year's eve --
through the bare branches
the wind as always

© Chèvrefeuille

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


  1. That is excellent, Chèvrefeuille. Still fighting a health issue so not always up to writing. Bless your heart as well as your Mom's. This is a tough period in our lives. 3 of our 4 parents had to go into senior living, assisted living, and nursing home care before passing away. Wrapping my arms around you in sympathy.

  2. Thank you Janice. It is tough to see my mom in the nursing home, but it's better this way. She now lives in the nursing home were I am working.

  3. I am sorry that I am a complete idiot and didn't realize the prompts were back. Not that I was missed though, I'm sure. I tend to be about as popular as toenail fungus.