Thursday, October 15, 2020

Carpe Diem Celebrates Its 8th Anniversary, October 2020: #1836 Daydreaming

 Dear Haijin,visitors and travelers,

Do you sometimes daydream? I certainly do day dream on a regular basis. For example ... A few days ago I daydreamed how it will be to have a special CDHK-day to meet each other in real life. Through the Internet we are connected with each other almost every day. What a joy it would be to meet each other, but I know that will never happen, but  we can meet each other in another way. For example how would it be to once in a say quarter of a year speak to each other through Skype or another way through a chat or podcast. These are just a few examples of my day dreams. Do you daydream?

Today our '8th anniversary' month is halfway and today I have chosen for the prompt daydreaming. I don't think it's especially something you do in summer, but in a way I can understand why Jane has brought this into her saijiki 'A Dictionary of Haiku', her modern kigo (seasonwords) for summer. In summer we live most of the time outside and we have, for sure, lazy days and moments in which we are daydreaming. E.g look at the clouds. Sometimes they look like mysterious landscapes and then our mind goes on a 'flight'. We are adventurers who are discovering new countries, new forms of life and so on. 

mysterious landscapes
rise and unfold before my eyes
worlds of clouds

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah those mysterious and magical worlds unfolding before your eyes in blue sky speckled with clouds. Clouds like landscapes in which mountain-peaks reach for the sun. Fantasy worlds with strange rivers, trees and animals ... all fantastic images. Maybe this is not really daydreaming, but it certainly feels like that.

In her saijiki Jane gives a few examples of haiku themed 'day dreming' . And here are a few of her example-haiku for this modern kigo:

as if alive
the surf rolls a log
on the beach

a trail
to the sea horizon
her vision

© Jane Reichhold

Two beauties as I may say so. Especially the 2nd haiku I like very much. That last 'her vision' is really awesome. It points directly to day dreaming and I like that scene which Jane paints with her words. It will not be easy to 'catch' daydreaming into an all new haiku therefore I have chosen to write my haiku in the 'baransu' style starting with the first line of the above haiku by myself.

mysterious landscapes
hidden behind the thin mist
a rooster crows

© Chèvrefeuille

Do you see my daydream? Isn't it wonderful?

Another one:

eyes wide open
my mind takes a flight with my imagination
a gathering of poets

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … a nice theme I would say … just daydream your response my dear Haijin. It’s up to you now to create a haiku, tanka or other kind of Japanese poetry.

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  1. It's great to be back, Kristjaan. I have missed you. Congratulations on the Eighth Anniversary of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. As usual, I enjoyed reading your wonderful haiku.

    1. Thank you. It was a sad time with Covid and I had hoped to make this a festive month, but we have a new Covid outbreak here in The Netherlands.
      Last week I didn't have time to post on CDHK, just because of my work as a nurse. I hope this last week will be a little bit more like a celebration.