Sunday, July 4, 2021

Carpe Diem #1847 Renga With Jane Reichhold +++ Dancing Lights (Renga: Juunichoo)

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well ... I am getting the vibe again and I hope you all will have fun and joy again here at our wonderfull Haiku Kai. Earlier today I published our first episode for July 2021 and I hope to be here every day again, except de weekends.

Today I was reading in one of Jane Reichhold's Poetry Collections and immediately thought "It's Time Again For A Renga With Jane". So I took a dive into her wonderful dictionary of haiku and extracted a nice series of haiku from "Summer", "Celestial". I gathered six (6) beautiful haiku about clouds to challenge you all with.

Renga, or chained poem, is a nice way of collaborate poetry. The goal is to add your six(6) two lined strofes to the given haiku written by Jane through association.

I will give you six(6) haiku, you can decide which haiku you use to start with, the hokku. Remember that the goal of a renga is to create a "closed circle" of haiku, so the ageku (closing verse) has to be related to the first haiku you used.

Here are the six (6) haiku by Jane Reichhold:

beach tent billows
in the summer blue
white clouds

desert sounds
out of the sun's way
clouds moving

morning downpour
raised to new heights
afternoon clouds

dancing lights
clouds sprinkle the sun
across water

clouds
colored by open wall
a driftwood lair

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

By adding your two-lined strofes you create a so called "Juunichoo", a 12 verse renga.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 9th at 10:00 pm (CEST). You can add your Juunichoo, your Renga with Jane, to the linking widget hidden in our logo below. Enjoy!


Carpe Diem #1846 Trying to restart again

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Haiku Kai. This time I hope really to restart our Haiku Kai by posting on weekdays.

For this episode I have chosen the title "Trying To Restart Again" and I really hope it will be that way. Restarting is something we all know or have had experiences with I think. For example: After the bankrupcy of the hospital were I was working I had to restart at a new facility of healthcare. It took some time to adjust to that new workplace, but now (2,5 years further) I have adjusted and I even could change several things in the policy of the facility.


Or ... after the death of my mom I had to adjust to a new kind of living. That took more of my time, because I am the only one left now of my family, say "an orphan" now. Ofcourse I have my own family together with my wife and children, but the family in which I grew up isn't no longer there.

Two examples of restarting your life. That's the idea behind this theme for today's episode.

a new day rises
birds praising their Creator -
the cry of a baby

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 9th at 10:00 pm (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget hidden in our logo below.


Friday, June 18, 2021

Carpe Diem #1845 Troiku Challenge: Summertime

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry it didn't go very well. I had hoped to post every day again, but don't have time enough. So today I decided to create you a new Troiku Challenge. More about Troiku you can find in the menu above.

I have chosen the theme Summertime for this Troiku Challenge, because here in The Netherlands we have a very warm, say hot, time with temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius, so yes it is Summertime here.


Summertime: Sun bathing, warm weather, heatwave, beaches and more to associate with Summertime. But for this episode it's just a haiku written by me, your host, to work with.

at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

© Chèvrefeuille

The shortest night will be this weekend, than summer really starts on the Northern Hemisphere.

I think this haiku is great to create a Troiku with. Enjoy my dear Haijin.

This Troiku Challenge will be open until June 23rd 10:00 PM (CEST). You can add your submission to the linking widget below, hidden in our logo.


Monday, June 7, 2021

Carpe Diem #1844 Returning Back To Normal (I Hope)

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Long time no see. yes I know the Covid pandemic made me decide to set our wonderful Haiku Kai on hold, but now ... 

Here in The Netherlands slowly we return to a normal life. Covid seems to be going away slowly and finally we can go to a pub or restaurant again. 

It has been a strange time and a tough time for me (and a lot of other healthcare workers), but now I think I can create our Haiku Kai again and I hope you all will be with me again.

Today, June 7th, I hope to start again with my daily posts, except the weekends. No special theme this month just trying to bring back the happiness of creating Haiku. So today ... we are going on a quest for a (new) Masterpiece.


Maybe you remember this feature, maybe not, but the goal is to create an all (new) Masterpiece, as for ecxample that world famous haiku by Matsuo Basho, the frogpond.

Today I love to share the above haiku with you all to inspire you. I think it fits our theme for today "Returning Back To Normal". Isn't that the goal of a pilgrimage? To find your way back to your Inner Self?

Enjoy the quest for a new masterpiece!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Carpe Diem #1843 Troiku Challenge 1: Mist Clouds


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but that had to do with being very busy in health and because of circumstances in my family. Now I am trying to "re-start" our wonderful Haiku Kai, the place to be if you like Japanese Poetry forms such as Haiku and Tanka.

To "restart" I have chosen to first publish only once a week. Mostly that will be on Wednesday, but it can be that I post on another day.


As you noticed ... today I introduce to you all a new feature titled "Carpe Diem Troiku Challenge". As you all know several years ago I invented this new creative way of writing haiku. Troiku comes from two words "troika" and "haiku".

The Troika is a Russian sledge pulled by three horses and a haiku has three lines. The goal is to create a Troiku, that means you have to create a new haiku with every separated line of the haiku. So you start with a haiku as the "sledge", with every line you create a new haiku, that means three haiku "the horses". More about this creative way of haiku-ing you can find above in the menu.

For this first episode of our new feature Carpe Diem Troiku Challenge I will give you a haiku to work with. In other words "I give you the sledge" and you have to create the "horses". I have chosen a beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold.

roaring down the beach
at the height of winter waves
mist clouds

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Your task is: Create a Troiku with this haiku ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Tuesday February 9th at 10:00 PM (CET). Have fun!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Extra 2021 January 14th

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted in here. It's a very strange time for me. First there is the Covid pandemic. As you all know I am a nurse, so this time is very busy for us workers in healthcare. Than I have to tell you a sad experience I recently have had.

As you (maybe) know my mom lives in a nursing home for the eldery people, because she suffers from dementia. Back in December 2019 I had to make that choice. Fortunately my mom could come to the nursing home were I work myself as a head nurse.


 My mom (1930-2021)


Unfortunately my mom got Covid and on January 5th she died. Today (January 14th) we had her funeral. It's sad, but I cherish and carress all the beautiful memories my mom and I have made. My mom was 90 yrs and now she is reunited with my dad, who died back in 2016.

sweet perfume
memories of a loved one
Jasmine blossom

© Yozakura 

With this haiku written by Yozakura I end this Extra episode. 

You all will understand that I will not be online often. Not only because of my work, but also because of trying to cope with the loss of my mom.

Namasté,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Carpe Diem #1842 End Of Year

 


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

The year 2020 is almost over. What a year it was. The pandemic, corona, and the tough times healthcare had (and still has). Even here at our wonderful Haiku Kai, we have had our lockdown and, how sorry I am for it, we still have that lockdown here at CDHK.

As you all know I am an oncology nurse and covid-19 takes all my energy and now it is even more worse, because my Mom has Covid-19 too. She is almost 91 and I am worried about her. As you (maybe) know, my Mom lives in a nursing home for the elderly, because of her dementia, and she lives in the nursing home were I am working myself.

In our nursing home we have a very big covid-19 outbreak and that makes that I really don't know how and when I can start posting our daily posts again.

It makes me sad, but ... well it is out of my hands, I cannot control what is happening at the moment in the world and in my personal life.

If I look back ... than 2020 is a year we will always remember as the "corona-year" and as I look at myself, 2020 will be a year full of loss. At the nursing home we have lost a lot of our patients to Covid-19 and a lot of my co-workers, are suffering of Covid-19 too. We just have to do our work with almost one third less co-workers. So it is tough, very tough.

I really hope that 2021 will be a year in which we all can return to a (more) normal life without Covid-19. I really hope that you all, my dear Haijin, are okay and in good health. Take care my dear Haijin ... take care.

I wish you all a wonderful new year and I hope that 2021 will bring us joy again.


In classical Japan (following the Lunar calender) there was a fifth season ''New Year", and this season was from approximately 20 december 'til 20 January. I have a few haiku which have been written for this season:

the Great Morning:
winds of long ago
blow through the pine trees

© Onitsura

The Great Morning is the morning of New Year's Day.

for this New Year's Day
the sight we gaze upon shall be
Mount Fuji

© Sokan

And a last one:

the first sunrise
there is a cloud
like a cloud in a picture

© Shusai

All wonderful haiku on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.


And here are a few haiku by Issa and Basho:

my shadow too
in good health...
"Happy New Year!"

New Year's gift of tea--
where did you go
on your journey back to me?

© Issa

Both are wonderful "new year" haiku. Let me look at a few haiku by Basho on New Year:

has spring already come?
I feel wealthy this New Year
with five sho of old rice

New Year's Day
I feel lonely just like
an autumn evening

And what do you think of this one by Yozakura, the Wandering Spirit?

nothing changes
every day will be the same
this new year


A wonderful series of haiku about New Year's Eve of New Year's Day. Let those haiku inspire you:

after New Year's Eve
life hasn't changed a bit -
another year gone

listen! listen!
the sweet silence
the day after

New Year's Eve
fireworks enlightens the sky -
bad ghosts flee

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you enjoyed this episode of our Haiku Kai. And I hope you are inspired to create your own haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 7th at 10:00 PM (CET). Enjoy your New Year's Eve and I hope that 2021 will bring us more joy ...
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