Friday, August 29, 2014

Carpe Diem Haiga Festival #3, "autumn"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

An all new episode of Carpe Diem's "Haiga Festival" (maybe you know it from our CDHK Special weblog) is here. Not so long ago today I posted a new post on my Wordpress weblog "Chèvrefeuille's Haiku" and that post (a haibun-like post) brought me this idea to bring the "Haiga Festival" of CDHK Special weblog to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I think I will do this sometimes more, exchanging Special features from CDHK Special weblog to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. That will make us stronger as a family of haiku-poets. And our special features can be challenging ...

The goal of this special feature is to compose a haiga (picture + haiku) inspired on a given prompt in this episode that will be "autumn" and here is my haiga on "autumn".

This Planetree stands in the middle of my street and is in a way the heart of our street. As you look closer to the haiga you can spot the first yellow leaves between the green ones.

This episode of CD's "Haiga Festival" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Friday September 12th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #48, Suzanne's "autumn's last show"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

After one week without a Tan Renga Challenge it's time for a new Tan Renga Challenge. The goal of this Tan Renga Challenge is to write a second stanza of two lines (7-7 syllables) towards a given haiku (the first stanza of three lines) by one of our participants or another wellknown haiku-poet (classic and non-classic). For this week I have chosen a haiku written by Suzanne of Cutting to the Chase. She wrote this haiku in response on our first Basho haiku last July.

Here is her haiku, the first stanza of our Tan Renga:

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn’s last show

© Suzanne

A gorgeous haiku I think and a great starting-point for this Tan Renga Challenge. To write the second stanza you need to associate on a theme from Suzanne's haiku e.g. 'drifting leaves'. By the way, the classical syllables count for the second stanza is 7-7, but you don't have to use that. 

Credits: Autumn leaves meet snow
Here is my attempt to write a second stanza:

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
- autumn's last show                              (Suzanne)

colorful leaves dancing
accompanied by the first snow                (Chèvrefeuille)

A nice continuation ... in which I associated on the drifting leaves and on autumn's last show. Well ... it's up to you now ... have fun. Share your completed/continued Tan Renga with us all here at our Haiku Kai.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday September 5th at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem #549, Dreams

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We all have dreams, our prompt for today. Once I had a dream to become an Oncology-nurse as I am now. Once I had a dream to write and publish a novel. Well ... I did. I wrote two novels and the first novel I wrote is now being translated in to English and will be set on the market in the USA. Once I had a dream to become wellknown with my poetry, my passion, haiku and that also became true. In 2012 I started this daily haiku-meme and it's still there and I think Carpe Diem Haiku Kai has become a great opportunity for haiku-poets around the globe to write and share their haiku with the world.
You also will have dreams. Tell us something about it in your post for today's prompt. Do you have dreams which haven't come true? I have another dream. I hope to be your host at Carpe Diem for a long time, at least for the next three years so that I can celebrate our first lustrum in October 2017 .... we will see if Carpe Diem will become five years ...

Khalil Gibran had for sure dreams too, did he fullfill his dreams ... I don't know, but I think he did. In his "Sand and Foam" we can read several 'verses' about dreams and I love to share a few of them here for your inspiration.

[...] "How can I lose faith in the justice of life, when the dreams of those who sleep upon feathers are not more beautiful than the dreams of those who sleep upon the earth?" [...]

[...] "The flowers of spring are winter’s dreams related at the breakfast table of the angels". [...]

[...] "I would not be the least among men with dreams and the desire to fulfill them, rather than the greatest with no dreams and no desires".[...]

Sakura in full bloom
Wonderful 'verses', that second is one of my favorites and I think close to our beloved haiku. Isn't it wonderful to have dreams? And isn't it wonderful to see them become true?

breakfast with angels
as spring is starting after the cold -
flowering trees

© Chèvrefeuille

Wouldn't that be awesome? To have breakfast with angels while we look down on Earth seeing how nature is starting to become green again and see the flowers bloom in all colors? Imagine it ...

after the dark winter
cherry trees are blooming again
Ah! what a joy!

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope this post inspires you to write new haiku. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 1st at noon (CET). I will post our next episode, the last of this wonderful month, beggar, later on. By the way I have published our new prompt-list for September you can find it HERE. For now ... have fun!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carpe Diem's Little Creatures #3, Seri

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies as we all will agree I think, so it's already time for a new episode of our "Little Creatures"-feature and after two episodes about little insects, this episode is about little plants and flowers e.g. Sheperd's Purse as we can read in this haiku by Basho (1644-1694):

furu hata ya nazuna hana saku kakine kana

if you look closely
a sheperd's purse flowering
underneath the hedge

(c) Matsuo Basho (Tr. Tim Chilcott)

Credits: Sheperd's Purse

Isn't it gorgeous this little Sheperd's Purse? That also is a "Little Creature", a creation of God. This above haiku by Basho is almost as famous as his "frog-pond" haiku is. It shows the mastership of Basho in looking closely to the world around him even the smallest creatures (insects and flowers/plants) on Earth.

As I was preparing this new episode of "Little Creatures" I ran into a wonderful haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784):

furudera ya hôroku suteru seri no naka

ncient temple
clay pot tossed around
in the seri (*)  field

© Buson (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)
(*) Seri = Oenanthe javanica = water dropwort

Seri (source not found)
Seri is one of the seven sacred herbs of spring which are used in the spring festival "Nanakusa no Sekku" or "The Festival of Herbs". It happens to be that the Sheperd's Purse, in the haiku by Basho, also is one of the Seven Sacred Herbs of Spring. What a coincedence that I have used both in the same post.

Well enough ... time for haiku-ing and so here is my haiku for this episode of Little Creatures:

in the meadow
peeling the leaves of daisies,
does she loves me?

© Chèvrefeuille

What a cute haiku, I saw this right in front of me and I just had to compose a haiku ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 4th at noon (CET). For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your "Little Creatures"-haiku with us all.

Carpe Diem Special #104, Jim Kacian's 5th "harvest dusk"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This Carpe Diem month is running to it's end and today we have our 5th (and last) haiku written by our featured haiku-poet, Jim Kacian, for your inspiration. He has written wonderful haiku as we have seen this month and I hope you all have enjoyed it and of course I hope that I have given you all a image of Jim and his haiku-passion.
I will thank Jim Kacian that I had the possibility to use his haiku for this month and I hope that I can use more haiku written by him in the future. Thanks Jim ... you're the best.

harvest dusk--
sitting in the wheelbarrow
with the potatoes

©  Jim Kacian

A memorable haiku: one that offers more than a whimsical irony. It may be day's end, and a tired worker needs to ‘sit a spell’ or perhaps a sleepy child is getting a ride home! Whatever the interpretation, an aura of oneness is suggested in the nexus between the land, toil, and our survival. It is a stunning and even painterly image, reminiscent of Van Gogh's early work depicting peasant life.

Isn't it a wonderful haiku? I found this one at the website of the Haiku International Association (HIA) and you can find it HERE
Now it's up to you to write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one by Kacian and in the same sense, tone and spirit as that haiku. Here is my attempt:

eating potatoes
together with my family
on the porch

on the porch
after a good dinner, - at sunset
the song of birds

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this post and I hope it will inspire you to write haiku. This was our last haiku by Jim Kacian ... it was a great journey.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until August 31st at noon (CET). I will post our next episode, dreams, later on.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carpe Diem #548, Traveler

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another day to discover Khalil's "Sand and Foam" and today we will see a total different meaning of what I am always write in my greeting here, traveler(s). At first I thought of the gipsies, who call them self 'travelers' so my first focus is on them.

Travellers (or Travelers) have a nomadic life in their history. Nowadays they stay on one place, but once it was a tarveling group of people, that's why they call them self 'travellers'. They had all mobile houses and were tracking from the one place to the other ... There are travelers all over the world, but mainly this post is about the Irish travelers.
Credits: Travelers
The historical origins of Irish Travellers as an ethnic group has been a subject of academic and popular debate. Such discussions have been difficult as Irish Travellers left no written records of their own. They may be of Romani extraction, although this theory is disputed by some, and theories of pre-Celt origin also exist. Ten percent of the Gammon language comes from Romani, however the majority of its words derive from Celtic.
In 2011 an analysis of DNA from 40 Travellers was undertaken at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and the University of Edinburgh. The study provided evidence that Irish Travellers are a distinct Irish ethnic minority, who separated from the settled Irish community at least 1000 years ago; the claim was made that they are distinct from the settled community as Icelanders are from Norwegians. Even though all families claim ancient origins, not all families of Irish Travellers date back to the same point in time; some families adopted Traveller customs centuries ago, while others did so more recently. It is unclear how many Irish Travellers would be included in this distinct ethnic group at least from a genetic perspective.
There has been a wide range of theories speculating their origins such as that they were descended from those Irish who were made homeless by Oliver Cromwell's military campaign in Ireland in the 1650s, or possibly from the people made homeless in the 1840s famine due to eviction, or the descendants of aristocratic nomads the Clan Murtagh O'Connors in the Late Middle Ages. Their nomadism was based on cattle-herds or creaghts. (Source: Wikipedia)
Credits: Travellers (2)
A wonderful culture I think and they have evolved during the decades ... and they are followed in several TV-shows (at least here in The Netherlands).

Ok ... back to our prompt, traveler, for today. I think you have already understand that 'traveler' is the prompt for today. Traveling as in traveling is going away for a vacation or short trip, or traveling to work. But traveling can also mean that we are on a journey into ourselves ... on the route to our Inner Self and that's were Khalil's 'verse' is about.


[...] "A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul". [...]

And this is so true, as you all know we are busy with our Carpe Diem Vision Quest and that quest is very close to this 'verse' by Khalil. And I hope this 'verse' will inspire you to travel deeper into your self seeking for the Inner Self.

a new journey
along the roads of God's Creation
seeking the truth within

seeking the truth within
the road like the Honeysuckle (*) bush
a new journey

© Chèvrefeuille

(*) Honeysuckle's deeper meaning is "searching for the Inner Self".

Honeysuckle (the English for my pseudonym Chèvrefeuille)
This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 30th at noon (CET). I will post our next episode, our last CD Special, a haiku by Jim Kacian, later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem's Vision Quest 1 day 3 (the last day) "deep silence"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here it is our last (third) day of this first Vision Quest in which the goal is to write a new haiku after meditating and contemplating about a given haiku and to respond within 24 hours. I hadn't thought this would be that great as it has become. Thank you all for participating in this first edition of Carpe Diem's Vision Quest.

Here is our last haiku to inspire you on this Vision Quest:

evening walk
the sound of a wind chime
deep silence

© Chèvrefeuille
Well ... it's a nice haiku (if I may say so) to end this Vision Quest with. I hope that you liked it (please let me know) and I hope to see you all again somewhere in November as we are doing this Vision Quest again. For now ... have fun!

This episode of our Vision Quest is open for your submissions tonight at 6.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 28th 6.00 PM (CET). 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Carpe Diem's Vision Quest #1 day 2, "An empty shell"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What an unexpected success this new feature "Vision Quest" I hadn't thought that it would be that great. By the way CD's Vision Quest is a challenge of three days, today we have our second day of this new feature. Tomorrow will follow the third (and last) day of this three-days Vision Quest.

Here is our second haiku for this first Carpe Diem Vision Quest. (See for details here). Remember that you have only 24 hours to submit your inspired haiku. I have found another nice haiku written by myself for our second day of the Vision Quest:

next to my footprint
the empty shell of a hermit crab -
Ah! what a sadness

(c) Chèvrefeuille (2012)

Be inspired and share your "quick"-write haiku here with us all. You have to respond before August 27th 6.00 PM (CET). I will post our last day of this Vision Quest (the third haiku) at that same time. Have fun!

Ghost Writer post not scheduled

Good day dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week I have no Ghost Writer Post, I had hoped to publish a new GW-post today, but that's not going to happen. Instead of our GW-post we will have our Vision Quest.
Next week I will have a new GW-post ... and it will be an extraordinary one ...

Warm greetings,


Monday, August 25, 2014

Carpe Diem's "Vision Quest" #1 day 1 "New Moon"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I think I have created an all new and wonderful feature in which I challenge you to 'quick'-write a new haiku or senryu. In this new feature I will give three days in a roll a haiku for your inspiration. Sounds easy? Maybe it is easy, but the difficulty is in the time you may use to write a new haiku ... just 24 hours.
I have called it Carpe Diem's Vision Quest and I think that's what it is. Let me first tell you a little bit more about what a Vision Quest is.

A Vision Quest is a rite of passage, similar to an initiation, in some Native American cultures. It is a turning point in life taken before puberty to find oneself and the intended spiritual and life direction. It's an ancient way to find your Inner Self and what your task is for this life in the way of opening your eyes to the spiritual world.

Credits: Vision Quest
Of course this is not really what our "Vision Quest" is meant for. The goal is to 'learn' how you, as a haiku-poet, can see the beauty of the moment on which the haiku is based.
For this new feature, which will take three days, I will give one haiku a day for your inspiration. Meditate and contemplate over it, try to see the scene and find the deeper meaning. If you have done that write/compose a new haiku or senryu (no tanka, kyoka, haibun or other form) inspired on the scene and deeper meaning of the given haiku/senryu.
For this feature you have just 24 hours to respond, so tn three days, you have to write three new haiku or senryu. There is no prompt, just the haiku, which you can use for your inspiration. Carpe Diem's Vision Quest will take place once in a season. So this first episode is for summer.
Our next Vision Quests are in:

November 2014 (autumn)
February 2015 (winter)
May 2015 (spring)

After that fourth Vision Quest I will look if I will continue with it or not.

Credits; Vision Quest
For this first Carpe Diem Vision Quest I have chosen three haiku written by myself. I hope you all will like this new feature.
In your response post I hope to read which scene you saw, which deeper meaning it revealed to you and of course your inspired haiku or senryu.

Here is our first haiku/senryu for the first day of this first Vision Quest:

new moon
she, our moon will grow again
a new life cycle

© Chèvrefeuille (2012)

A nice one to start with I think. You have to respond before August 26th at 6.00 PM (CET); I will publish our second day of this Vision Quest around that same time.
For now ... go on your Vision Quest explore the scene and the deeper meaning in your mind and share your inspired haiku with us all. Have a great Vision Quest!