Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Carpe Diem #1068 camellia

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In this penultimate episode I have a nice series of haiku for you extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku" by Jane Reichhold. Today our prompt is camellia and I think we have had that prompt earlier in our existence.

Here are the haiku by Jane for your inspiration:

a camellia
floating in our conversation
unspoken thoughts

curved petals
from the camellia-scented candle
dripping wax

knocked off by rain
camellias bloom again
in the puddles

© Jane Reichhold

A short episode, but I had not enough time to create a big post.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 3rd at noon (CET). I will publish our last episode of September, leafless trees, later on. For now .... have fun!

PS. I have published our new promptlist for October, in which we will celebrate our 4th anniversary.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Carpe Diem #1067 poetry reading

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What an awesome day we have here today in The Netherlands, autumn has started, but temperatures are rising to almost 25 degrees Celsius. It's really a joy to walk the dog today and be in the garden reading poetry.

Everyone of us will have certainly read poetry, if not, than you have missed something I think. It's a joy to sit down with a cup of coffee, or another drink and read poetry. To me reading poetry, as is the prompt for today extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku", reading poetry is almost a daily task. As I visit you all an read your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form than my day is good. Of course I don't have time enough to stay on track with all of your beautiful submissions, but ... well creating CDHK takes a lot of my time.

Reading Poetry
Reading poetry you can do everywhere, outside in nature, on a bench in the park, on the veranda, or in the warmth of your home.

Reading haiku is a different "piece of cake". Haiku our passion, or tanka, is so short that you have to read the same haiku (or tanka) several times. It's like what Basho once said: "Say your poem a thousand times to hear if its a good one" or something like that. You have to read haiku aloud to hear the sequence, the breaks and more. So if you read haiku (or tanka) say them aloud ... listen to its sound, hear the beauty, feel the atmosphere, see the scene, taste the scene and touch the scene. You need all your senses to read haiku. Try it .... just try it.

Here is a short video on haiku and in this video you can "hear" how the haiku is spoken aloud to feel the scene. It's a nice video ... enjoy:

Reading poetry ... or in our case .... reading haiku (tanka) is an art "an sich", take your time to read your own haiku ....

Here is an example of poetry reading extracted from the online version of Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku":

book of poems
on each page fingerprints
of a soul

© Jane Reichhold

In her printed version you can find a wealth of haiku on reading poetry, but I don't have it at hand at the moment so I just had to use the online version.

leaves are whispering

© Chèvrefeuille (Santoka Taneda's "free-style")

on the beach
I read my haiku aloud
seagulls cry

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope you are inspired ... and I hope I have triggered you to read haiku aloud and become one with the haiku.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 2nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Camellia, later on. Have fun!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Carpe Diem #1066 beach

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am busy with creating our new prompt-list for next month, October. In this month we will celebrate our 4th anniversary and I think I have created a wonderful list to make this month a real celebration. I hope to publish our new list later on this week.

Today our modern kigo for inspiration is, a not so common one for the time of year we are now in (virtually) winter .... and that makes it a modern kigo I think. Agaian I have chosen a few haiku by Jane Reichhold which she created as examples for our prompt of today ... beach ...

Winter beach
And here are the haiku by Jane to inspire you:

the beach is clean
with new driftwood
winter storms

the cold wind
now part of the day
at the beach

winter beach
widened by the tide
and a lone gull

the swish of surf
falling snowflakes
have a sound 

winter beach
in thin white clouds
thoughts of snow

February sun
lying on the nude beach
fully clothed

All wonderful, the last three are extracted from the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku".

Winter beach

The beach in winter ... here in The Netherlands walking on the beach is mostly like wrestling against the wind. Winter's are wet and cold and mostly without snow ...

the beach covered with foam
last night's storm

torn apart clothes
thrown against a beach pole
a winter's love

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it is now up to you. I hope Jane and I have inspired you.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, poetry reading, later on. For now .... have fun!

Carpe Diem Special #220 Orion, a haibun by Dolores Fegan our featured haiku poetess

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's with a kind of sadness that I publish our last CD-Special for this month. Dolores, our winner of the "prayers' - kukai, is a very gifted poetess and I have already the content for her exclusive CDHK e-book which I have titled "First Magnolia Bloom". Her E-book is almost ready and than I will prepare it for downloading here at CDHK.

Dolores, as I discovered recently, has a wonderful haibun-blog om Medium and therefore I love to share a haibun written by her and extracted from her Medium blog "Haibun Journey - View From My Window". It's a nice haibun and it fits our regular prompt "stars" in a great way. Enjoy the read.


From my window far overhead and through the trees I can see the constellation Orion. It is clear enough to make out the hilt on his belt. His bow raised high in the sky. I remember my father teaching me the names of the constellations and the stars that made them up. I do not recall all the names, but am forever blessed with fond memories.
winter hunter
stalking the night sky
bow aimed high

my father
points out the night sky
my hand in his
© Dolores Fegan

A wonderful haibun ... and now it is up to you to create haiku, tanka or a haibun inspired on this beauty by Dolores. Have fun!

Here is a haibun from my archives, titled "autumn moon"


departing summer
days become shorter -
the full moon

The above haiku expresses my feelings in the fall. It is now September and fall will soon come. Each season has its charm, but my heart beats more rapidly as autumn approaches. Autumn, the season of renunciation. Saying goodbye to summer and get ready for winter. The trees lose their leaves, after they have had all the colors you can imagine.

The days are getting shorter, the weather changes in to rough rains and storms.

Saying goodbye ... surely that is the keyword for fall.

From the haiku tradition, the moon is at its most beautiful in the fall. Living in Japan this thought is at least very strong. Here in the West moon viewing is best in winter. Maybe that's true, but ... I'm just a Western haiku poet who is really oriented on the east and therefore more at home with the thoughts that the autumn moon is the best.

I like the moon in autumn. I can enjoy the sight of the moon, our natural satellite. In autumn the moon is mysterious and can work miracles. That feeling I expressed in the above haiku, but also in many other haiku.

light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last ... autumn
© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET). I will post our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

Carpe Diem #1065 stars

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

September is running towards its end, so our tribute to Jane month ends almost. In the last few weeks we found our inspiration in the modern kigo for New Year, Spring, Summer and Autumn extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku".
In this last week of September we have only one season to go, winter. So all our prompts for this week are modern kigo for winter. Our prompt for today I think is wonderful, but not exclusively for winter although ... in winter the air is thin and bright so in winter we can see the stars better than in the other seasons.
Rise like a phoenix
Stars ... what to say about stars? Maybe its a coincidence, but last year (2015) September 26th we had a nice episode about "Phoenix", a constellation and as I was preparing this episode I looked back at that episode and extracted my haiku from that episode to share here again.

like a phoenix
the sun rises every day again
conquering the night
phoenix spreads its wings
after the dark cold winter night
finally spring
© Chèvrefeuille
What an awesome month that was back in 2015, but let us go now into the future, today our prompt is stars and these are the haiku which Jane Reichhold created as examples for this modern kigo for winter.
the dust of stars'
shining radiance
a few flakes
still falling
soul bathing
in hot springs
desert stars

cold stars
dropping into the ocean

before one star
beams from the lighthouse
search the sky
into the sky
notes from the harp
light stars
All wonderful haiku (by Jane) extracted from both the printed version and the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku". 
I hope all these beauties have inspired you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form. I wasn't inspired enough, so I re-share a haiga which I created back in April.

And here are two tanka, not really my "cup of tea", but sometimes I love to use that form and I think this "cascading" tanka is nice to share here.

the heavenly river
seen in the middle of the night
giving birth
to billions of stars
the Milky Way
through the broken window
I think of Galileo Galilei -
the sun in the middle
Earth is dancing around him -
the heavenly river
© Chèvrefeuille
Well ... I hope you did like this episode and that Jane (and maybe me) have inspired you to write /create a new haiku or tanka.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET), I will (try to) publish our new episode, beach, later on. Have fun!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Carpe Diem #1064 driftwood

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I am on the nightshift, so I will not publish a big post today. In this month for Jane I have the prompts extracted from her modern saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today's prompt driftwood is from the autumn livelihood section.

I wasn't easy to create an episode on driftwood, but I found another nice haiku poet, John Stevenson, who wrote the following haiku on "driftwood", a nice one I think:

winter beach
a piece of driftwood
charred at one end

© John Stevenson (1948 -)

Driftwood ... as I was searching for more on driftwood I ran into wonderful pieces of art made from driftwood ... but I like the "natural" driftwood more.

Here is the haiku extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku" which Jane wrote as an example for this modern kigo "driftwood":

sweater gray in
brown tones

© Jane Reichhold

I didn't know how to translate this word "driftwood", but after some research I understand what this "driftwood" is and than I ran into a few other haiku on "driftwood" by Jane Reichhold. And of course I love to share them here also for your inspiration:

high tide
the secret script
of driftwood scraps

on the island
no one goes to
among driftwood


up and down
driftwood lairs of lovers
come and go
© Jane Reichhold

And I found another nice one, but that one I have used at our "Tribute To Jane" tumblr.

I like this modern kigo, but I also found it very difficult to create a haiku with it, but I have given it a try and came up with this one, not a haiku, but a tanka:
strolling over the beach
beachcombing lovers
looking for driftwood
secret place for lust
tasting her salty skin
© Chèvrefeuille
Hmm ... I don't know ... tanka isn't really my "cup of tea". I hope Jane has inspired you.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 30th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, stars, later on and our last CD-Special by Dolores. For now ... have fun! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Carpe Diem #1063 butterfly

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you have noticed maybe I had a kind of delay yesterday and couldn't publish on time, so here is our second episode and than we are back on track.

Today we have a prompt which we have seen here very often and recently we had a nice Tokubetsudesu episode on Ese in which we could read several beauties in which butterflies played the leading role. Today our prompt is butterfly.

Butterflies are synonymous with change, metamorphosis, lightness, growth, messengers of the gods ... so there is a broad range of themes in wghich we can use this modern kigo "butterfly", however "butterfly" is also a classical kigo, the only thing that's different is that the modern kigo "butterfly" is for autumn and the classical kigo "butterfly" is for summer.

As I started preparing this episode I first thought of that beautiful haiku by Moritake:

a fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
but no, a butterfly
© Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) (Tr. Steven D. Carter)
Why came this haiku in mind? Well ... when I was doing my research for this prompt I ran into a beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold in which the same idea, the riddle, is used. So I just had to share that haiku here with you:
a falling leaf
up from the earth
a matching butterfly

© Jane Reichhold
Do you see the "riddle" in this one? It's the same as in the haiku by Moritake.
And here are a few other examples of this modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku":

yet the monarch takes time
to visit me

white butterfly
afternoon Sunshine
slides away

© Jane Reichhold

Butterfly on Lycoris
Today I have chosen to share a tanka with you inspired on the beautiful haiku by Jane Reichhold:

Pygmalion's lesson
every man and woman has to be
like a caterpillar
growing to the next level
become a butterfly
© Chèvrefeuille
And a haiku from my archives:
fragile wings
pointing the way to transformation -
the summer breeze
© Chèvrefeuille
Inspiration enough I would say (smiles) ... I am looking forward to all of your wonderful haiku and tanka.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 29th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, driftwood, later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem #1062 Candles

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this belated episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, there were a few circumstances which took my time, so my excuses for the delay.

Today our prompt is candles and it's extracted from Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku" (the printed version). As I started preparing this episode a haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784) came in mind:

shokunohiwo shokuni utsusuya harunoyuu

one candle
gives its light to another -
spring evening

© Yosa Buson (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

Candlelight ... brings warmth and happiness, but also fear because of the shadows it casts on walls or reflections in the window. Candlelight to me means however romance, warmth, love and more positive feelings.

candles in the moonlight
Here are the haiku examples by Jane Reichhold for this modern kigo of autumn, in these haiku you will also see the classical kigo "moon" (tsuki):

lighting a candle
the moon slips away
in a smoky cloud

replacing the candle
the full moon comes
in the window

into the dawn burns
a candle

© Jane Reichhold

All wonderful haiku with the modern kigo "candle" and the classic kigo "moon" what a beautiful symbiosis ...

Yellow Chrysanthemums

Another haiku by Yosa Buson, makes this complete I think:

teshokushite iro ushinaeru kigikukana
in the light from the candle held
their color lost--
yellow chrysanthemums
© Yosa Buson (Tr. William R. Nelson)
What to say more about this modern kigo "candle"? Do I need to create a haiku myself on this modern kigo? Or ...

the light of the candle
on her face

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope that Jane and Buson inspired you to create haiku or tanka. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 29th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, butterfly, also today.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Delayed post

Dear Haijin, visitors and travellers,

During circumstances I will post our new episode 'candles ' later than planned.
Sorry for the delay.


Chèvrefeuille your host.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #1061 waterfall

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today autumn starts and that means it is September 22nd, the autumn equinox. So our prompts this week fit the time of year. Our prompt for today is waterfall and it is extracted from the online version of Jane's "A Dictionary of Haiku" on her personal website.
As I was creating this episode I thought back to the start of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Why? Because the first prompt ever on CDHK was "waterfall". I even remembered the haiku which I used to inspire you:

waterfall of colors
leaves whirl through the street -
departing summer

© Chèvrefeuille

It was also a haiku of autumn, so this cannot be a coincidence, this must be the spirit of Jane.

We have had "waterfall" as prompt several times here at CDHK, so (again) a reprise episode? Well ... to me that's okay and I hope you all don't mind too.

Let me give you the haiku by Jane to inspire you:

red rock waterfall
into emerald pools
cedar incense
water blackened rocks
falling with the waterfall
some of them
chipped rock
the shape of water
white rim
on black rock light falling
with the water
© Jane Reichhold
And here is my response on these beauties by Jane. I first thought to use one of my archives, but finally I decided to re-create an oldie into a new one. In this haiku I have sought to use the "free-style" way of Santoka Taneda.
the waterfall
ah! that sound ...


© Chèvrefeuille
I hope Jane has inspired you all to create haiku, tanka or an other Japanese poetry form.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, candles, later on. Have fun!