Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carpe Diem #450, Balloon


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joyful day we have today ... this is our 450th episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem. I can't imagine what this will lead to. October 2012 I started with this daily haiku meme and I couldn't have dreamed that it would be still here ... alive and kicking ... thank you all for your participation without you all there was no Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.


Today we have our 450th prompt and that is a very festive one, namely Balloon, I do not place that only in spring, but ... well ...
Jane Reichhold did wrote the next haiku with this prompt:

a popped balloon
breath
a breeze again


(c) Jane Reichhold

A nicely written haiku .... and maybe this one says what it is to have this prompt, balloon, in spring. It refers to the soft spring breeze ...

Credits: Balloons
Must be easy to write a haiku about, don't you think so too? Well ... I tried, but I came up with nothing ... lack of inspiration maybe, but I have to try to come up with something.

a red balloon
stuck between the young green leaves -
finally it popped


(c) Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 20th 11.59 AM (CET). I will post our next episode, fasting, later on today. For now have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Carpe Diem #449, springs


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Did you know that we have had already 700 posts here at CDHK? Yesterday I published our 700th post ... that's a lot ...

As I am preparing this episode I have just published a new haiku about the moon at my wordpress-weblog because it's full moon. This full moon of April is also known as Pink Moon and Sprouting grass moon ... so maybe it's another nice kigo for this month, but the moon is a classic kigo ... so no moon prompt for today. Today we have another nice modern kigo for spring developed by Jane Reichhold. So let's go and do some haiku composing on todays prompt springs. By the way it's not as easy to write a haiku about springs as I thought, but of course I have to try it, but before that I love to share a haiku by Jane Reichhold with springs as kigo.


mountain spring
a damp breathing
from a rock

lips
sucking from the spring
a life sound


Hot Springs
Well ... I have to write a haiku as well about this springs ... so here we go.

hot springs hidden
deep inside the holy mountain
giving new life

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one, but I liked composing it and now it's up to you ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.

This epsiode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 19th 11.59 AM (CET). Our new episode, balloon, I will try to post later on today.


Carpe Diem's "Revise that haiku" #5, Shiki's "The snow has melted"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to challenge you all to 'revise' a classical haiku written by Shiki (1867-1902). I have done this earlier here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but that's a while ago, so ... let us try this again.

One of the most extraordinary things about nature, from the scientific and intellectual point of view, is its asymmetry. Life is asymmetrical in its essential character, and it is natural for us to rejoice in it, for it is the guarantee of our spiritual freedom. Even the Great Buddha, for all the Law of Karma and the inviolable Wheel of the Law, the snow melts irregularly. On the sunny side, the snow is gone; on the other, there still remains a white mantle. To our human eye at least, it is a secretly felt confirmation of our inner conviction that 'with God all things are possible'.
Where does this lead to? Well ... it's to show you the picture which is (can be) seen in the following haiku by Shiki, which we are going to revise.

Credits: Great Buddha covered with snow

Daibutsu no katahada no yuki toki ni keri

the snow has melted
on one shoulder
of the Great Buddha


(c) Shiki

As you all know in this special feature the goal is to revise the given haiku and write/compose a new one. Not an easy task and it needs some courage to revise a haiku by one of the greatest four haiku-poets ever (Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki), but ... well it challenges you to look in a different way to the classical haiku.

at the sunny side
the snow in the backyard has melted -
snowdrops are blooming


(c) Chèvrefeuille



What a joy. Notwithstanding the snow, the print of winter, new life conquers it. The snow is melting and the snowdrops, the first messengers of spring, are starting to bloom.

on the thin line
between day and night
both, moon and sun shine


(c) Chèvrefeuille

I hope you will take up this challenge and I love to encourage you all to 'revise' the haiku by Shiki.

This episode of 'Carpe Diem's Revise That Haiku' is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 30th 11.59 AM (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your revised 'Shiki-haiku' with us all here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
This post you can also find at my new weblog "Ancient Haiku-poets Revisited".


Monday, April 14, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #87, Soen Nakagawa's "One note of the Shakuhachi"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I love to share our third haiku written by our featured haiku-poet Soen Nakagawa (1907-1984). He wrote this haiku in the winter of 1938 ... I think it's a great one full of Zen as the most haiku written by him.
In this haiku he mentions the Shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown flute. The Shakuhachi originated from ancient China and was brought to Japan in the early Edo-period. It was made from bamboo and is used in the Suizen or Zen-Buddhistic blowing meditation.

Shakuhachi-player (woodblock)

The goal of this Special feature is to write a haiku in the same tune, sense and spirit as the one given. For this episode I have chosen the next haiku by Soen Nakagawa for your inspiration.

One note of the shakuhachi
resounds endlessly
piercing the winter clouds

(c) Soen Nakagawa

A wonderful, very meditative haiku, I think and I hope it will inspire you to write your own haiku in the spirit of Soen Nakagawa.

Here is my attempt to write a haiku in the same spirit as the one by Soen:

Krishna's flute
resonates through the mountains -
the cry of an eagle

(c) Chèvrefeuille

On that same weblog as were the picture of Krishna was taken from I found a wonderful poem, written by Shri Ramesh Sadasivam, about Krishna playing the flute. I love to share that with you all.

Hare Krishna...!
Let me be
the flute in your hands
Hollow inside...
Yet complete!
With many holes...
That I need not conceal!
Solid and safe
Peaceful and silent...
Let any sound
that comes from me
be music...!
And
Let that music be
only yours...
Let your divine lips
touch me...
and joyful music flow...!


What a wonderful poem ... may it help you for your inspiration to write a haiku for this Special. Isn't it wonderful ... two religions intwined in the same post?

This Special episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 18th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to post our new episode later on. That will be, springs, another nice modern kigo for the spring season. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.



Carpe Diem #448, Puddles


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are almost halfway our modern-kigo-for-spring-month and I have read wonderful haiku. This month it's all about modern kigo based on "A Dictionary of Haiku" written by Jane Reichhold and it's really a joy to use those modern kigo.
For today our modern kigo is puddles. Well ... this prompt don't needs explanation ... we are all familiar with puddles ... so let me give a few examples of haiku written on puddles by Jane Reichhold:

floating clouds
down from the mountain
a puddle of rain

rain drops
in a puddle crowns
of light jewels


Credits: Puddles

Awesome isn't it? This photo brings a lot of memories back. Didn't we all do that when we were children? Jumping in puddles until we were soaked? I even recall that I did that a few years ago while I was playing outside with my grandchildren. The oldest asked: "Granddad! May we jump in the puddles?" Of course I couldn't resist that question and I granted them permission to jump in the puddles. It was a joy and they were soaked 'til the bone. My youngest grandson asked me several minutes later if I would jump in the puddles with them. After some hesitation I laughed and jumped in the puddles myself with my grandsons ... 'til we were all soaked 'til the bone. It was fun and as we came home ... well we laughed again and drank hot chocolate-milk. What a joy ... to feel a kid again. Surely worth trying (smiles) to do the same as I did with my grandsons.

feeling a kid again
jumping in the puddles of spring -
soaked 'til the bone

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Jumping in Puddles

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 17th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to post our next episode, that will be a haiku by Nakagawa, our featured haiku-poet, later on today. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carpe Diem #447, Heat Shimmer


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to prepare another new episode for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. We are busy with modern kigo for spring based on Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku". Jane has made a completely new Saijiki (dictionary of kigo) with all modern kigo for all five seasons (New Year; Spring; Summer; Autumn and Winter). It has become a wonderful list of kigo as we already saw in this month.
Today our modern spring kigo is Heat Shimmer you all will know that phenomena in which it looks that the sky is shimmering like a Fata Morgana ... it's a phenomena which occurs as the earth is colder than the air. By the warmth of the sun the cold becomes visible through a shimmering, a vague image ... this we call Heat Shimmer.

Jane gives us the following example:

desert sounds
out of the sun

clouds moving

(c) Jane Reichhold

Heat Shimmer

It looks a bit spooky, but it has also its charm and mystery. It looks like a Fata Morgana don't you think so?

Here is my attempt to write a haiku on Heat Shimmer:

tonight my skin
will miss the spring heat
it seems colder


(c) Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it's up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, to write a haiku or senryu inspired on this prompt. Have fun.
This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 16th 11.59 AM (CET). And I will try to post our new episode, Puddles, later on today.By the way: Jen of Blog it or lose it is our fourth ghost-writer for our next Ghost Writer week next to Gillena, Cathy and Sky V. So I have just one place over for another Ghost-Writer. So if you would like to be Ghost-Writer for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai in our next Ghost Writer week ... please let me know. You can read more about the Ghost-Writer at the top of our weblog on the menu and in our Update post of April 12th



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Update our new ghost-writer week in May 2014


Dear haiku-family members,

What a joy it was to have our first ghost-writer week ... I am busy with preparing our prompt-list for next month and we will have a new ghost-writer week. Our second ghost-writer week will be from May 5th to May 9th and I have already three family-members who will do a ghost-writing week post so I need two other members.
Until now Gillena, Cathy and Sky V have said they will do a ghost-writing post.
By the way Sky ... Managua Gunn told me you would like to do a ghost-writing post I hope you don't mind.
In that week I will also give prompts ... which the ghost-writers don't have to use, but may use.
I would like to see your post before May 1st. You can email your ghost-writing post to our special emailadress: carpediemhaikukai@outlook.com

Please send your text and the pictures you love to use apart from eachother as attachment to your mail. Your text can be in Word or PDF.

Would you like to be a ghost-writer? Please let me know.

Warm greetings,

Kristjaan (a.k.a. Chèvrefeuille), your host at CDHK.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Carpe Diem #446, Beach

 

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Let's go on with our modern kigo of spring adventure based on Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today that kigo is beach. Jane gave the next examples:

beach diamonds
a new day crystallized
in sunny surf foam


morning
especially high on the beach
sleeper waves
(c) Jane Reichhold

And now it's up to us to write a haiku inspired on this prompt ... here is my attempt:

spring beach
children seeking shells -
thundering ground swell

(c) Chèvrefeuille

spring beach

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 15th 11.59 AM (CET). I will post our new episode. Heat Shimmer, later on today. For now have fun, be inspired and share your haiku, senryu with us all.

Namaste

Carpe Diem #445, Raindrops


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well ... it was a stunning week of ghost-writing and now we are going back to our regular prompt-list for April. As you know this month all our prompts are modern kigo for spring based on Jane Reichhold's 'A Dictionary of Haiku' and today the prompt is raindrops.
As I was preparing this episode the first thing which came in mind was a song by BJ Thomas "raindrops keep falling on my head" and I love to share that song here with you all.




Well ... I hope you did like this song and that it will inspire you to write a haiku (or a few) with us all.

And here is one of the examples which Jane Reichhold gives in her 'A Dictionary of Haiku':

edge of the roof
raindrops dripping off
seconds of the night


And now it's up to me to write a haiku myself on this prompt ... let me think ... hm ... yes I think this a good one to share:

raindrops falling
between cherry blossom petals
becoming one

(c) Chèvrefeuille

And now it's up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, write and share your haiku on raindrops with us all here at our haiku-community Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. !!! Earlier today I posted a new Tan Renga Challenge !!!

This epsiode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until April 14th 11.59 AM (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Beach, later on today. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun with us all.


Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #30, "daffodils open" by Jules Paige


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone, we had a gorgeous week with our Ghost-Writers and now it's time for a new Tan Renga Challenge. By the way I am a bit behind with commenting on all of your wonderful poems, but I will catch up asap.
This week's Tan Renga is started with a haiku written by Jules of  Jules gems and stuff. I think her haiku is a beauty and will be an inspiration for you all to complete this Tan Renga.
The goal of this Tan Renga Challenge is to complete the Tan Renga with a second stanza of two lines (7-7). You may use the classical count 7-7, but that's no obligation.

Here is the first stanza of this week's Tan Renga, the goal is to write a completion or continuation:


daffodils open
after two days of spring rain  
yellow from heaven

(c) Jules

Daffodils
And here is my completion:

daffodils open
after two days of spring rain
yellow from heaven
(J)

reaching for the blue sky
in praise of their Creator
(Ch.)

A nice one I think, but well ... that's not up to me to say. Have fun, be inspired and share your completed Tan Renga with our haiku-family.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 18th 11.59 AM (CET).