Monday, May 30, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 31st: a haiku by Basho


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's with a bit of sadness that I present to you our last episode of our Tan Renga Challenge (TRC) Month. It was really a joy to make this month and you all have written wonderful completions. Thank you for participating in this TRC month.
For our last episode I have a nice "hokku" by Basho. We started with him and we end with him ... By the way Basho was a great renga master so this month was also a tribute to him ... and you all were great.
I hope to create an e-book about this beautiful and challenging TRC month very soon.
Next month we will go on a so called ginko, a journey, through Europe. I hope to see you again.
Okay back to our "hokku" for today:

do not doubt it,
the bay has its spring too,
the flowers of the tide


© Basho (1644-1694)

Bay
A nice "hokku" to start this Tan Renga with I would say ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 4th at noon (CET). I will post our first episode of our new CDHK month, a Tokubetsudesu episode, later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 30th: "rumbling winter storms" by Paloma


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this penultimate episode of Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month. Today I have a nice "hokku" written by one of our family members, Paloma. So we have a nice modern "hokku" to "play with".

Here is Paloma's "hokku", she wrote this one in December 2013:


Rumbling winter storm –
Ents are dancing with their wives –
ancient limbs entwined


© Paloma

I hadn't time enough to create a second stanza, but maybe I will come up with something later today.


Ent (figure from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) by Mazagro-Art

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 3rd at noon (CET). I will publish our last "hokku" on our Twitter account.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 29th: "a single frosty rose" by Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have a nice "hokku" of a "classical" haiku poet for you. I had never heard of him, but I ran accidentally to a haiku by him and I liked that haiku very much. Let me introduce to you Mizuhara Shuoshi.

Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981) was a 20th century Japanese poet who was responsible for a trend towards greater emotional expression in haiku.
Shuoshi was the son of a doctor who ran a medical clinic, and as eldest son, he followed in his father’s footsteps and went into medicine. He studied serology, obstetrics, and gynecology at Tokyo University, graduating in 1926. He taught at Showa Medical College, practiced in his father’s clinic, and in 1932 was appointed to the prestigious post of medical advisor to the Ministry of the Imperial Household.
He began writing tanka and haiku as an undergraduate. In the 1920s, he was published in Hototogisu and his poetry was acclaimed. However, he felt restricted by the conservative principles of Takahama Kyoshi and his followers and declared his defection in a 1931 essay, "Truth in Nature and Truth in Literature". Unlike many poets, who rebelled against the rules like the 17 syllable count, Shuoshi instead felt that Kyoshi’s principles of emotional detachment limited his ability to emotionally express himself through poetry. Shuoshi and his followers started a magazine called Staggerbush and dedicated themselves to a more romantic, lyrical type of haiku.
Shuoshi retired from medicine in 1952 and began a series of visits to Buddhist temples. During his life, he published around 20 volumes of haiku.
 
Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981)
Before I give you our "hokku" for todays Tan Renga Challenge I love to share a few other haiku written by Mizuhara Shuoshi:
 
woodpecker—
leaves quickly fall
in the meadow

Japanese rain
on the cherry blossoms
moistens his statue

singing skylark...
against the wind blowing through pines,
has descended
lion-dance dancer
shading his eyes with his hand to look
at Mt. Fuji in the sunset

Color of Spring, lion dance at the mansion (woodblock-print by Utagawa Kuniaki (1844-1868))
Mizuhara Shuoshi wrote a lot of haiku and tanka as you could read above. The haiku I shared here are really beautiful, but the one we are going to use is in my opinion a masterpiece, but that's just my humble opinion.

Here is our "hokku" by Mizuhara Shuoshi:

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose


© Mizuhara Shuoshi

A nice "hokku" to start our Tan Renga with. Here is my attempt to make this Tan Renga complete:

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose
                               (Mizuhara Shuoshi)

clouds of breath pointing the way
towards the old Shinto shrine
                      (Chèvrefeuille)
Not as strong as I had hoped. I also don't know for sure if the breath you can see when it is cold is called "clouds of breath".
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 2nd at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku" on our Twitter account.

 


Friday, May 27, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra May 27th 2016 Kukai "New Life" the results


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy I have the results of our "New Life" kukai. In this kukai eight (8) haiku poets have submitted a total of 22 haiku ... all beauties if I may say, but of course there can be only one winner and a "runner-up". The voting closed May 24th at 10.00 PM (CET) and now I have the results for you:

With a total of nine (9) points Joyce Joslin Lorenson (whom was featured in our second "In the Spotlight" episode) is our winner of the "New Life" kukai. Congratulations Joyce. Joyce won with the following haiku:

spring blossoms

bees carrying
new life to the hive
 


© Joyce Joslin Lorenson
Joyce Joslin Lorenson
And our "runner-up" with eight (8) points is Milan Rajkumar with his haiku, congratulations Milan

lifeless for a season
pupa inside the cocoon
spring gives life and wings

Milan Rajkumar
As you all (maybe) know as the winner you get the opportunity to create an e-book together with Chèvrefeuille's Publications and edited by Chèvrefeuille. So Joyce ... as the winner of our "New Life" kukai you have won the opportunity to create an e-book and you will be our featured haiku poetess next month (June). As the "runner-up" Milan Rajkumar will be featured in one of the Tokubetsudesu episode next month (June).

Here are the results for all submitted haiku:

9 points : haiku 4
8 points : haiku 10
6 points : haiku 6
5 points : haiku 11 & 21
3 points : haiku 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20
2 points : haiku 5 & 12
1 point :  haiku 2 & 18
0 points : haiku 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 & 22


It was really a pleasure to host this "New Life" kukai for you all.

Prayer(s) (image found on Flickr)

Here is our new kukai:

As you all know in our last Theme Week we have explored that beautiful Sufism prayer the "Latifa Prayer". That Theme Week inspired me to create the next kukai:


PRAYER(S)


As you all know you can submit a maximum of three (3) new (never published earlier) haiku for the kukai. Please send your submissions to our e-mail address: carpediemhaikukai@gmail.com don't forget to write kukai "prayer" in the subject-line.

This new kukai "Prayer" is now open for your submissions and will be open until June 20th 10.00 PM (CET)


I am looking forward to all of your beautiful haiku themed "prayer" or related to "prayer"

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 28th: "temple in the sky" by Ubugu


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

May 2016 is running towards its end and we have only four (4) days to go before we start our new Carpe Diem month June. You can find the prompt-list for June 2016 above in the menu or by clicking HERE.

I enjoy this month very much, because of the idea that we are making this month really together through completing Tan Renga. Because Tan Renga you all like I will bring back our weekly Tan Renga Challenge on Fridays, so after this month you don't need to miss it. By the way I recently created a new part of our CDHK family, "Chained Together", a new weblog about Tan Renga.

Okay back to today's episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month. Today I have a nice "hokku" created by Ubugu (penname of Robert Gibson, whom was featured in our first episode of "In The Spotlight"). Ubugu created a nice haiku inspired on the Latifa Prayer, but I saw his haiku again after the publishing of our new e-book about the Latifa Prayer, so his haiku wasn't included in that e-book. So I wish to say sorry to Ubugu: "My excuses for this Ubugu". I decided, as a kind of peace offering, to bring it here as the "hokku" of our new Tan Renga Challenge.


Ubugu (penname of Robert Gibson)
Here is his "hokku":

temple in the sky
the road opens
a slice of blue sea


© Ubuge (penname of Robert Gibson)

Ubugu wrote in his email a little explanation for this haiku which I love to share here with you too:

[...] "Your latest prompt,The Latifa Prayer, has my mind so dancing and pondering.

Because I value the reader, I usually don't footnote my offerings. This allows them the freedom to make my words theirs. That said, today I bend that rule.  Below was my very first haiku, inspired by the childhood memory of my first seeing the sea. To me, it addressed the wonder and vastness of our world underpinned by incomprehensible wonders whisper-hinted to our imagination. The succinct beauty of the Latifa Prayer, for me at least, is cut from the same cloth. Reading it for the first time (thanks to you), I sensed connectivity.

I was eight years old when the experience of the aura above the sea and the sea got salted away; took fifty years to distill into this haiku." [...]


"Temple In The Sky"

It took me some time to create my second stanza to this "hokku", but I finally came up with something.

temple in the sky
the road opens

a slice of blue sea                                         (Ubugu)

heat dances above the horizon
childhood memories come to mind           (Chèvrefeuille)

I think this second stanza fits the scene and maybe Ubugu's story inspired me, but I have some wonderful childhood memories ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until June 1st at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku" on our Twitter account.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra (2) May 26th Summer edition Souchou


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Souchou, our own e-zine will be published around July 15th. If you would like to be published in this 'summer'-edition than you can submit your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form to carpediemhaikukaisouchou@gmail.com before July 1st 10.00 pm (CET). Please write 'souchou summer, in the subject line.

I am looking forward to your submissions.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host and editor of Souchou.

Carpe Diem Extra May 26th New exclusive CDHK e-book


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that our new exclusive CDHK e-book Latifa Prayer, based on the Theme Week of this month is ready for download.

You can find this new e-book in the left side of our Haiku Kai. I hope you all will like this new e-book. Happy reading!

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 27th: "such a still water" by Tan Taigi (1709 -1771)


Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is a pleasure to bring a new episode of Tan Renga Challenge Month to you. This time I have chosen for a haiku by a classical haiku poet named Tan Taigi (1709-1771), a contemporary of Yosa Buson. Tan Taigi and Buson by the way were friends and Buson created several haiga inspired on the poems by Tan Taigi.

Let me first tell you a little bit more about Tan Taigi.

Tan Taigi was a haiku poet of the mid-Edo-period. At the age of 40 he became a priest at the temple Daitoku-Ji in Kyoto. Later in his life, he stayed in a hermitage called Fuya-An (Hermitage with no night) in the precincts of the courtesan pleasure quarters Shimabara in 1748 and lived as a friend of Yosa Buson. He liked to socialize and drink sake and used to say

"When praying to Buddha I write haiku, when praying to the Shinto gods I write haiku".

Because of his heavy drinking he suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in the Year 1771. He is buried at the temple Korin-ji in Kyoto.

Daitoku-Ji temple Kyoto

Here is the "hokku" by Tan Taigi to reform into a Tan Renga by adding the second stanza of two lines of approx. 7-7 syllables. You have to use the scene, images or associations you have with the "hokku".

Such a still water
even the dragonfly
splash it with the tail


© Tan Taigi (Tr. Gabi Greve)

As I first read this haiku I had some trouble to understand the scene, but after a while and re-reading it again I think the understanding came. So here is my attempt to create a Tan Renga of this "hokku".

such a still water
even the dragonfly
splash it with the tail                            (Tan Taigi)

throwing flat pebbles across
circles get bigger and smaller               (Chèvrefeuille)

Not as strong as I had hoped, but in a way I like the scene as it turns into the movement of the water.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 31st at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku" on our Twitter account.

PS.: As you maybe have noticed I have taken away a few of the CDHK e-books from our homepage. You can find them now in our CDHK Library 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 26th: "silence" by Jane Reichhold


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this ... I was a bit confused I think, because I published a Tan Renga Challenge yesterday instead of a Tokubetsudesu episode, my excuses for that, but this week we will not have a Tokubetsudesu episode. Sorry.

Today I have a nice "hokku" for you created by our co-host in the background, Jane Reichhold. You all will certainly know her I think. You can find a lot abou her by visiting her website AHA-poetry.

Here is the "hokku" for today's Tan Renga Challenge:

silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms


© Jane Reichhold


A beauty I will say, but also a challenge to create the second stanza.

Cherry Blossoms in the Evening
Here is my attempt to create a second stanza to make this Tan Renga complete:


silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms
                                    (Jane Reichhold)

admiring the cherry blossoms
lying naked on a deer skin
         (Chèvrefeuille)

I like this completion, as I looked at that beautiful image above a haibun I once wrote came in mind.


This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 30th at noon (CET). I will publish our new "hokku", this time one by a classical haiku poet/ess, on our Twitter account.

 

Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume.


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's with great joy that I can announce to you all that I have finished a new exclusive Carpe Diem Haiku Kai e-book. In this e-book "Magnolia Blossoms" I have gathered all the posts and responses on our third Theme Week "Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume".

This new e-book is now available for download at the right side of our Kai. I hope you will like this new e-book.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host