Sunday, December 21, 2014

Carpe Diem's Seven Days to Christmas" #3, candles

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are counting down to Christmas with haiku here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. And candles and Christmas are belonging together .... so today we will have candles for prompt. Candles are bringing light, warmth, joy, peace and romance. I can see myself in front of the fireplace on a deerskin, a nice glass of Gluhwein, candlelight, sweet music on the background and the one I love close to me ... sharing her love and warmth with me. Outside snow is falling and gardenlights burning .... at the other side of the street ... the doors of the church are open and awaiting the people to celebrate Christmas ...

As I was preparing this episode a haiku by Buson came to mind, but I had to change it a bit to fit Christmas, but here is the original first:

Lighting one candle
with another candle--
spring evening

© Buson

This one could be easily be for Easter, but we have Christmas within a few days so I have adjusted it to this time of year:

lighting one candle
with another candle -
Christmas Eve

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Christmas Candles
Christmas is coming closer and I am looking forward to what it will bring us all .... Just enjoy Christmas and remember the true meaning of it ....

This episode of our Christmas Countdown is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open for just 24 hours, so you can respond until December 22nd at 7.00 PM (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Special #123, Richard Wright's 4th "the scarecrow's old hat"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to create another CD Special with a haiku by our featured haiku poet this month, Richard Wright. It's his 4th haiku this month and I have read great haiku and tanka in response on his other haiku. This time I also love to challenge you a little bit.
Maybe you can remember our special feature "Soliloquy no Renga" in which I asked you to write a solo-renga with a maximum of 12 stanzas. I love to challenge you to write a Soliloquy no Renga with the haiku by Richard Wright as the "hokku" or "starting verse". (You can find the explanation of "Soliloquy no Renga" HERE)

Here is the haiku written by Richard Wright for your inspiration and to start the Soliloquy no Renga with:

The scarecrow's old hat
Was flung by the winter wind
Into a graveyard.

© Richard Wright

An extraordinary haiku I think. There are so much scenes to distill from this one and I hope you all will be inspired. Have fun!
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 24th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, frost, later on. Of course there will also be a Christmas Countdown episode today!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Carpe Diem's Seven Days to Christmas #2 Christmas decorations

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are counting down to Christmas with haiku ... and today I love to talk about 'Christmas decorations' ... The most of you will have Christmas decorations all over their house inside and outside I think ... I have only decorated the inside of our house. Of course I have a Christmastree. This year with only white, silver and gold decorations ... My house feels warm and cosy and everywhere in the living room we have candles, twinkling lights and guirlandes of pine tree ... Softly sounds Christmas music ... ah, this time is wonderful and full of romance. The only thing we haven't yet is snow .... well we stay on dreaming of a White Christmas.

snowflakes falling
the world becomes a wonderland
I wake up

© Chèvrefeuille

I stil keep on dreaming about a White Christmas ... maybe it will be happening once again ... that would make Christmas even more beautiful ...

This episode is now open for your submissions and will remain open until December 21st at 7.00 PM (CET). Be inspired ...

Carpe Diem #631, winter solstice

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today it's December 21st and it's the day on which winter starts on the Northern Hemisphere. So I thought this was the opportunity to bring this prompt winter solstice ... I remember that we had 'winter solstice' for prompt back in 2013 June, because in that month we had all haiku written by Jane Reichhold whom was our featured haiku poet than. And today we have her modern kigo "winter solstice" for prompt, what a coincidence don't you think so too?
There were wonderful haiku inspired on that haiku than and I hope this time to read again wonderful haiku inspired on 'winter solstice' ...

winter solstice
the white night alone
with rolling surf

winter solstice
the sun in the south
with old folks

winter solstice
warmth of friends
return the sun

© Jane Reichhold

Credits: Winter Solstice (© photo Millie Gounder-Flynn)

And here is my attempt to write an all new haiku on winter solstice.

the longest night
bright stars sparkle through the clouds -
Christmas carolers

© Chėvrefeuille

I had to stay in the Christmas feeling ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, our fourth haiku by Richard Wright, later on. For now ... have fun!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Carpe Diem #630, Straw

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As we are on our way to the end of 2014 we have had wonderful modern kigo (seasonwords) compiled by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku" and today we are going further with the exploration of those wonderful modern kigo. Today we have straw for prompt and that's a nice one, but also a challenging one.

I love to share a haiku by Matsuo Basho (my master) in which he writes about straw. Here it is:

komo wo ki te   tare bito imasu   hana no haru

wrapped in a straw mat
who can this great one be?
flowers of spring

© Basho (1644-1694)

With this haiku came a preface "welcoming the New Year in Kyoto", this haiku is translated by Jane Reichhold and of course I have to share a haiku on straw written by her:

on frozen snow
still warm from the cow barn
broken straw

© Jane Reichhold

Credits: Cows in the snow (Dutch website)

A wonderful, almost Christmas fitting haiku ... a nice one ... How to write my own haiku on straw? Well here it is ... a little bit romance in this dark time before Christmas.

between straw bales
two youngsters exploring love
their first kiss

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... a nice one I think .... sometimes I have to go outside my normal way of writing haiku ... and so I came up with this one ... I can imagine how this must be for these youngsters. I still remember my first kiss like yesterday.

I hope this episode will inspire you to write an all new haiku (or Tanka). Just enjoy .... and share.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 22nd at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, winter solstice, later on.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #64,

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone and this year is running to an end ... we have still one week to go 'til Christmas and two weeks 'til New Years Eve. These last two weeks I will try to publish on time and today we have a nice haiku to start our tan renga with. The goal is to complete the tan renga (a short chained renga with only two stanza) by associating on themes in the first stanza. Our second stanza has two lines with 7 syllables each.
Here is our first stanza written by Dolores in response on Northern Lights  I don't know if i have asked her permission, but her haiku is really awesome:

curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy

© Dolores

I think her haiku can inspire you in very different ways ... so go for it ...

Credits: Aurora Borealis

Here is my completion of this tan renga started by Dolores:

curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy
                                         (© Dolores)

in the middle of the night
Mother Nature's light show                   (© Chèvrefeuille)

I hope to read wonderful completions or continuations ... have fun!

This Tan Renga challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday December 26th at noon (cet).

!!! Soon to come our first kukai !!!
!!! Soon to come our first episode of Carpe Diem's Time Machine in which i will share prompts from our cdhk history !!!

Carpe Diem's 'Seven days to Christmas' #1 mistletoe

Dear Haijin, visítors and travelers,

As I told you in our yesterday's Sparkling Stars I will post the next days an extra episode to count down until Christmas ... today is our second extra post for Christmas. Christmas is (in my opinion) the most beautiful time of the year and I think it's great to count down.
This CD Christmas count down will last until Christmas Eve, because that's to me the ultimate day of Christmas. For this extra episodes I will share prompts which have to do with Christmas and you have 24 hours to respond on these episodes. Next Monday there will not be a Timé Glass episode, because these extra X-mas episodes are a kind of Time Glass challenges.

Today I love to ask you to respond with an all new haiku on mistletoe ...

there she stood
laughing her wonderful smile
"kiss me quick"

© Chėvrefeuille

I like that mistletoo tradition ... to me that's what's Christmas about ... peace and love ... sharing the light of the Newbirn King with eachother and the world.

Let there be peace and love spreading around the globe. No differences between races, no differences between rich and poor. We are all the same ... loving and caring people ... that's Christmas.

This extra Carpe Diem Christmas episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 20th 4.00 PM (CET). So you have just 24 hours to respond. Have a great Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #15, " Christmas Stockings"

!! I am a bit late with this episode of Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars, my excuses for that !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is time for another bi-weekly episode of our special feature Sparkling Stars in which I share "masterpieces" "sparkling stars" written by classic and modern haiku poets for your inspiration. It's somewhat similar with our Carpe Diem Specials in which I share a haiku by our featured haiku poet for your inspiration.

In this episode of Sparkling Stars I have a nice haiku to share for your inspiration written for this time of year, several years ago.

Christmas stockings
hanging above the fireplace
awaiting presents

© Chèvrefeuille

The goal of this special feature is to write a haiku (or tanka) inspired on the one given, this time a haiku by myself, trying to catch the same mood ... it's not neccessary to use the classical syllables count.
Well ... we are on our way to Christmas. I like this time of year and maybe I will write every day an extra episode with Christmas as theme. For now .... just have fun .... and have jolly good Christmas time.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 25th at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem #629, woodpecker

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today's prompt, woodpecker, brought me first the idea of the cartoon Woody Woodpecker in mind, a cartoon which I loved when I was younger, but sometimes (as my grandchildren are visiting) I watch that cartoon together with them ... it's always fun.

Jane gives us the following example for this modern kigo for winter:

tall dead pine
the tiny holes of the woodpecker's

A nice haiku, with a smile, but there is also a deeper spiritual meaning for the Woodpecker. 

If Woodpecker has come knocking…

It is time to really pay attention because opportunity is has come knocking along with it. It is signaling you that great changes are happening in your life and it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project or simply a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life. Whatever way you perceive it know that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is your for the asking.

Credits: Woodpecker

Woodpecker as your Totem…

You have the power of rhythm in your blood. You are tuned to the heartbeat of the Earth and the cycles that rule it. You have the ability to shake up the awareness of others as well as the ability to grab every ones attention with the simplest of words. You understand the power of your words and use them sparingly and precisely to get your point across. You are often the first to draw everyone’s attention to something that needs attending to.

Woodpecker has entered your dreams…

When woodpecker comes knocking in your dreams it is asking you to pay attention in your waking life. There may be something you have overlooked and it is trying to bring it back into your focus. Diligence is key here. Just some background ....

Here is my attempt:

hammering noise
resonates through the forest
deepens the silence

© Chèvrefeuille

Well I hope you did like this episode. It's open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, straw, later on.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carpe Diem #628, Ice skating

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This will not be a long post, because I haven't time enough, but of course I will share Jane's haiku which she uses as example for our prompt of today, ice skating. The Dutch are big fans of ice skating and as you maybe know our Dutch ice-skaters have won several championships, but as I look at myself... well I can ice-skate, but I am not a big fan of it.
I love to watch ice skating, but figure skating I love more to watch. Figure skating looks like ballet or dancing and it's really a joy to watch it, not to do it ... I am not that good in figure skating I hardly can take a curve on the ice ... no figure skating is great to look at, but not to do it ...

This is the example of Jane for this "modern kigo":

a broken mirror
now the ice breaker pushes apart
the joys of skating

Credits: Ice skating in The Netherlands (a few years ago)
As I already said .... not a long post .... and even no haiku written by myself. 

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 20th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, woodpecker, later on. For now .... have fun!