Monday, October 16, 2017

Carpe Diem #1280 Wheel of Creation

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Let us go further on our trip along memory lane. We enter a new year in this trip and have arrived at 2015. 2015 Was a wonderful year in which we started to read more and more to seek for the Peace Within. The Peace Within was the reason why we started to read the Bhagavad Gita that wonderful chapter of the Hindu "bible", the Mahabaratha. We started reading in April 2015 and it was a real journey through Hinduism. We disputed Hinduism as the Mother of all Religions, of course just hypothetical.

The Bhagavad Gita is a really wonderful story to read. It's the heart of Hinduism. It gives a report from a conversation that Arjuna had with Krishna at the start of a great war between good and evil. Arjuna dares not to start the war, because he sees friend, relatives and family between the army of the enemy. He doesn't want to kill his beloved ones. Than Krishna teaches him the path of life.

During that month we explored nt only Hinduism, but we also tried to find connections between religions and philosophies from all around the world. We even could find connections with the Tarot and the Kabbalah.

Tree of Life (Kabbalah)
We are on our way to find Peace of Mind and Heart ... and I hope you have found that while we were reading the Bhagavad Gita.

Haiku is not only the poetry of nature, but it is also a way to find that peace. While strolling through nature we become one with nature, become part of nature (as it was once meant to be) and than we experience the beauty of our Earth. We have to cherish her beauty, Earth is the only source to find peace of mind and heart. Isn't that what we all see as our goal?

cherry blossom
long cold night

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

Well ... I hope I didn't sound like a preacher, this was not a sermon, only a flow of thoughts ...

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Suzuran, later on. Have fun!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Carpe Diem #1279 Yekaterinburg

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Haiku Kai. This month we are on trip along memory lane, because we are celebrating our first luster. Isn't that an awesome idea? Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is here providing you inspiration for haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry forms for five years. And it is a joy to create CDHK for you all. We have made a lot of journeys, old and new, along the roads all over the world.
At the start of 2014 we went on a journey straight through the former USSR as we "hopped" on the Trans Siberian Railway. While on that journey we read "Aleph" written by the renown author Paulo Coelho, one of the best authors on earth. Maybe you have read our CDHK preview last week than you know that next December we will have a marvelous month full of prompts extracted from the novels of Paulo Coelho. It's a long route to prepare that month, but I am happy to do that, because you, my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers are the ones for whom I creating CDHK ... just to inspire you.

Today we go back to Yekaterinburg, one of the places were Paulo Coelho was during his journey with the Trans Siberian Railroad (TSR). Yekaterinburg is the birthplace of Hilal, one of the lead characters of "Aleph". Hilal disappears in Yekaterinburg and Paulo is anxious to find her and hopes she is okay. Short before the TSR enters the station of Yekaterinburg Hilal and Paulo enter the "Aleph", the place were there is no time, were past, present and future meet eachother. What did she see? We know what Paulo saw, he describes that in "Aleph", but Hilal's experience is not described on that same moment.

Hilal however tells Paulo what she had experienced as they find each other back in Yekaterinburg. This place is the turning point of the relation between Hilal and Paulo. From that moment on they are re-living again their path from the past. Hilal and Paulo have known each other in a former life.

The Inquisition

In a former life Hilal was accused of heresy and witchcraft, she was sentenced to dead by fire. She was burned. Paulo was, in his former life, a member of The Inquisition. He could have saved Hilal, but didn't do that. That's the reason why they met again in another life, the life in which they both traveled on the TSR straight through the former USSR.

In a way the former USSR and The Inquisition are the same. In the former USSR people were persecuted if they were agains the communist government and send to camps deep in the coldest region of the USSR, Siberia. Is it a coincedence that Paulo takes the TSR? No ... the former USSR has the same history as Paulo had in his former life as a member of The Inquisition.

her spirit departs
with the dying of her pyre -
smoke rises to the sky

© Chèvrefeuille

Persecution still happens in our time. People are still persecuted for their believes or political ideas. Nothing has changed ... maybe The Inquisition started, back in the 13th century, the wish for a One World Religion and a New World Order. Let us hope ... that this wish will never be fullfilled.

Sorry for the strong ending of this episode, but I had to say it. Maybe we all have to enter the "Aleph" than we can see our past, our present and our future ... and learn from it.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Wheel of Creation, later on.

Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 "Life is Beautiful"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time again for our Carpe Diem Retreat, 30 days of writing haiku and tanka, one a day on a theme. Winter is closing in, so here is the Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017. For this CDHK Retreat I have chosen the theme "Life is Beautiful". I think it's a wonderful theme and I am looking forward to all of your responses.

CDHK's Winter Retreat 2017 starts tonight at 10:00 PM (CET) and will run to November 15th 10:00 PM (CET).

Snow Covered Tulips (image found on Pinterest)

snow covered
fragile beauty

© Chèvrefeuille

Have fun!

PS. You can submit all kinds of Japanese Poetry

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Carpe Diem #1278 Enigma (by Karunesh)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I have a weekend off, and this weekend I am all alone at home, no problem by the way. My wife is visiting her parents and my youngest son is the weekend away with his friends. So I can listen, for example, to my own music. Right now I am listening to Mozart's Requiem, a composition he never could finish. He died before his final piece was ready. It's a wonderful composition and you have to listen to it once, it's sure worthy to listen.

Well ... as you know we are celebrating our fifth anniversary and this month we have not "weekend-meditations", but wonderful inspirational music every weekend. Yesterday I shared a nice piece of music composed by Peter Crowley and today I have another beautiful piece of music composed by Karunesh.

I couldn't find the title of the album from which its extracted, but maybe someone of you knows it. It's a real nice composition.

Before I became involved with haiku I was a wandering spirit. I didn't now how to fit in, but there was no reason (at least to me) to become fit in. I wandered through life and tried a lot of things. I dived into the occult, but that brought me lot of sadness and illness. So I had to take another path. I was a wandering spirit again, but now I hoped to find positive energy ...
That energy I found in haiku. So you can (maybe) say that haiku saved me from the negative path I was on. Through haiku I discovered the beauty of nature and it became a task for life to defend nature, not through an organisation or something, but just through teaching my kids and grandkids to take care of nature.
My kids and grandkids are all caring for nature, not all in the same way, but for example ... my kids and grandkids will never throw garbage on the streets or in nature. They are all "soldiers" to take care of nature.

the fench

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental tanka)

I hope you did like the music and the post "an sich". This episode is open for your submissions tonight around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Yekaterinburg, later on. For now ... be inspired and share your inspired haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with us all.

Carpe Diem Time Glass #1 re-start

!! This Time Glass episode closes on October 16th 2:00 AM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe you can remember that we once had a time-challenging feature titled "Time Glass". The goal was to create haiku or tanka inspired on a theme within 24 hours, so a real time challenge. I love to "restart" that feature. Why? Well as you all know several months ago I changed the responding time of our Kai into seven days, a whole week, but (as you all know) haiku is an impression of a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. That short time can help you to create your haiku (or tanka) based on that single moment.
I love to improve your haiku (and tanka) writing skills so I think this "Time Glass" feature can help you with that. But ... we are a haiku loving family from all over the world and we live all in different time zones, so I think it's a good thing to extend the (original) 24 hours of the "Time Glass" feature to 36 hours to respond on the theme.
That theme can be a haiku, a tanka, a waka, an image or just a word  And for the "restart" of this feature I have chosen for a haiku and an image to inspire you.

First the image:

lonely flower
And here is the haiku to help you to find your inspiration:

a little verse
lighted a fire in my heart
addicted to love

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... a nice time challenge I think. Try to create your haiku or tanka inspired on this "restart" of the Time Glass and share it with us within 36 hours. That means this episode is open for your submissions around 2:00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until October 16th 02:00 AM (CET). Have fun!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Carpe Diem #1277 Sacred Sanctuary (by Peter Crowley)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Sorry for the delay it escaped at my attention, so here it is our new episode for this month's celebration. Today I have a nice musical composition for your inspiration. It's by Peter Crowley, an awesome composer and I love his music. His style is somewhat out of the ordinary, because he uses a lot of different kinds of music.

Peter Crowley calls this kind of music "epic Asian adventure music" so it has a nice connection with our beautiful Japanese poetry. So ... enjoy the music and I hope it will bring you the inspiration you need.

this grave
brother love

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Enigma (by Karunesh), later on. For now ... have fun!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Carpe Diem #1276 Tranquil

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you maybe know I have (and have had) several special features here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Our trip along memory-lane goes today along one of those special features. It was a feature in which I introduced haiku by renown and unknown haiku poets which I loved and had something with. That special feature was titled "Sparkling Stars" and our prompt comes from one of the episodes in autumn 2014. (You can find that episode HERE)

The title of this episode is extracted from a haiku by Koyu-Ni, which I shared than and will re-share here again:

Koyu-Ni was (as e.g. Chiyo-Ni) a Buddhistic nun (as can be seen at her name "ni" stands for "female monk".) There aren't many haiku known by her.

hana chirite shizuka ni narinu hito-gokoro

the blossoms have fallen:
our minds are now

© Koyu-Ni (Tr. R.H. Blyth)

[...] Koyu-Ni died in 1782, her family name was Matsumato. She is one of the more prominent woman poets of the Edo period. She learned haiku from Songi the First. [...]

our logo of this feature (2014)

I than translated this haiku myself and that translation I love to share again:

tranquility -
finally I have found peace,
blossoms have fallen

© Koyu-Ni (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

I think that in my translation the peace of mind is stronger present. With every gust of wind I am anxious that the fragile Cherry blossoms will be scattered and torn apart, but as all blossoms have fallen than my heart and mind are at peace, there is no anxiety anymore and that gives me that feeling of tranquility.

Life and dead are living together just on a thin line of silk, so close to one another, but that's the circle of life, the beauty of Mother Nature. This is what haiku is ... writing about nature and mankind as being part of it's beauty.

Well .... I think you all can remember this episode and I love to challenge you to create a haiku (or tanka) following the classical rules as described often here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 19th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, the sacred sanctuary, later on. For now .... have fun!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Carpe Diem #1275 nakedness

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our celebration month October 2017. Today I have a nice episode for you I think. Back in the summer of 2014 we had all modern kigo extracted from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku". All the modern kigo were for summer and we have seen several wonderful modern kigo than. (That episode you can find HERE)

One of those modern kigo was "nakedness" as is our prompt for today. Nakedness is maybe somewhat controversial here at CDHK, but let me give you my idea about "nakedness". We were all born naked, but as we grow up we learned that one cannot go naked through the streets. Nakedness is private, so if you love to be naked, than you have to that in your own home, maybe your garden, but not on the streets. In my opinion "nakedness" is part of nature, there are no living creatures, except us humans, that use clothing to cover their nakedness. So if we are part of nature, as we surely do, why not going naked?
I love being naked, but of course only in my home or my garden. Or on specific places outside as e.g. the nude beach. Why do we feel ashamed as we walk naked through our own home, not for or loved ones around us, but maybe for those who walk outside your window, they maybe see your nakedness.

Let us take a small peek into nature itself ... than nakedness is very common and very specific in the "world" of naked snails. I like those small creatures and I once created a haiga about it.

Haiga Snail (2014)
 Nakedness ... common in nature, but in the life of humans not that common ... well it has to be so I think.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 18th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, tranquil, later on. For now .... have fun!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Carpe Diem #1274 Ryuko-ji (compassion)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In our CDHK history we have done exciting things all along the virual road. We made several journeys and we have walked pilgrimages all over the world. Back in 2014 we went to Shikoku Island, Japan after our journey straight through the former USSR. On Shikoku Island we visited, like millions of other O-Henro, the 88 temples converted to Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai). The Shikoku pilgrimage is to Buddhists what the Hajj is for the Muslim. The Buddhists have to make this pilgrimage once in a life time and so it was our duty, as haiku poets, to visit Shikoku.

Today I have chosen one of the temples on Shikoku Island to inspire you with. This temple is named Ryuko-ji and is devoted to the Buddha of Compassion. One of the main ideas of Buddhism. In that episode (HERE) I also told you a little about the "State of Zen" in haiku and I remember that I told you a little bit more about "wordlessness".
"Wordlessness" is (in my opinion) one of the pillars of haiku. Look at our haiku. Three lines, approximately 17 syllables and around 15 or 20 words. It's a very short poem, but in that poem the strenght is the scenes that are tols about without words. So "wordlessness" is part of haiku.

Kobo Daishi (a.k.a. Kukai)
As I am preparing this episode I remember that I experimented with the haiku form last month and I think those experimental haiku are the best "image" or "example" of wordlessness in haiku. Nice to realize that. I hadn't thought about experimental haiku in the way of "wordlessness". Awesome.

Here is an example of what I call "experimental haiku", I think you will remember this one from last month.

into heaven

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

This one fits also the idea of pilgrimage in a way.

Let me try another "wordlessness"-haiku, sounds a bit strange ...

at dawn
dew shimmers
morning glories

© Chèvrefeuille ("wordlessness"-haiku)

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, nakedness, later on.

Carpe Diem Sneak Preview October 10th 2017

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to give you a sneak preview for the upcoming months here at CDHK. First of all, I think you have noticed that I have changed the lay-out of our Kai. I think it makes CDHK more of this time and I think that this new lay-out looks fresh and fits us better than our former lay-out.

This month we are celebrating our first luster of our CDHK Family and I love it. It's a honor to be your host. It makes me proud, but humble too. Who am I that I can and may be your host. Without you, my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, I couldn't make CDHK the best website on haiku and other Japanese poetry forms. Thank you all for being part of CDHK ...

Recently I dived into the "prompt suggestions" section of our Kai and I ran into an idea by Björn Rudberg. An idea that ... spook to me ... Next month we will explore the beauty of quatrains through Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat a wonderful series of quatrains. Say ... next month will be a month full of Carpe Diem Distillations. I hope to tell you something more about Omar Khayyam and I hope to explore the similarities between these quatrains and Japanese poetry. I am looking forward to this new spectecular month.

Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)
Let me give an example of one of the quatrains from his "Rubaiyat":

And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted Open then the Door!
You know how little while we have to stay,
And, once departed, may return no more.

© Omar Khayyam (taken from: Rubaiyat)

Of course in November we will go on with our weekend-meditations, which items that will be, we will see than. I hope to bring back the weekly Tan Renga Challenges, not as we had once on Fridays, but on Wednesdays.

Than December will start with a new theme, however not that new. I have done this earlier here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but this time it will be a little bit different. In December I will try to inspire you through quotes all chosen from the novels from Paulo Coelho. I first had planned that theme for November, but it takes a lot of time to choose the quotes, I have to read all novels of Paulo Coelho first. I started recently with reading "Aleph" again. And that novel "triggered" me to make a whole month of "Use That Quote" with quotes by Paulo Coelho. Paulo is in my opinion a wise and spiritual man and in his works I have read wonderful sayings ... so I just had to create a month full of quotes by Paulo Coelho.
The choice to make a whole month about Paulo Coelho's thoughts and sayings is that his first novel "The Alchemist" is celebrating its 25 years anniversary. "The Alchemist" was once the first novel I read written by him ... and I was immediately caught by the beauty of his writing style.

Paulo Coelho
And ... I will give already a "hint" for the theme of January 2018 ... than we will visit the ancient sites of The Maya ....

Well ... I hope I have already made you all a little bit excited for the upcoming months.


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Monday, October 9, 2017

Carpe Diem #1273 Into The Sea

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I started with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I introduced several special features to you for your inspiration. And every week we had a Tan Renga Challenge in which I challenged you to create / complete a Tan Renga from a given haiku by a classical or non-classical haiku poet / ess. Today I have a nice Tan Renga Challenge for you that I published on December 20th 2013. It was a haiku by Jane Reichhold, my mentor and once my co-host at CDHK. As you all know she died in 2016 and she is still missed every day. So this episode is in a way a tribute to her, the Queen of Haiku and Tanka.

Logo TRC back in 2013
As you see in the title of this episode, into the sea, is the "title" of the haiku by Jane Reichhold to work with to create a Tan Renga.

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

And this is the second stanza I created back in 2013 to make this a Tan Renga:

soft winter breeze cherishes
the last colorful leaves   

© Chèvrefeuille

For those who are new here. A Tan Renga is a short chained poem written by two poets. It looks very similar with Tanka, but Tanka is written by one poet. You have to write the second stanza through associating on scenes in the haiku (the starting verse).

So let me bring the above Tan Renga created by Jane and my together:

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright
soft winter breeze cherishes
the last colorful leaves

Well enjoy. Create a Tan renga with the given haiku by Jane Reichhold to honor her. This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 16th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Ryuko-ji, later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Carpe Diem #1272 October (Robert Frost)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was awesome, we have met our "new" two grandkids, Jason and Dana. Our oldest son has a new girlfirend after he divorced from his former girlfriend. So we have two "bonus" grandkids now and that makes us happy. We are a loving family and we hope to become nice grandparents for these two "bonus" kids. So ... I had a wonderful weekend.

Today I have a nice anniversary episode for you to work with. As you know I have created several special features here at CDHK and one of those features was "CD-distillation" in which I challenged you to create haiku or tanka extracted from a longer poem. Back in our first anniversary month (October 2013) I had a nice poem by Robert Frost for you. That poem was titled "October" and I love to challenge you again with that same poem.

Logo CD Distillation
Let me explain the goal of this special feature, that's going into it's reprise today, for you. I have chosen a long poem by a renown poet. After reading the poem the goal is to create a haiku or tanka extracted from the poem, in which you have to try to catch the essence of the poem.

Here is the poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963) again:


by Robert Frost (1874-1963)           

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call.
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled, 
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the wall.


Autumn Colors (of October)
A wonderful poem, but for a haijin to long … so I have re-worked my cascading haiku into a tanka in which I catch the essence of the poem by Robert Frost.

at daybreak
one leaf falls and another –
bare branches
clothed with crystal drops of dew
at daybreak

© Chèvrefeuille

You can find the original post HERE. 

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 15th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, into the sea, later on. For now ... have fun and let me know if you would like to see this special feature back again at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Carpe Diem #1271 The Last of His Name (BrunuhVille)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our luster-month October 2017 with a new lay-out ... I hope you like this new lay-out. I have chosen to use a parchment background to get the feeling of that ancient "paper" to write on, because of the ancient haiku. This episode is a music episode and I have chosen a wonderful compostition by a talented young Portugese composer, BrunuhVille Maybe you can remember that I have used his music earlier here back in June 2014 to inspire you.

I discovered his beautiful music several years ago and in a way I am addicted to his music. He is very talented and has created wonderful compositions. Compositions that make you smile, or make you sad ... or ... a lot of feelings. He is really talented and I hope this composition will be your source of inspiration to create haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry forms.

This composition is titled "The Last of His Name" and I think it's one of his most beautiful pieces I have heard. So listen to the music ... come in touch with the music and with the spirit of BrunuhVille. Enjoy!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 14th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, October (by Frost), later on.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Carpe Diem #1270 desert travellers (Karunesh)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our luster month October 2017. Five years of CDHK ... isn't that something. I once had a goal to create a daily haiku-meme and ... well that goal I have achieved Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is still here and what a history we have already. All those beautiful prompts and all of your really wonderful responses. At the start there were approximately 5 or 6 responders, enough in my opinion, but not enough to go on. I even thought once to end it, but I am so glad that I didn't. I am so glad that I had the guts to go on with this dream, this goal.
I was excited when I met Jane Reichhold in 2013. She a renown haiku entrepeneur had time for me, a beginning haiku poet with a dream. I remember how friendly she was as I emailed her for the very first time. She took the time to answer my mail and the questions I had. I remember how proud I was as she started to co-host CDHK through a special feature "Ask Jane ...?" I remember that she once said that CDHK was the world's best website about haiku and tanka. I can only hope that she will be still proud on what I am doing. I feel her presence every day again as I am preparing the posts for CDHK. She watches my back, she gives me the inspiration I need, she ... at least her spirit is still here at CDHK.

Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)
What a journey it is to be your host at CDHK. To find ways to inspire you. I made contact during our history with several other renown haiku poets, not only from all over the world, but also from my own country. I came in contact with wonderful musicians like Peter Crowley and Karunesh. I introduced classical and non-classical haiku poets to you and I even had the guts to help you improve your haiku writing skills. What an awesome place on the Internet this is, a place were you can write and share the beauty of Japanese poetry.

This month there will be no "weekend-meditations" instead of that I have chosen to inspire you through music, as I have done earlier here at CDHK. This first episode of this weekend is a piece of music by Karunesh, maybe you can remember that back in 2013 I had a whole month of inspirational music for you with the music of Karunesh. Karunesh granted me permission to use his music for our celebration month and I am grateful for that. Thank you Karunesh that I may use your music to inspire my visitors, the haijin and travelers by, with your music.

Maybe you have read the page about October 2017 than you have seen the prompt-list too. I had chosen a nice composition titled "Calling Wisdom", but I recently heard new compositions by Karunesh. I love to share one of those new compositions by Karunesh to inspire you today.

The above track is from Karunesh' latest album "Sun Within" (2016) and this is what he says about this album:

[...] "Everybody is different and everybody is unique - yet we are all connected. We are connected through the same source, the source of existence. We can get in touch with our inner self through stillness and meditation, dance and celebration. Just be yourself and let your inner light - the Sun Within - shine and lead you on your way." [...] (Source:

This track is titled "Desert Traveller". Take your time to listen to it. Become one with the music, maybe be that "desert traveller" yourself. I think this composition is really gorgeous and full of spirituality. I personally love the singer in this composition, she has a wonderful angel-like voice, really gorgeous.

lost and alone

but free

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, another beautiful piece of music to inspire you, later on. For now ... let the spirit of the desert be with you on your travel through the sands ... of music.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Carpe Diem #1269 reflection

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies ... there is already a whole week of this celebration month gone, time to reflect. This first week was really awesome. I have spoken with participants from the first years of CDHK and they will try to "walk in" this month of celebrations and I have got permission to use all the beautiful music of Karunesh. Maybe you can remember that month full of his wonderful spiritual music back in August 2013. This month we will have again a few wonderful compositions created by him. In our prompt-list I have mentioned already which ones that will be, but ... maybe I will change them, because very recently Karunesh has created a few new albums full of beautiful music. We will see.

I have read wonderful responses on the first week's prompts and I even had time to visit you all already. Really I have read wonderful haiku and tanka. I hope you all will be here this upcoming weeks and share your inspired haiku and tanka with us all.

Okay I will go on with our prompt for today. We are on the road along memory lane and this prompt I have done earlier in the summer of 2013. At the end of this episode I will give you the link to that episode. I remember that it was a short episode, just like it will be today.

Reflection it's a wonderful natural play as you can see in the above image and that "play" we can use in our haiku in a great way. Here is an example by Becca Givens, one of the first years participants, a great haiku poetess:

Mirror of my soul
Deep shimmering golden pond
Reflects Divine Love

© Becca Givens

Or what do you think of this one by Sara McNulty of Purple Pen in Portland, one of our all time participants:

Autumn leaves mirrored
In clear lake their colors float
Soon lake fills with fall

Both are by the way responses on the prompt we do today in its reprise ... along memory lane.

And here is one of my own haiku I used in that episode, it's merely a senryu I think than a haiku, but to me those two forms are the same.

in front of the mirror
I open my young eyes -
an old grey man

© Chèvrefeuille

What is reflection?

Reflection is the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. (source: wikipedia)

swaying through the pool
frog jumps in

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I think this episode is ready to be published, so I will do that immediately after I have given you the URL of the mentioned episode from summer 2013. You can find that episode HERE.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Calling Wisdom, later on. For now ... have fun!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Carpe Diem #1268 shuntoo (spring lantern)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I still cannot belief that CDHK is still here after five wonderful years. We have done it! Without you my dear haijin CDHK couldn't excist and I am grateful for your participation. Several of you have been here since the early days of CDHK and that makes me happy.
We have seen a lot of places and we have explored unknown places, but we have also been inspired by classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) and today I love to do one of those kigo. This kigo was our prompt back in March 2013, it's a classical kigo for spring. Today we have "shuntoo" (spring lantern) to inspire you (again).

I love those wonderful Japanese garden lanterns, but spring lanterns aren't made of stone, as are the garden lanterns, but made of paper to be exactly, made from rice-paper. As I look at those paper lanterns they look somewhat like lampions.

Shuntoo (spring lantern, Edo period)
In our episode of March 2013 I shared a wonderful haiku by Issa, one of the five greatest haiku poets ever, which I love to share here again.

chôchin de tabako fuku nari haru no kaze

smoking a pipe
by lantern light...
spring breeze

© Kobayashi Issa

And one of the participants then shared a wonderful "chained" haiku series, or maybe I have to call it cascading haiku. John Belchamber is the name of that participant and he shared the following haiku:

flickering lantern
attracting moths from shadows
kimono slips off

kimono slips off
geisha knows her part by heart
shadow puppetry

shadow puppetry
silhouette of love’s embrace
goose down on futon

goose down on futon
tale of now and yen, beside
flickering lantern

© John Belchamber

Japanese lampions (shuntoo)
Look at those colors, must be an awesome sight to see them all burning in a moonlit night, or in a moonless night.

spring breeze
lampions move gracefully
moonless night

© Chèvrefeuille

You can find the original episode HERE

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 11th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, reflection, later on. For now ... have fun!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Carpe Diem #1267 millionaire

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our festive CDHK luster month October 2017. As I started CDHK back in 2012 I also had the so called "Carpe Diem Specials", as we have had almost every month during these five years. At the start of CDHK those specials were haiku by classical poets like Basho (1644-1694), but the prompt for today points to a wonderful haiku by Yosa Buson (1716-1784):

enjoying three bowls of Zoni *
at the New Year's breakfast
millionaire as he is!

(c) Yosa Buson

* 'Zoni' is a soup containing mochi (rice cakes), vegetables and other ingredients. To cook zoni was very expensive for the common people in the Edo period (1603-1868). To eat three bowls of 'zoni' at a time for breakfast was beyond all imagination of theirs.

If Buson was a millionaire in his days I don't know, but he could afford to eat zoni. Buson is not only renown for his haiku, but also for his haiga (image + haiku). He illustrated a first edition of Basho's "Narrow Road Into The Deep North", that renown haibun (prose + haiku) which we have read together last year (2016).

without the beauty of nature
just poor

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Not as strong as I had hoped, but I think what this haiku says is true. What would I do with millions of money if there was no nature's beauty to become inspired by? Nothing ... my life would mean nothing.

By the way, if you would like to read the post of 2012 than find it through clicking HERE.

As a haiku poet, living with nature, I don't need lots of money. I am grateful for all I can do, but especially finding my inspiration in nature ... is all I need.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, shuntoo (spring lantern), later on. For now .... have fun!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Carpe Diem #1266 Koharu (Indian Summer)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are on a trip along memory-lane and today we are going back to November 2012, the last episode I posted then, was the first prompt for December 2012, so maybe I could have chosen another, but I like this theme as used today, because here in The Netherlands we have an Indian Summer or as we call it in Dutch "na-zomer".

Back in 2012 koharu was the first prompt at CDHK that was a classical kigo, or seasonword, a part of haiku that we cannot forget. In December 2012 all our prompts were classical kigo for winter and koharu (Indian Summer) was the first classical kigo I introduced. Why did I choose for those kigo then? I will try to explain that. As I started with CDHK I had a "silent" wish to share my knowledge about haiku, and the writing of haiku, with my visitors, you. So it was just a choice to introduce one of the classical rules of haiku ... the use of a kigo or seasonword.

Autumn Flowers (image found on Pinterest
A seasonword, as it already says, is a word that directs you to the season in which the haiku (or tanka) was written. Through those seasonwords you can relate easily to the scene described / painted in the haiku. Let me give you an example:

tulips bloom
in all kinds of colors

in the backyard

© Chèvrefeuille
In this haiku the kigo (seasonword) is tulips a kigo for spring, because tulips are flowers of spring.
Another one:
full moon
above the heath
points the way
© Chèvrefeuille
In this haiku, it is somewhat more difficult to "find" the season, but in the classical use of kigo moon is a kigo for autumn, because according to Japanese folklore, the moon of autumn is the most beautiful moon of the year.
Okay ... after this small piece of background I love to go on to our prompt of today, koharu (or Indian Summer). What is an Indian Summer? Let me give you a short explanation.
Indian Summer (credits)
Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather that sometimes occurs in autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The US National Weather Service defines this as weather conditions that are sunny and clear with above normal temperatures, occurring late-September to mid-November. It is usually described as occurring after a killing frost. (source: Wikipedia)
Indian Summer
inbetween seasons
roses bloom again
© Chèvrefeuille
To read the prompt from our history you can click HERE.
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 9th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, millionaire, later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Carpe Diem #1265 perfume

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first "regular" prompt of our festive luster month October 2017. As you maybe have read in the prompt-list I will take you on a trip along memory lane through using prompts from our rich history. Five years of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... who had thought that as I started back in October 2012 ... I certainly not. It was an adventure and still is. I hope to make five new beautiful years of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... we will see.

Today I have chosen the prompt perfume and I didn't do that without giving it a thought. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, not only for the colorful trees and bushes, but also for the perfume of autumn. I like the smell of decaying leaves, the smell of roasted chestnuts ... the warm cider in front of the fire place. It's all autumn ...

vintage autumn (image found on Pinterest)
sweet perfume
decaying leaves dance
through the street

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah the feeling of autumn ... my season.

After every episode this month, the regulars, I will give you also the link to the prompt from our history. You can find this perfume 2012 here.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 8th at noon (CET). I will publish our new prompt, koharu, later on. For now ... have fun!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Carpe Diem #1264 Borealis (Northern Lights)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Five years ago I started with Carpe Diem an experiment to inspire the world through daily themes to create haiku. If any one had told me that Carpe Diem would be still alive five years later I would have laughed ... I really hadn't thought to be here alive and kicking.
I am grateful that you, my dear Haijin, have made this all possible. Carpe Diem Haiku Kai has become a great success all thanks to you all. It makes me proud, but more ... it makes me humble. Who am I that I may do this? Who am I to be your host and mentor?

Thank you all for this wonderful journey and I hope you all will continue to go with me on this journey. This month we celebrate our first luster, our fifth anniversary, and I think we will have a beautiful festive month. I have chosen for beautiful music and themes / prompts from our rich history here at CDHK. So this month will be a trip along memory-lane, except the musical prompts those are all new and I am happy that I had the opportunity to share this music with you all.

This month we will have no weekend-meditations, but the weekends will be for the music. This Sunday our first musical prompt is titled "borealis" and is composed by a young composer Peter Crowley. He has composed wonderful music and for sure it's worth to visit and listen to his music on his You Tube Channel.

Listen to his music. It's really awesome and I hope it will be a source of inspiration for you.

Because of lack of time, I am on the nightshift, I have chosen a tanka from my archives inspired on Borealis.

sign of the gods
the night painted in thousand colors -
cracking snow
reflects the 'dance of the spirits'
aurora borealis

© Chèvrefeuille

I think this tanka fits the music by Peter Crowley. Here is another one, in the experimental way:

light from heaven
God's smile

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you my dear haijin, visitors and travelers. I am looking forward to this anniversary month and I hope you all do too.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 7th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, perfume, later on. For now ... have fun!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Carpe Diem weekend-meditation #4 Soliloquy no renga (solo-renga): Celebration

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday October 1st at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the 4th weekend-meditation of this month. Next month these weekend-meditations will be temporarely on hold, because of our first luster.

This weekend I love to challenge you to create a so called "soliloquy no renga" or solo-renga. It's a renga created by one poet instead of multiple poets, but it is also fun to create it. A "soliloquy no renga" counts a minimum of 6 stanza and a maximum of 12 stanza. This renga form is the same like a normal renga, so you have to create the stanza through association on scenes and images.
More about the "soliloquy no renga" you can find HERE.

For this weekend-meditation I have chosen the first stanza, the hokku, to work with. That hokku is a haiku from our CDHK archives written by myself:

finally winter has gone
early plum blossoms

© Chèvrefeuille

I am looking forward to your "soliloquy no renga" in response of this weekend-meditation.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday October 1st at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 8th at noon (CET). 

Have fun!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Carpe Diem #1263 neighborhood of colors

Dear Haijin, visitors and travellers,

Welcome at a new episode, the last regular, in our month of "imagination without limits ". Today I have a beautiful Italian scene for you. Look at all those colors. This village lays against the mountains as you can see. All the houses have different colors and looks like a rainbow.  Isn't it beautiful? Must be a joy to live 

against mountains
joyful life

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode of CD Imagination is Now Open for your submissions and will remain open until October 4th at noon (CET ).  I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on. For now. .. have fun!

PS. Now Online our new CDHK prompt-list for October. You can find it above in the menu.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carpe Diem #1262 courtyard blues

Dear Haijin, vistors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our "Imagination Without Limits" month here at our Haiku Kai. One image says more than Thousand words and that's what we are "proving" here this month. We only have images for our inspiration and sometimes a little bit background.

Today's CD Imagination I have titled "courtyard blues" ... that was the feeling I got as I saw this image for the first time. I found it on Tumblr and it is taken somewhere in the Provence (France). I couldn't retrieve the photographer of this photo so if you are or know the photographer, please let me know.

Courtyard Blues
A short episode today, because I am on the nightshift and therefore don't have enough time to create this episode. That also means today no haiku or tanka by myself.

By the way: I have published our new prompt-list for October 2017, the month in which we will celebrate our fifth anniversary. You can find this new list above in the menu or by clicking HERE.

A preview of our new CD Imagination you can find on our CDHK Tumblr.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 3rd at noon (CEDT). Have fun!