Sunday, June 26, 2016

Carpe Diem Renga Party #3 Summer Moonlight


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to start with our Third Renga Party "Summer Moonlight". This Renga Party has 10 participants and the "hokku" is written by Dolores Fegan.
This Renga Party we are creating a traditional "summer" kasen-renga of 36 links. You have to try to respond within 24 hours by writing your link (stanza) in the comment field. As you have written your comment please ask in your comment your successor to write his / her link by "saying": Your turn (name of successor).

Between [ ] you find how much lines you have to write and which "theme" you have to use.

Some of you have to write two links on a row, because of a "turn" in the kasen-renga. The following participants have to write two links on a row: Candy, Kim M. Russell and Nimi Arora.
I hope that this Renga Party will be a success. Have fun!


Summer Moonlight


SUMMER MOONLIGHT
A Traditional Summer Kasen Renga
Started - Finished: June 27th
Written by / between: Dolores Fegan (DF); Joyce Lorenson (JL); Rallentanda (Ra); Kyle TM (KTM); Christy Draper (CD); Candy (Ca); Kim M. Russell (KMR); Nimi Arora (NA); Humbird (Hu) and Chèvrefeuille (Ch)
[SU = summer; A = autumn; W = winter; SP = spring; Misc. = non-seasonal references -- usually about people or feelings or places; Love = well you can decide... Moons are always autumn unless you name it a summer or winter or spring moon]

Here is the line-up for this Renga Party:

HOKKU:

1. summer moonlight
steals my sleep again
I stroll down the lane (DF)

2.[2] [SU] Joyce Lorenson
3.[3] [Misc.] Rallentanda
4.[2] [Misc.] Kyle TM
5.[3] [MOON / A] Christy Draper
6.[2] [A] [also write link #7] Candy

7.[3][A] Candy
8.[2] [Misc. / Love] Kim M. Russell
9.[3][Misc. / Love] Nimi Arora
10.[2][Misc. / Love] Humbird
11.[3] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
12.[2] [Misc.] Dolores Fegan
13.[3] [MOON / W] Joyce Lorenson
14.[2] [W] Rallentanda
15.[3] [Misc.] Kyle TM
16.[2] [Misc.] Christy Draper
17.[3] [FLOWER / SP] Candy
18.[2] [SP] [also write link #19] Kim M. Russell

19.[3] [SP] Kim M. Russell
20.[2] [Misc.] Nimi Arora
21.[3] [Misc.] Humbird
22.[2] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
23.[3] [SU] Dolores Fegan
24.[2] [SU] Joyce Lorenson
25.[3] [Misc. / Love] Rallentanda
26.[2] [Misc./ Love] Kyle TM
27.[3] [Misc./ Love] Christy Draper
28.[2] [Misc.] Candy
29.[3] [MOON / A] Kim. M. Russell
30.[2] [A] [also write link #31] Nimi Arora

31.[3] [A] Nimi Arora
32.[2] [Misc.] Humbird
33.[3] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
34.[2] [Misc. / SP] Dolores Fegan
35.[3] [FLOWER / SP] Joyce Lorenson
36.[2] [SP] Rallentanda (ageku or closing verse to connect the end with the start, like a chain)
I am looking forward to your creative links .... have fun!

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Carpe Diem #985 Austria


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a wonderful month, travelling through the European Union is awesome and today we will visit one of the European countries which I visited myself once long time ago. Today we will visit Austria. Austria became a member of the European Union (EU) in 1995. Let me tell you a little bit about the history of Austria.

The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire. From the time of the Reformation, many Northern German princes, resenting the authority of the Emperor, used Protestantism as a flag of rebellion. The Thirty Years War, the influence of the Kingdom of Sweden and Kingdom of France, the rise of the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Napoleonic invasions all weakened the power of the Emperor in the North of Germany, but in the South, and in non-German areas of the Empire, the Emperor and Catholicism maintained control. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria was able to retain its position as one of the great powers of Europe and, in response to the coronation of Napoleon as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. Following Napoleon's defeat, Prussia emerged as Austria's chief competitor for rule of a larger Germany. Austria's defeat by Prussia at the Battle of Königgrätz, during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, cleared the way for Prussia to assert control over the rest of Germany. In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary. After the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, Austria was left out of the formation of a new German Empire, although in the following decades its politics, and its foreign policy, increasingly converged with those of the Prussian-led Empire. During the 1914 July Crisis that followed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Germany guided Austria in issuing the ultimatum to Serbia that led to the declaration of World War I. 
Flag of Austria
After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (Deutschösterreich, later Österreich) in an attempt for union with Germany, but was forbidden due to the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919). The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Germany was occupied by the Allies and Austria's former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the Second Austrian Republic would become permanently neutral.
I remember that I visited Austria as a young guy of 18 years, it was an educational tour to learn German. I was housed in the home of an Austrian family, the best way to learn German. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Austrian nature. I had never seen mountains in reality, I only knew mountains from pictures. It was amazing ...

As a haiku poet nature is one of the main themes, so it must be easy to create haiku about the Austrian nature ... the clean mountain air, the mountains, the mountain flora and fauna ... awesome. Let us take a look at the beauty of the Alps.

The Alps
clear blue sky
embraces the mountains
cry of an eagle


© Chèvrefeuille

sound of water
babbling mountain stream

deepens the silence

© Chèvrefeuille

Austrian National Park (Hohe Tauern National Park)

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park provides endangered animal and plant species with a protected habitat. 1800 km² in area, Hohe Tauern National Park is actually the second largest in Europe. Here you can experience Mother Nature at her most beautiful: Austria’s highest peaks and biggest glaciers, meadows strewn with colorful alpine flowers, imposing crags and refreshing waterfalls. A centuries-old natural and cultural landscape, formed by the Ice Ages and the forces of the seasons, is just waiting to be discovered.
Mother Nature
dances in her Paradise
the sound of water
© Chèvrefeuille
As I was doing my research for this episode I ran into a wonderful, spiritual and mysterious almost mystical photo of the Alps. I just had to use it in this post today ... look for yourself.
Mystical Alps
serene beauty
the gods cherish Mother Nature
blessing her


© Chèvrefeuille
cloud cover breaks open
sun rays finding their way to the mountains
like blessing hands
© Chèvrefeuille
It wasn't easy to find haiku poets from Austria, but I finally found a few examples of haiku from Austria.
Eine Wasserrose,
Die aus der Tiefe auftaucht.
Kräuselt sich das Wasser.
A water lily
Emerging from the depth
Ripples of water
© Paul Ernst (1898) (one of the first haiku written in Austria)
And I found a few haiku by Dietmar Tauchner, a modern Austrian haiku poet, who has won several prizes and is also a member of the American Haiku Society. To read more haiku by Dietmar Tauchner please visit his website Bregengemme. (The German translations are my own)
Autumn Colors
 
Herbst Einbruch der Nacht
Die Eiche ist ein wieder
mit seinem Schatten
autumn nightfall
the oak is one again
with its shadow
Wiese Safran
die rohen Schreie von Staren
beziehen sich auf mich
meadow saffron
the raw cries of starlings
refer to me
© Dietmar Tauchner
Austria ... a wonderful country ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 1st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, the last CD-Special by Joyce Lorenson, later on.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra June 25th 2016 "Chained Together"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I downloaded our new CDHK e-book "chained together" I discovered a few lay-out problems so I have erased the possibility to download this new e-book. I have to redo it. My excuses for the inconvenience.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem Utabukuro #12


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to bring to you a new episode of our special CD feature "Utabukuro" (or "poembag"). Let me tell you the goal of this special feature first:

The goal of this CDHK feature is not difficult, because I just ask you to share a haiku or tanka which you admire. That haiku or tanka can be one of a classical or non-classical haiku poet or one by you. You can choose whatever you like, but it has to be a haiku or tanka. Maybe the haiku brings you sweet (or sad) memories or you just like it. Explain why you have chosen that haiku or tanka to share here "in" CDHK's Utabukuro, poem bag and ... that's the second task for this feature, write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one you have chosen.
For this episode I dived into my archives (built from 1988) and choose a haiku which I once have written myself for Wonder Haiku Worlds.

This haiku I wrote in 2006, it was a first try to write in the free style as Santoka Taneda did. (I also will give the Dutch translation):


silence
petals of cherry blossoms fall
so quiet

stilte
kersenbloesem valt

zo sereen
© Chèvrefeuille

Recently I wrote a few haiku for the haiku-contest of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which I (of course) cannot re-publish here, because the judging is still going on, and the haiku I submitted for this contest cannot be published earlier.

As you all know cherry blossoms are one of my favorite themes to write haiku about. So to fulfill the goal of this feature I love to share an all new haiku on Cherry Blossoms.

departing
cherry blossom petals fall
without sound
© Chèvrefeuille
And now it is up to you. Share your favorite haiku with us all and try to create an all new haiku inspired on your choice haiku.
This episode is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Saturday July 2nd at noon (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Extra June 25th 2016 Kukai "Prayers" and "3rd Renga Party"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe it escaped from your attention, but on May 27th 2016 I posted a call for submissions for our new kukai "prayers", but until now I have only one CDHK family-member who has submitted haiku for this kukai "prayers".

You all will understand that this kukai needs some more submissions so I have decided to prolong the time you have to submit your haiku for the kukai "Prayer".

Please email your haiku (a maximum of three not published earlier) for the kukai "Prayers" to our email-address:

carpediemhaikukai@gmail.com

Please write 'kukai prayers" in the subject line.

You can submit your haiku until July 10th 10.00 PM (CET).

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

PS. I will start with our third Renga Party after this weekend on Monday June 27th. I will make a line-up and publish it here at our Haiku Kai. I know this is somewhat later than planned, but as I wrote in one of our earlier posts this month I have underestimated the time which I need for the research of our Europe Ginko.

Carpe Diem #984 Malta


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "stage" in our Carpe Diem Europe Ginko, in which we will visit a large part of the countries that are part of the European Union (EU). Maybe you have followed the new about the so called "Brexit" about the British referendum to stay in the EU or leave the EU. This referendum took place on June 23rd and a small majority voted to leave the EU, with 52% the UK will leave the EU. So as for today on the UK will be no longer an active member of the EU. It's for sure not very clear what will happen to the EU or the UK after the Brexit ... we will see in time.

Okay back to our "stage" today. Today we will visit Malta (once a part of the UK) were the people speak English and Greek. Let us take a brief look at the Maltese history.

Malta's location has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British, have ruled the islands. 
Maltese flag
King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the George Cross to Malta in 1942 for the country's bravery in the Second World War. The George Cross continues to appear on Malta's national flag. Under the Malta Independence Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1964, Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom as an independent sovereign Commonwealth realm, officially known from 1964 to 1974 as the State of Malta, with Elizabeth II as its head of state. The country became a republic in 1974, and although no longer a Commonwealth realm, remains a current member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004; in 2008, it became part of the Eurozone.
Malta has a long Christian legacy and its Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta is claimed to be an apostolic see because, according to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked on Malta. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta.
Let us take a closer look at the Maltese nature ... 
Harbor of Valletta, capital of Malta
clouds
moving forward
rain?
© Chèvrefeuille

As I was doing research for this episode I ran into a wonderful "creature" named Velella. The velella is found in all warm and temperature waters of all the oceans. The organism is like an oval, translucent, deep-blue plastic with a transparent sail on top.  It lives on the water surface and is at the mercy of the wind, tides and currents for transport. It is often found in large numbers and sometimes hundreds of thousands become stranded along the coast. This beautiful "creature" is found often in the waters around Malta.
Velella
small creatures
fighting against the wind
Velella
© Chèvrefeuille
floating plastic?
is the water polluted?
no ... Velella!


© Chèvrefeuille
 
Landscape of Malta
green meadow
as far as I can see
colorful flowers
© Chèvrefeuille
Malta ... paradise? I think so ... it's really a beautiful country. Must be awesome to live there. By the way ... I told you about the history of Malta and there are several ancient remains, so called megalithic temples, on Malta. One of those megalithic temples is Tarxien Temple:
 
Tarxien Temple
praying to the gods
offering them the gifts of nature
peace of mind
© Chèvrefeuille
With the beauty of Maltese nature and its rich history there have to be haiku poets on the Island. I searched for them on the Internet and found only one Maltese haiku poets, John P. Portelli (I couldn't retrieve an emailaddress or something to ask permission, but as always I credit the poet):
çass il-˙amiem
lil sidu jistenna –
ma jici qatt
the pigeons stare
awaiting their master —
he never comes
ri˙et ix-xita
fuq bjut im˙allba friski:
taqtig˙ il-qalb
the smell of rain
on terraces newly sealed:
losing heart
ri˙et ix-xita
fuq ˙axix mixwi sfajjar:
fer˙et il-qalb
the smell of rain
on scorched and jaundiced grass:
heart’s delight
g˙ollieq inigge!
jispunta kullimkien –
ming˙ajr avvi!
stinging thorns
growing everywhere —
no prior notice
tqattar ix-xita
ixiddu l-˙mura s-sicar
oqbra mg˙ottija
dripping rain
trees blushing
covered tombs
taqbe! il-˙uta
jin˙eba f’˙alqha l-ganç
ba˙ar ka˙lani
the fish leaps
in mouth the hook is hiding
azure sea
Azure Sea Malta
 
id-dell tad-dielja
jinfirex, jo˙loq kenn –
jg˙annu l-imrie!aq
the vine’s shadow
spreads, makes shelter —
the cicadas sing
il-weraq waqg˙u
qrie˙u s-sicar bla g˙ata
erwie˙ mitlufa.
the leaves have shed
bald the trees uncovered
lost souls.
waslet ix-xitwa
bil-ckieket u l-irwejja˙:
boççi tal-kamla
winter’s here
with jackets and scents:
moth balls!
u jg˙anni bikri
il-kardinal ˙amrani
u l-qattus jong˙os
he sings so early
the crimson bird –
the cat is dozing
tqattar ix-xita
jifir˙u !-!rincijiet
f’g˙adira niexfa
dripping rain
the frogs rejoice
in a dry pond
© John P. Portelli
 
Well I hope you did like this episode about Malta and of course ... I hope to have inspired you to create haiku yourself.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 30th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Austria, later on. For now .... have fun!
 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra June 24th 2016 Now Available "Chained Together", a new exclusive CDHK e-book


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Now available a new exclusive CDHK e-book "Chained Together", Tan Renga. In this new e-book I have gathered all the Tan Renga Challenges of May 2016 and the responses. I hope you will like it.

"Chained Together" is now available for download at the left of our Haiku Kai.

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #104 "by the mountain spring" by Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our weekly special Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge. In this feature the goal is to add the second stanza (of two lines) towards a given "hokku". This week I have chosen to challenge you with a haiku by the Lithuanian haiku poetess Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė, as introduced in our Europe Ginko stage Lithuania.

by the mountain spring
we talk about the same things
just in other words
© Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė
And now it is up to you to create the second stanza through association on images in this "hokku".


Mountain Spring

Here is my attempt:


by the mountain spring
we talk about the same things
just in other words 
                           
© Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė

the summer breeze whispers
through the willow leaves
                  © Chèvrefeuille

This Tan Renga Challenge is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday July 1st at noon (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem #983 Lithuania


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this (belated) episode of our Europe Ginko. I am on the nightshift so I couldn't create it earlier. Today we will visit Lithuania, one of the Baltic states. Lithuania became a member of the European Union (EU) in 2004.

For centuries, the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea were inhabited by various Baltic tribes. In the 1230s, the Lithuanian lands were united by Mindaugas, the King of Lithuania, and the first unified Lithuanian state, the Kingdom of Lithuania, was created on 6 July 1253. During the 14th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe; present-day Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were the territories of the Grand Duchy. With the Lublin Union of 1569, Lithuania and Poland formed a voluntary two-state union, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Commonwealth lasted more than two centuries, until neighboring countries systematically dismantled it from 1772–95, with the Russian Empire annexing most of Lithuania's territory.
Lithuanian flag

As World War I neared its end, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the re-establishment of a sovereign State of Lithuania. Starting in 1940, Lithuania was occupied first by the Soviet Union and then by Nazi Germany. As World War II neared its end in 1944 and the Germans retreated, the Soviet Union reoccupied Lithuania. On 11 March 1990, a year before the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent, resulting in the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania.

Lithuania is a small country, but its nature is overwhelming and breathtaking, similar with the other two Baltic states (Estonia and Latvia) we already have visited. So let us take a look at the Lithuanian nature.
Lithuania is a lowland country. Its highest point is merely 294 m above sea level (in fact Lithuania is the world's largest country without locations above 300 m). The lack of mountains on the horizon is compensated by lush forests and countless lakes.


Nemunas River Delta National Park, Lithuania
seeking their way
through the lowlands
clouds on water


© Chèvrefeuille

My country is flat, but I hadn't thought that there would be a country more flat than The Netherlands. Our highest "mountain", the Vaalserberg, is 322 m above sea level. Lithuanian's highest point is nearly 300 m above sea level.

Lithuania is sometimes called "the land of lakes", because thaere are about 6000 lakes in Lithuania. A lot of villages are situated on the borders of these lakes for example Trakai. As I saw this image I immediately fell in love with this small country, this "land of lakes". Look for yourself.

Trakai
surrounded by water
living on the borders of the lakes
I found true love


© Chèvrefeuille

Awesome ... what a beautiful country Lithuania is ... have to visit it ...


Lithuania, the land of lakes
land of lakes
Excalibur once thrown away
recovered in Lithuania


© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one, but the story of Excalibur came in mind as I saw this beautiful image of Lihuania. the land of lakes.

In Lithuania there are a lot of haiku poets and they are great. Back in 2011 the Japanese Embassy in Vilnius organized a haiku contest and I love to share a few of the haiku submitted for that contest here with you.



bumpt bumpt obuoliai
sodo tyloj į žemę
žiemos beldimas

flump and flump apples
in garden’s silence to earth
knocking of winter

© Dainius Dirgéla

Kiškiakopūstis
dreba nuo menko vėjo
meilės trikampis
a wood sorrel
shiver with gentle wind
love triangle
© Asta Čižiūnaitė  
 
Lihuanian nature (did you know that Lithuania is the geographical center of Europe?
 
Kūdron įmetė
Mėnulio pinigą – kas
vilias čia grįžti?

Someone’s dropped into the pond
the Moon coin – who’s
hoping to come back?

© Vaclovas Mikailionis

tavo atvaizdas
pageltusioj nuotraukoj
ankstyvas ruduo
your image
on the yellowing photo
early autumn
© Andrius Luneckas

kalnų šaltini
kalbam apie tą patį
tik kitais žodžiais

by the mountain spring
we talk about the same things
just in other words

© Goda Virginija Bendoraitienė

Well ... I hope I have inspired you with the beauty of Lithuania.


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

!!! PS. I am behind with commenting, but I hope to catch up a.s.a.p. !!!

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #982 Latvia


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this: I promised you at the start of this month that our new Theme Week would start on June 20th, but as you already have seen I haven't started that Theme Week. I underestimated the research and time for our Europe Ginko. I want to apologize for this. Because of the underestimation of this month's research I have decided to do no Theme Week this month. I will create the planned Theme Week next month. I am sorry.

Okay back to today's stage in our Europe Ginko. We are going to the North of Europe, to Latvia, one of the three small Balkan states. We visited this part of Europe earlier this month when were in Estonia ... and now we are going to visit Latvia. Latvia became a member of the European Union (EU) in May 2004.

Latvia officially the Republic of Latvia , is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, and Belarus to the southeast, as well as a maritime border to the west alongside Sweden.

Latvia has a rich history and has always kept its own identity notwithstanding influences from outside of the country or foreign rules to let go of their (for example) own language. So I think the Latvians are a very proud and strong race.

Let us take a closer look at the natural beauty of Latvia and I hope to inspire you all to create wonderful haiku. One of the first things which came in mind was a beautiful cape. Cape Kolka on the northern tip of Latvia at the gulf of Riga.


Cape Kolka
rough sea
destroyed the old tree
seagull cries

© Chèvrefeuille

Cape Kolka is in my opinion the reflection of the strength of the Latvian people as described earlier in this post. Look at that strong tree surrounded by young trees. In perfect harmony ... death and life ... that's the power of the Latvians. They survive and stay close to themselves ... is this not also the strength of a haiku poet? Staying close to our roots, rooted in the strong barren earth one with nature.
As I was doing research for this episode I also sought for haiku by Latvian poets, but it wasn't easy to find them. What I did encounter was Latvia's own short (haiku-like) poem ... the Daina. It's a nice poetry form, but not well known outside Latvia because of the language and culture of Latvia. Only the Latvian people can understand these Dainas which were orally given from the one generation to the other generation. An example: 

« Sen to Rigu daudzinaja, Nu to Rigu ieraudziju, Visapkart smilšu kalni, Parti Rīga udeni.  »

« For a long time Rīga has been glorified, finally I saw it, everywhere around the sandy hills, Rīga, even in the water.  »

I don't know the name of the poet, but this Daina sounds similar to a haiku. It brought a haiku by Basho in my mind, which you all surely know too, because I used it as an example for one of our Haiku Writing Techniques "repetition":

"Matsushima,
Ah! Matsushima!
Matsushima!"


© Basho 

Latvia has the fifth highest proportion of land covered by forests in the EU.
still life -
forests covered in million of colors

amazing autumn

© Chèvrefeuille

Look at those forests, amazing ...

And than ... I ran into a wonderful image of  Venta Rapid, the widest European waterfall, in Kuldiga. Cherished by the Latvian people and protected by European laws as an natural monument of Latvia.


Venta Rapid at Kuldiga
the sweet sound of water
resonates through the summer air
a croaking frog


© Chèvrefeuille

Latvia is really an awesome country ... rich soil for haiku ... and here are a few of Latvia's most known haiku poets:

Gaisma ir zobens
Tā tevi nocērt līdz pašai
Tavas tumsas saknei


Light is a sword 
That will cut you
To your darkest roots


© Leons Briedis, Latvia, (“World Haiku 2010 No.6”, p.13. )

Or what do you think of these beauties by Valdis Jansons:

Poetess's car:
silver handles and piston rods...
a train far away


Invisible thread:
a black butterfly pulling
the yellow locomotive


Night train...
after sleep, I wake up
within my dream

© Valdis Jansons

Or these by the well-known haiku poet Janis Petersons:


A frozen window.
The TV set
Keeps silent too...


A pink sunbeam
In dark blue ice.
Evening in March.

Tiny Lizard on a wall

Old stone wall in sun. 
A tiny lizard on it. 
Tranquility.


Autumn thoughts
Like swallows on a wire
Before flying away


© Janis Petersons

Well ... I hope you did like our visit to Latvia ... it was again a joy to create this post and I hope that I have inspired you all to create haiku, tanka and other Japanese poetry forms.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 27th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, Lithuania, later on.