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!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carpe Diem Ghost Writer #38, a little bit different ... playing again ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This GW-post will be a little bit different than what I usely publish, because I love to take the opportunity to "play again" with a few prompts from the rich history of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. A few days ago I asked you all for your help and you all shared ideas ... I am going to create an all new feature in which I will "play again" prompts from our CDHK history. This new feature is not completely created, but I loved to share a few of our historical prompts today with you all.

Here are the prompts to "play again" from our CDHK history:

Carpe Diem # 68, Winter Grasses
Carpe Diem # 82, Withered Mums
Carpe Diem # 294, Orchids

You may choose which one you would like to use, of course if you think you can write on all three, feel free to do so ...
This GW-post you can see as the introduction to our new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai feature "Time-machine" in which we will "play again" with prompts from our CDHK history.

samourai warrior
enchanted by the beauty of orchids
bows his head in praise

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 19th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, ice-skating, later on. For now ... enjoy the fun and the dive into our CDHK history.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #122, Richard Wright's 3rd haiku "The Violet Beds"

!! I am a little bit late with publishing I am sorry !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another CD-Special is starting today. As you all know our featured haiku poet this month is Richard Wright and he has written a lot of haiku. So I can choose from a very broad range of haiku. Not an easy task, but it's really a joy.
I didn't know Richard Wright and as learned to know him I was stunned, because he wrote more than 4000 haiku in just 2 years ... I have written a lot of haiku, but I never have written that much in almost two years. So he is really a great haiku poet.
For this CD-Special I love to challenge you a little bit. As you maybe know I have created the Troiku as you can find above in the menu. It's a kind of creativity with haiku ... in short you have to use every line of the haiku (three in total) as the starting line for a new haiku. The Troiku is created as you have written three new haiku. I love to challenge you, but remember it's not an obligation, to turn the given haiku by Richard Wright into a Troiku.

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

I give permission
For this slow spring rain to soak
The violet beds.

© Richard Wright

A nice haiku I think. If you will try your hand at Troiku than you have to use the three separated lines as the starting line of a new haiku. I will (try to) give an example:

first haiku: starting with "I give permission"

I give permission
to visit the ancient temples -
go on bare feet

© Chèvrefeuille

second haiku: starting with "for this slow spring rain to soak"

for this slow spring rain to soak
I warn you and your laundry
it will become wet

© Chèvrefeuille

third haiku: starting with "the violet beds"

the violet beds
look like a rainbow in the sky
garden festival

© Chèvrefeuille

Ok ... not a strong example, but it is just to show you how I see the troiku. Of course you may also write one all new haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Richard Wright.


I also will give my inspired haiku in which I hope to catch, in a certain way, the spirit of Richard Wright:

children's laughter
playing in the fresh puddles
trampling the clouds

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I think you have enough inspiration ... so I am looking forward to all of your wonderful haiku and I hope you will try your hand on Troiku.

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Carpe Diem Extra December 2014-2, which prompts you love to see in reprise?

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I need your help. I am starting soon with the creation of our new prompt-list, the first for 2015, but for that new month of Carpe Diem I need your help. One of our participants and family-members, Girl Friday, suggested the following: Carpe Diem has been on line for more than two years. There were great prompts which I missed, because I found your weblog only this year. Why don't you make a new feature in which you bring the reprise of wonderful prompts from the history of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai?

You will remember our second anniversary month last October in which I used all prompts from our history and now I have the idea, brought to me by Girl Friday, to make another month of reprise-prompts. So why I need your help? Well ... I will ask you all:

"Which prompt from our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai you want to see again in a reprise month next January? You can leave your suggestions in the comment-field. I will start creating our new prompt-list after Christmas, so please if you have an idea for a reprise-prompt let me know before, say December 28th 2014".

I am looking forward to your choices.

Have a great and magical Christmas time and I hope you all will have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a very happy 2015 in which you all, I hope, will be here again .... I hope you all will have a very inspirational 2015 and I am looking forward to all of your wonderful haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka and haibun.


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Carpe Diem Time Glass #14, Winter Wonderland

!! This Carpe Diem Time Glass episode I publish earlier, because of the task hidden in it. It's not an easy one. So it needs a little 'freedom' to become inspired therefore I publish it today, but it will open tomorrow December 15th at 7.00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is time again for a new Time Glass episode in which you have to respond within 24 hours. This week I love to step into the Winter Wonderland ... the time of year brings that idea to me. Last Saturday we watched a TV-show in which Dutch artist sang Christmas songs and one of those Christmas songs was "Winter Wonderland". I think you all know that classic Christmas song so I don't need to share it here, but of course I have to share a "Winter Wonderland" image here, because that's part of the Time Glass challenge, an image and a prompt for your inspiration. I have found a wonderful "Winter Wonderland" image:

What a wonderful winterland don't you think too? Look at the snow and that gorgeous color of the Camelia must be a source of inspiration for you all.
This week I love to challenge you all a bit more to write a short chained poem with a maximum of eight stanza following the classical rules (5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7; 5-7-5; 7-7) and your last stanza (classically called "ageku") has to close the chain by associating on the first stanza. Of course you don't need to use the classical syllables count, but that's up to you.
Not an easy task I think, but therefore I give you all 24 hours instead of 18 hours ... So you have to write a chained poem (Renga) of maximum eight (8) stanza inspired on the image and the prompt WINTER WONDERLAND within 24 hours. This Carpe Diem Time Glass episode starts Monday, December 15th, at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until Tuesday, December 16th, at 7.00 PM (CET).