Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 5th (4)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Isn't it awesome to create Tan Renga together as in the underscore of the logo "chained together". It is really a joy to read all your completions, but I haven't had time to visit you all or comment on your completion. I hope to catch up the upcoming days ... Sometimes I will only "like" your completion and sometimes I will comment, but I promise you that I will visit you all.

Today (May 5th) here in The Netherlands we are celebrating freedom with a lot of festivities and I hope that the haiku I have for you as the starting verse / stanza of our Tan Renga will give that 'freedom' idea also.
For today's Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen for a wellknown haiku by Chiyo-Ni, as you maybe have read already on our twitter account. The goal is to complete the Tan Renga by adding a second stanza through association. That second stanza counts two lines of approx. 7-7 syllables.

Morning Glory
morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

© Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

A beautiful haiku I would say and I think it's a nice starting verse for our Tan Renga. Here is my attempt to create a Tan Renga of this haiku by adding the second stanza.

morning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water
                                            © Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

celebrating the first day of spring
drinking tea together with my love
         © Chèvrefeuille      

While I was thinking about the second stanza I remembered that I once have written my own "narrow road into the deep north', that famous haibun by Basho. In that haibun (my own) I included a haiku about drinking tea with friends. My second stanza is inspired on that haiku.

Well ... now it is up to you to complete the Tan Renga by adding a second stanza.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 9th at noon (CET). Our new starting verse for May 6th is already published on our twitter account. May 6th we will have a haiku by Hamish "Managua" Gunn as the starting verse. For now ... have fun!

In The Spotlight at Carpe Diem #2 Joyce Lorenson

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to bring a new episode of our "In The Spotlight at Carpe Diem" feature. Last week I introduced to you Robert Gibson a.k.a. Ubugu and today I love to introduce to you another great haiku poetess who shares her haiku through the mail with us.

For starters I love to share a haiga created by Joyce inspired on "puddles" after that Joyce will tell you something about herself.

© haiku by Joyce Lorenson
This is what Joyce tells about herself:

[...] "I was born in 1944 in Rhode Island, U.S.A., and lived my first years on my grandfather's dairy farm by the sea, where my father and grandfather were fishermen and farmers. My childhood was spent working with my parents and brothers on our farms, a wonderful time so in tune with nature.
I grew up in the company of cows, surrounded by a river, a pond, fields, orchards and woods, and all the animals and birds that are part of that landscape. My entire life has been spent here in New England not far from where I was born. At age twelve I was introduced to poetry at school and was smitten. I decided I wanted to be a poet, but sadly I felt I had no ability and abandoned the idea.

Around that time I also discovered the culture of Japan and became enamored of all things Japanese. Upon graduating high school, I soon married and had a family, years later I became a florist, never losing my love of poetry, but not writing. 

Joyce Lorenson (2016)

Five years ago I decided it was now or never, I had to give writing a go. After writing several traditional free verse poems, I began to feel a shorter form would suit me better. Having always loved haiku, a year ago I thought I would try my hand at it and found it very enjoyable, but challenging, which also suits me.

I continually strive to improve my haiku. I have been very lucky to have had several poems published, a long awaited dream come true, as well as my dream of visiting Japan, which I did twice. I also paint, make botanical prints, and am a bird and nature watcher as I still live in a rural area." [...]

A wonderful biography in which we already read that Joyce is close to nature ... haiku has done it again ... haiku found another 'real' haiku poet living close to nature and with nature. As you have read above Joyce was already in love with nature on a young age and I am glad that she granted me also permission to use a childhood photo of her.

Joyce already studying nature on my grandfather's farm
I am honored that Joyce would participate in this new feature at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I have several haiku written by her inspired on our prompts which I love to share here too.


magnolia blossoms
their lemony fragrance
lifting my spirits


lights along the shore
shimmering reflections
ripple in the lake

glowing in the dark
friendly lights
far side of the lake

inspired on Sara's kikobun:

dappled summer morning

picking silver blushed berries
tongues dyed indigo *

*This is taken from a poem I wrote about going blueberrying as a child.

haiga muddy road by Joyce Lorenson
A kikobun:

Nestled below Kamakura hills we descended down the path to visit the temple complex. It was a warm, sunny day with the scents of spring and bird song. The history and architecture filled us with awe and respect. After strolling about the grounds, we left, climbing the uphill path in contemplation when suddenly the stillness was broken by a loud blast of noise. We turned, looking back and down into the valley, and witnessed a chain of saffron robed monks walking in a procession from the temple, their leader blowing on a conch shell horn, a very Zen moment.

conch shell blast
quaking leaves
in the vacillating air


an ancient gingko
girdled with a shimenawa
prayers of pilgrims


unexpected rain
on the Kamakura station platform
a man selling umbrella

spatter of rain
on our umbrella
counting koi

waking to rain
in a lamp lit puddle
swirling leaves

haiga "prayers for rain" by Joyce Lorenson

falling leaves:

leaves sailing
in a whirl of wind
our separate lives


emerging from a cloud
of cherry blossoms
five storied pagoda

birds miss the point
piercing the sky
pagoda at Kan'ei-ji

I think you all think the same about Joyce her haiku and haiga. Joyce is a very gifted haiku poetess and I am so proud that I had the honor to create this "In The Spotlight" episode about her.

Do you know a haiku poet / ess without a weblog or website who loves to be published online here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai? Please let me know through an email to our emailaddress:

I am looking forward to your responses. As you know there is no linking possibility for this special feature, but you can respond through the comment-field.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #78 Soliloquy no Renga "sutumn night" by Santoka Taneda

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here is our first Tokubetsudesu episode of May. I couldn't find a nice theme for this Tokubetsudesu so I decided to challenge you to write a Soliloquy no Renga in this Tan Renga month. Maybe you can remember that I invented this solo renga a few years ago, but I will tell you again what a Soliloquy no Renga is.

As the name already says ... Soliloquy no Renga is a renga written by one poet. It challenges you to associate on your own stanzas to create a "solo-renga". A renga has two kinds of stanzas, three lined stanza and two lined stanza (as renga and Tan Renga). You may decide yourself how long you will make your Soliloquy no Renga, but at least 6 stanzas.

Logo of CD-Soliloquy no Renga

For this Tokubetsudesu Soliloquy no Renga challenge I have a nice haiku by Santoka Taneda (1882-1940). Santoka Taneda is known for his 'free-styled' haiku, no syllables-count, no kigo. He was really a free thinker in haiku-land.

Here is the starting verse of this week's Soliloquy no Renga challenge:

Aki noyo ya inu kara morattari neko ni ataetari

Autumn night--
I received it from the dog
And gave it to the cat.

© Santoka Taneda

Santoka Taneda (1882-1940)
It has become a short episode, because of lack of time. I hope to come up with a Soliloquy no Renga based on this haiku by Santoka Taneda myself later on.

This Tokubetsudesu episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 8th at noon (CET). I will publish our next Tan Renga Challenge based on a haiku by Chiyo-Ni (as you can find on our twitter account) later on.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 3rd (3) " in the moonlight"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This month it's all about Tan Renga, that short chained renga in which two poets write a Tan Renga. For today's TRC I have chosen a haiku written by myself, so I will not write a second stanza this time, because of the fact that Tan Renga are written by two different poets.

Here is the first stanza (as published earlier on our twitter account):

in the moonlight
Wisteria flowers look fragile -
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you my dear Haijin to write the second stanza of two lines towards this haiku to complete the Tan Renga.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 7th at noon (CET). Have fun! You can find our new first stanza for May 5th already on our twitter account. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge month May 2nd (2) "shadows of leaves"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the second episode of this Tan Renga Challenge month and maybe you have read the haiku already which we are going to use today. Here it is, a haiku by Jane Reichhold:

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten

© Jane Reichhold

Her flute forgotten

And now it is up to you ... create the second stanza of this Tan Renga through associating on the scene(s) in the given haiku.

Here is my attempt:

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten
                         (© Jane Reichhold)

caressing summer breeze
enchanted melody rises
                 (© Chèvrefeuille)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 6th at noon (CET). I will publish our next Tan Renga Challenge later on. The haiku for that Tan Renga Challenge you can find at our twitter account already.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge month May 1st (1) 'old pond'

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this: Our "New Life" - kukai is running towards it end. If you would like to participate in this kukai you can email a maximum of three (never published earlier) haiku to our Kai's email-address:

Please write "new life" kukai in the subject line. You can submit your haiku for the kukai until May 1st 10.00 PM (CET)

Welcome at a new month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month it's all Tan Renga, a short linked chain poem created by two poets. Tan Renga looks very similar with tanka it has 5 lines with approx. 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per line. There is only a slight difference. Tan Renga is written by two poets. One poet writes the first stanza of 3 lines, the hokku or haiku. And the other poet writes the second stanza of 2 lines through associating on the scene of the first stanza. A Tanka is written by one poet.

How will this month go? I will post our first stanza of the Tan Renga on our twitter account one day earlier then the actual post on our Haiku Kai.

To start this Tan Renga Challenge month I have chosen for that world famous haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) 'frog pond'.

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

By associating on the scene you have to create / write the 2nd (two lined) stanza to complete the Tan Renga. Please insert the first stanza into your post with your 2nd stanza. Have fun!

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

I throw a pebble
old pond resonates

This episode 'old pond' is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 5th at noon (CET). I will tweet and post our new first stanza and episode later on.

PS. I had a major computer crash so I have to restart editing the CDHK e-book "Color Your Life". It will take some time ... sorry !!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Carpe Diem #966 passing of spring

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here it is our last episode of April. This month was about haiga and I have seen wonderful haiga and I am glad that you all did like this month. It was a joy to see that there were new participants and that other participants returned. Thank you all for making this month and Carpe Diem Haiku Kai a success.

Today our prompt is passing of spring and it is based on Jane Reichhold's saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku". I love to thank Jane for giving permission to use her work. Thank you Jane.
Jane's saijiki is really awesome and a great source for prompts passing of spring Jane explains with an example of her beautiful haiku:

passing of spring
water trickles over rock
into the koi pond

© Jane Reichhold

Departing spring ... all trees and bushes green. The warmth of the sun, finally time for the beach ... a joy it's summer.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 4th at noon (CET). I will publish our first episode of May, in which we will have all Tan Renga, later on. I don't have the promptlist ready ... I hope to publish it tomorrow.

Carpe Diem #965 puddles

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This Haiga-month is almost over counting this one then we have only two episodes of haiga. I am still in the nightshift and this will not be a very long episode.

For today our modern kigo to create a haiga about is puddles. Well ... this prompt don't needs explanation ... we are all familiar with puddles ... so let me give a few examples of haiku written on puddles by Jane Reichhold:

floating clouds
down from the mountain
a puddle of rain

rain drops
in a puddle crowns
of light jewels
© Jane Reichhold

Awesome isn't it? This photo brings a lot of memories back. Didn't we all do that when we were children? Jumping in puddles until we were soaked? I even recall that I did that a few years ago while I was playing outside with my grandchildren. The oldest asked: "Granddad! May we jump in the puddles?" Of course I couldn't resist that question and I granted them permission to jump in the puddles. It was a joy and they were soaked 'til the bone. My youngest grandson asked me several minutes later if I would jump in the puddles with them. After some hesitation I laughed and jumped in the puddles myself with my grandsons ... 'til we were all soaked 'til the bone. It was fun and as we came home ... well we laughed again and drank hot chocolate-milk. What a joy ... to feel a kid again. Surely worth trying (smiles) to do the same as I did with my grandsons. 

feeling a kid again
jumping in the puddles of spring -
soaked 'til the bone

© Chèvrefeuille
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 4th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, passing of spring, later on. Have fun!

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge restarted. (starting with number 100) "magnolia blossoms" by Soseki Natsume

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As I promised in an earlier post I will 'restart' the Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge in which the goal is to complete a Tan Renga by writing the 2nd stanza of two lines (7-7 syllables approx.) to a given haiku. Tan Renga is a short chained renga written by two (2) haiku poets and looks similar to tanka.
In an earlier post I gave a short explanation and an Example of a Tan Renga (that post you can find HERE).
In this 'restarting' episode I have chosen a haiku written by Soseki Natsume which I used in our last CD Theme Week 'Magnolia Blossoms, haiku by Soseki Natsume'.
Here is the first (3-lined) stanza of the Tan Renga you have to complete:
the sky I see
seems full of
magnolia blossoms
© Soseki Natsume 
Cherry Blossoms and Magnolia Blossoms (Woodblock by Hoitsu)

I think you will remember this haiku by Soseki Natsume and I love to challenge you to create the second stanza of this Tan Renga by associating on the scene in the haiku by Soseki Natsume.
Here is my attempt to complete this Tan Renga:
the sky I see
seems full of
magnolia blossoms                
© Soseki Natsume
colorful clouds of fantasy
a new day rises
                         © Chèvrefeuille
Not as strong as I had hoped. I am looking forward to your completions of this Tan Renga Challenge. This Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 6th at noon (CET). Have fun!    

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #208 Sara McNulty's 4th "fantasy" shadorma

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this: Through circumstances I forgot to publish the 4th CD-special by Sara yesterday. I was to busy with the new edition of Souchou, our own e-zine. So here it is the last CD-special of April in which I will 'highlight' haiku by Sara McNulty, our 'time'-kukai winner.

As I ran through Sara's oeuvre I ran into several beautiful haiku, but I ran also into a shadorma. I remember that I have done a Carpe Diem "Little Ones" episode somewhere in August 2014 and this is what I told you there about shadorma:

[...] "The Shadorma is a poetic form consisting of a six-line stanza (or sestet). The form is alleged to have originated in Spain. Each stanza has a syllable count of three syllables in the first line, five syllables in the second line, three syllables in the third and fourth lines, seven syllables in the fifth line, and five syllables in the sixth line (3/5/3/3/7/5) for a total of 26 syllables. A poem may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas).

It has been suggested that the shadorma is not a historical poetic form as it is alleged to be by those who have recently revived and popularized it. There is no evidence of extant early Spanish poetry using this form. Further, the word shadorma does not appear in Spanish-language dictionaries, and no examples of the early usage of the form appear in poetry textbooks or anthologies. Further, there is no literary criticism regarding its history in Spanish literature. Considering this, the alleged history of the shadorma may be modern hoax (a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth) or the poetic equivalent of an urban legend (a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true). However, the shadorma has been used by many modern writers and is a popular writing exercise in creative writing programs." [...]

Sara wrote a nice shadorma "fantasy" which I love to share here:

She returns to earth
winged spirit
on a leaf’s silver tear.
Unseen, she observes.

And a nice double shadorma "a cozy evening":

My sister and I
watched old films,
black and white
holiday classics we knew
by heart.  Curled on couch

our arms extended,
palms stroking
gold-brown fur
of a tiger-striped tabby,
green eyes, slits of bliss.

The goal for this CD-Special is to write a shadorma inspired on the verses by Sara. Here is my attempt:

It's a poetry-form were I am not so familiar with so I will give it a try to write my first Shadorma ever and share it here with you all ...

red Roses
sharing their perfume,
morning mist
and the soft breeze
giving it to the whole wide world,
unknown love

© Chèvrefeuille

This CD-Special is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 3rd at noon (CET). I will post our planned episode, puddles, later on.