Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Carpe Diem #548, Traveler

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another day to discover Khalil's "Sand and Foam" and today we will see a total different meaning of what I am always write in my greeting here, traveler(s). At first I thought of the gipsies, who call them self 'travelers' so my first focus is on them.

Travellers (or Travelers) have a nomadic life in their history. Nowadays they stay on one place, but once it was a tarveling group of people, that's why they call them self 'travellers'. They had all mobile houses and were tracking from the one place to the other ... There are travelers all over the world, but mainly this post is about the Irish travelers.
Credits: Travelers
The historical origins of Irish Travellers as an ethnic group has been a subject of academic and popular debate. Such discussions have been difficult as Irish Travellers left no written records of their own. They may be of Romani extraction, although this theory is disputed by some, and theories of pre-Celt origin also exist. Ten percent of the Gammon language comes from Romani, however the majority of its words derive from Celtic.
In 2011 an analysis of DNA from 40 Travellers was undertaken at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and the University of Edinburgh. The study provided evidence that Irish Travellers are a distinct Irish ethnic minority, who separated from the settled Irish community at least 1000 years ago; the claim was made that they are distinct from the settled community as Icelanders are from Norwegians. Even though all families claim ancient origins, not all families of Irish Travellers date back to the same point in time; some families adopted Traveller customs centuries ago, while others did so more recently. It is unclear how many Irish Travellers would be included in this distinct ethnic group at least from a genetic perspective.
There has been a wide range of theories speculating their origins such as that they were descended from those Irish who were made homeless by Oliver Cromwell's military campaign in Ireland in the 1650s, or possibly from the people made homeless in the 1840s famine due to eviction, or the descendants of aristocratic nomads the Clan Murtagh O'Connors in the Late Middle Ages. Their nomadism was based on cattle-herds or creaghts. (Source: Wikipedia)
Credits: Travellers (2)
A wonderful culture I think and they have evolved during the decades ... and they are followed in several TV-shows (at least here in The Netherlands).

Ok ... back to our prompt, traveler, for today. I think you have already understand that 'traveler' is the prompt for today. Traveling as in traveling is going away for a vacation or short trip, or traveling to work. But traveling can also mean that we are on a journey into ourselves ... on the route to our Inner Self and that's were Khalil's 'verse' is about.


[...] "A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul". [...]

And this is so true, as you all know we are busy with our Carpe Diem Vision Quest and that quest is very close to this 'verse' by Khalil. And I hope this 'verse' will inspire you to travel deeper into your self seeking for the Inner Self.

a new journey
along the roads of God's Creation
seeking the truth within

seeking the truth within
the road like the Honeysuckle (*) bush
a new journey

© Chèvrefeuille

(*) Honeysuckle's deeper meaning is "searching for the Inner Self".

Honeysuckle (the English for my pseudonym Chèvrefeuille)
This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 30th at noon (CET). I will post our next episode, our last CD Special, a haiku by Jim Kacian, later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem's Vision Quest 1 day 3 (the last day) "deep silence"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here it is our last (third) day of this first Vision Quest in which the goal is to write a new haiku after meditating and contemplating about a given haiku and to respond within 24 hours. I hadn't thought this would be that great as it has become. Thank you all for participating in this first edition of Carpe Diem's Vision Quest.

Here is our last haiku to inspire you on this Vision Quest:

evening walk
the sound of a wind chime
deep silence

© Chèvrefeuille
Well ... it's a nice haiku (if I may say so) to end this Vision Quest with. I hope that you liked it (please let me know) and I hope to see you all again somewhere in November as we are doing this Vision Quest again. For now ... have fun!

This episode of our Vision Quest is open for your submissions tonight at 6.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 28th 6.00 PM (CET). 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Carpe Diem's Vision Quest #1 day 2, "An empty shell"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What an unexpected success this new feature "Vision Quest" I hadn't thought that it would be that great. By the way CD's Vision Quest is a challenge of three days, today we have our second day of this new feature. Tomorrow will follow the third (and last) day of this three-days Vision Quest.

Here is our second haiku for this first Carpe Diem Vision Quest. (See for details here). Remember that you have only 24 hours to submit your inspired haiku. I have found another nice haiku written by myself for our second day of the Vision Quest:

next to my footprint
the empty shell of a hermit crab -
Ah! what a sadness

(c) Chèvrefeuille (2012)

Be inspired and share your "quick"-write haiku here with us all. You have to respond before August 27th 6.00 PM (CET). I will post our last day of this Vision Quest (the third haiku) at that same time. Have fun!

Ghost Writer post not scheduled

Good day dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week I have no Ghost Writer Post, I had hoped to publish a new GW-post today, but that's not going to happen. Instead of our GW-post we will have our Vision Quest.
Next week I will have a new GW-post ... and it will be an extraordinary one ...

Warm greetings,


Monday, August 25, 2014

Carpe Diem's "Vision Quest" #1 day 1 "New Moon"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I think I have created an all new and wonderful feature in which I challenge you to 'quick'-write a new haiku or senryu. In this new feature I will give three days in a roll a haiku for your inspiration. Sounds easy? Maybe it is easy, but the difficulty is in the time you may use to write a new haiku ... just 24 hours.
I have called it Carpe Diem's Vision Quest and I think that's what it is. Let me first tell you a little bit more about what a Vision Quest is.

A Vision Quest is a rite of passage, similar to an initiation, in some Native American cultures. It is a turning point in life taken before puberty to find oneself and the intended spiritual and life direction. It's an ancient way to find your Inner Self and what your task is for this life in the way of opening your eyes to the spiritual world.

Credits: Vision Quest
Of course this is not really what our "Vision Quest" is meant for. The goal is to 'learn' how you, as a haiku-poet, can see the beauty of the moment on which the haiku is based.
For this new feature, which will take three days, I will give one haiku a day for your inspiration. Meditate and contemplate over it, try to see the scene and find the deeper meaning. If you have done that write/compose a new haiku or senryu (no tanka, kyoka, haibun or other form) inspired on the scene and deeper meaning of the given haiku/senryu.
For this feature you have just 24 hours to respond, so tn three days, you have to write three new haiku or senryu. There is no prompt, just the haiku, which you can use for your inspiration. Carpe Diem's Vision Quest will take place once in a season. So this first episode is for summer.
Our next Vision Quests are in:

November 2014 (autumn)
February 2015 (winter)
May 2015 (spring)

After that fourth Vision Quest I will look if I will continue with it or not.

Credits; Vision Quest
For this first Carpe Diem Vision Quest I have chosen three haiku written by myself. I hope you all will like this new feature.
In your response post I hope to read which scene you saw, which deeper meaning it revealed to you and of course your inspired haiku or senryu.

Here is our first haiku/senryu for the first day of this first Vision Quest:

new moon
she, our moon will grow again
a new life cycle

© Chèvrefeuille (2012)

A nice one to start with I think. You have to respond before August 26th at 6.00 PM (CET); I will publish our second day of this Vision Quest around that same time.
For now ... go on your Vision Quest explore the scene and the deeper meaning in your mind and share your inspired haiku with us all. Have a great Vision Quest!

Carpe Diem #547, Flame

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

everlasting flame
burns for those who are unknown
our saviors

© Chèvrefeuille

Flame is our prompt for today and this haiku/senryu was the first thing which came in mind. I remembered the  "Unknown Soldier" and I recall that I have written about him earlier on my personal weblog Chèvrefeuille's Haiku-blog ...

Here is that haiku:

unknown soldier
slaughtered on the battlefield
no more dreaming

© Chèvrefeuille

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Moscow
The everlasting flame? Is that the same flame about which the verse by Khalil Gibran is? Let us look at that verse.

[...] "I am the flame and I am the dry bush, and one part of me consumes the other part". [...]

As we look at this verse, we can say it's not about the "everlasting flame". I think it's more like the "Burning Bush" which Moses encountered in the time before the great Exodus of God's People. Well ... I think I leave it to your imagination this time and I hope this (small) post will inspire you to write new haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka or haibun.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 28th at noon (CET). I will publish our new post, a new GW-post, later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Carpe Diem #546, Silence

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

the silence deepens
as the night falls like a blanket
upon a white world

© Chèvrefeuille

Just an impromptu-verse which found me as I started to prepare this episode of our daily haiku-meme. It's a haiku straight from the heart ... and it's about late autumn or winter. Why a winter haiku came up? I don't know. It's still summer here in The Netherlands, but it feels like autumn ... a lot of wind and rain and we even have had the heater on a few days ago. It felt cold and moist inside our home, because of all the rain we have had.

The haiku above was maybe triggered by our prompt for today, silence, based on Khalil's "Sand and Foam". He has a few beautiful 'verses' about silence and they will inspire you I think. Here they are:

[...] "A great singer is he who sings our silences". [...]

[...] "I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers". [...]

[...] "The silence of the envious is too noisy". [...]

Credits: Silence
What is silence? Is it that nice feeling of no noise at all? Or is it that sweet sound of an early morning concert by birds? Or the babbling brook? Or maybe that sweet sound of the rustling wind through the leaves? Silence can be very still, but I like the silence of a babbling brook for example.
How would you describe silence?

the babbling brook
makes me drowsy and happy -
a late summer night

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... let the silence of your soul inspire you to write wonderful, silent haiku.

This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, flame, later on.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #2, Kikaku's "The beggar"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to publish a new episode of our Sparkling Stars feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. It's a bit similar with the CD-Specials, but there is a little difference. In every episode (once a week on Saturday) I will introduce a 'masterpiece' of one of the classic haiku-poets (well-known and less-known) to inspire you to write a new haiku. Here is the difference with the CD-Specials. Those new haiku, inspired on the 'masterpiece', have to follow the classical rules of haiku:

1. 5-7-5 syllables
2. a kigo (or seasonword)
3. a kireji (or cutting word, in Western languages mostly interpunction)
4. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
5. a deeper meaning (could be Zen-Buddhistic or other spiritual or religious thought)
6. and the first and the third line are interchangeable.

Of course I will tell also something about the scene and background of the haiku which you can use for your inspiration. I hope you all will like this new episode.

Many people look upon Kikau as the obverse, or complement of Basho, and there is a good reason for this. He is the non-religious, non-moral poet. He and Basho correspond to Ritaihaku and Hakurakuten in Chinese poetry and to Byron and Wordsworth in English poetry. In the "sparkling star"-haiku hereafter by Kikaku, haiku is doing something which it was never intended, perhaps, to do. There is a similar passage at the end of Soshi; there may be some relation between the two:

[...] "When Soshi was about to die, his disciples wished to bury him in a grand style, but Soshi said, "My coffin will be Heaven and Earth; for the funeral ornaments of jade, there are the sun and moon; for my pearls and jewels I shall have the stars and constellations; all things will be my mourners. Is not everything ready for my burial? What should be added to this?" [...]

the beggar!
he has Heaven and Earth,
for his summer clothes

© Kikaku

What a gorgeous haiku, don't you think too. As we look again at the part by Soshi, than it is obvious that that piece of poetry was his inspiration ...

at the cemetery
beneath cherry blossoms in full bloom
grandmother's fresh grave

© Chèvrefeuille

Step back and look at the scene ... peacefull ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will stay open until next Saturday August 30th at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem #545, Tolerance

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

After our little side-walk to Jim Kacian's wonderful haiku of yesterday it's time again for a new prompt based on Khalil Gibran's "Sand and Foam". Today that prompt is Tolerance or accepting how the other is. All around the globe tolerance has to be strong, but ... that's not true as you all will know. In my opinion we have to tolerate a lot, but not everything ... we don't have to tolerate that groups are killing each other, because of their e.g. different religions or sexuality.

Khalil Gibran says in his "Sand and Foam" the following about tolerance:

[...] " Tolerance is love sick with the sickness of haughtiness". [...]

I had to look for the translation of 'haughtiness', to understand what he says here and I think he said it right. Tolerance is like that. Tolerance is based on haughtiness and that makes it that dangerous as it is. Tolerance is great, but we don't have to tolerate everything.

Melting Snow
melting snow
the tears of a child
crystal truth

© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong senryu, but I think it's true. Tolerance is great, but we have to 'use' it like children. As we grow older, the child within us dies ... we loose that clear plain innocence ... in which tolerance was 100%. As children we accept all and everything as it is, growing older, and becoming wiser, that acceptation, that tolerance is becoming smaller.

It wasn't easy to write this post, because I am a human being which stands in his life out of an idea of unconditional love for all and everything ... and my tolerance is great, but as I look to the world in which we live ... even my tolerance becomes smaller. I am losing my Inner Child and that makes me sad sometimes.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 27th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, silence, later on.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #103, Jim Kacian's "city morning"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to write another CD Special with a haiku by Jim Kacian, our featured haiku-poet this month. This is his fourth haiku this month and I think it's a haiku which can inspire in many ways. I will not talk long this time, but just share that haiku which I have chosen for this CD Special "City Morning".

city morning
a crane lifts its shadow
up the wall

© Jim Kacian

after a night's sleep
the dawn of a new day -
sounds of traffic

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... a nice haiku I think ... and I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 25th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, XXX, later on.
!! By the way ... I will not publish a new Tan Renga Challenge this week ... sorry ... don't have time enough !!