Thursday, January 2, 2014

Carpe Diem's Special #70, Alexey Andreyev's "Evening sky"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to share our first Carpe Diem Special by Alexey Andreyev (1971- ), our featured haiku-poet from Russia. Next to his skills as a poet he has also skills as a painter and as a mathematician. He has a degree in Mathematics. By the way ... I hope you all like our new logo for the Specials.

evening sky --
over the city lights
stars hardly seen
(c) Alexey Andreyev

Of course you know what the goal is of these Specials? But I will tell it anyway (smiles), because there are a few new contributors. The goal of these Specials is to write, compose an all new haiku inspired on the one given by our featured poet in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one given. Not an easy task, but it's a challenge to look in another way to the writings of fellow haiku-poets both classic and modern.

Over the City Lights Stars hardly seen

A wonderful "out of space" photograph from citylights, stars and Aurora Borealis ... a gorgeous photo which inspired me to write the next haiku in response of the one by Alexey Andreyev. I hope it's in the same sense, tone and spirit ...

at the horizon
just outside of the city
the Milky Way

Or this one, more in tune with the photo:

out of space look
city lights completely neglect
Aurora Borealis

Well ... did you like them? Let me know.

This Special episode will stay on until January 4th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, Yaroslavl, later on today around 7.00 PM (CET).
!! This Special episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) !!


  1. Kristjaan, I am so interested to learn more about the Russian haiku poet Andreyev. Is this the same man who seems now to be primarily an artist (as far as his online presence, at least)? In any case, do you know where I could see some more of his work, and do you know if he writes it originally in English or Russian? I was studying Russian in college and I would love to read some haiku in Russian.

    (PS This is Jessica from like an apple. For various reasons I haven't been blogging much lately but that will change now, I look forward to being active in your kai again. Happy happy new year to you!!)

  2. Yes he is the same man Jess. He wrote his haiku first in Russian and after going to America he started to write haiku in English. He always thought that haiku couldn't be written in English. In his "Moyayama", a haiku and haibun diary he has published Russian and English haiku. You can find that at:

  3. I'm delighted to see this special, and look forward to many more. In fact, I wish the whole month's prompts were specials! (But you knew that already, didn't you, Kristjaan?)


  4. Your haiku took his further - the idea that the universe is just at the horizon has both visual and philosophical impact, but then you knew that!

  5. I am enjoying the Trans Siberian trip and just finished the Alexey poem.....Did you do the new logo? I like it a lot...... keep on keeping...... opie

  6. Wonderful haiku... If I recall correctly I think Ye Pirate wrote one that was quite similar...

  7. I love these 'specials' and I love your take on it!

  8. The first haiku is very scenic and the second well captures the ignorance. Great job.

  9. Thank you for introducing us to Alexey Andreyev. I'm reading his works now.

  10. Lovely haiku in style of Andreyev ~ and great photo ~ carol, xxx

    ps. Having major blizzard in New England so am rather tardy in posting ~ enjoy ^_^

  11. thank you, it seems that you can always keep the journey new and interesting for we travellers! and thank you for the link to more alexey and yet another interesting mind's journey :-)