Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Carpe Diem #1040 Angels


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first episode of our new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai month "Jane Reichhold's Legacy". This month all the prompts are extracted from Jane's Saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku". I have tried to choose modern kigo from all of the five seasons (including New Year). This month we will honor her, the Queen of Haiku and Tanka, without her Carpe Diem Haiku Kai would already have be gone, but through her inspiration, her knowledge, her haiku and her being co-host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... CDHK is still here ... alive and kicking.

Jane Reichhold died not so long ago, she will be missed. But not forgotten. This month is a tribute to her.

In every episode I will share haiku by Jane (and sometimes tanka) to inspire you and I hope she will inspire you ...

Angel
Today our prompt, the first modern kigo, is Angels and here are two haiku by Jane to inspire you:

in silence
all those no longer here
gather around

silent prayer
lifted up by bells
angels on high

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Nice haiku to start this month with I think. She looks at us from Heaven and even through death she will and can inspire us.

a whisper
a warm caressing breeze
guardian angel

© Chèvrefeuille

I am looking forward to this tribute month ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 5th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our nex episode, Pines, later on. For now ... be inspired and share your haiku with us all.


Carpe Diem #1039 Introductory episode for September 2016, Jane Reichhold's Legacy


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

even dead
the cockscomb flowers upright
in perfect order


© Jane Reichhold

It's one of the many beauties written by Jane Reichhold. Jane died, it was by her own choice, in the honorable age of 79. She will be missed by millions of haiku and tanka poets. I sure will miss her, but she will be in my heart forever and I hope to honor her here at CDHK, not only this month, but as long as CDHK will exist.

Jane, a close friend, one of the greatest haiku poets of Modern Times and a co-host at CDHK. This month is for her, a tribute to honor her and remember her. Are you with me?



Yesterday I was reading Jane's Saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku" and in the New Year part, under "moods", the kigo: death thoughts got my attention. I wonder ... did Jane foresee her death?

a bird's flight
and then I am gone
and forgotten


death
the sea in me
goes home


meals cooked
and the lives I gave
the right to take mine


when I die
it will be
my ocean


© Jane Reichhold

Jane was suffering from Fibromyalgia she not longer could take the pain and she lost her eye sight for a big part. That depressed her, she couldn't live any longer and decided to end her life by jumping of a cliff into the ocean.

I honestly think Jane foresaw her own death as she was creating her Saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku". She will not be forgotten, we will cherish her knowledge, her haiku and tanka. She will be forever part of CDHK.


R.I.P Jane ... we will meet again. This special Carpe Diem Haiku Kai month is for you, you will be missed forever ...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Carpe Diem #1038 snow


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

August is almost over and we have still a few days to go. Maybe you saw that I didn't publish yesterday ... I hadn't time, because I had a very busy day, but for today I hope to inspire you again with a wonderful quote. The quote for today is from "Alice In Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll. And I think it is a nice quote to get your inspiration from.

Lewis Caroll (1832-1898)
I think you all know him, because his "Alice In Wnderland" is a classic I even think that the most of you have read this beautiful story, or have seen the movie.

Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” [...] Lewis Caroll

A nice quote I think.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 3rd at noon (CET). By the way I will take a few days off to prepare our new month, to honor Jane Reichhold. So this episode is the last for this month. I hope you will all understand that.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Carpe Diem #1037 pleasure


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Earlier this month I had a beautiful quote by Lord Byron (1788-1824) and today I love to share another beautiful quote by him. As you maybe have noticed all the last few episode used quotes on nature by very different people, so today's quote is also about nature. I think this quote is in short how we, haiku poets, experience nature. Not man is important, but nature around us is, because we are all part of nature and we have to be careful with nature. I think that's what made me a haiku poet, because I am a steward, a keeper of nature ...

nature
And here is the quote by Lord Byron to inspire you:


[...] "There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more." [...] Lord Byron

Well ... did I say to much? A beautiful quote that fits us, haiku poets, like a glove. Here is my response:

wandering through the woods
no paved paths to walk on
bare footed I feel 

© Chèvrefeuille

Awesome ... I love to go bare footed, I love to feel the earth beneath my feet it makes me feel alive and one with nature. Completely naked I would run through these pathless woods, completely naked I would run along the shore ... listening to the thundering surf, the cry of seagulls ... one with nature ... feel it ... we are part of nature.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 1st at noon (CET). Have fun!

Visit also: A Tribute To Jane Reichhold, our new Tumblr.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Carpe Diem #1036 mountain


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are exploring the power of words through quotes by known and unknown people. Today I have a nice quote ... a very nice one I would say, because in this quote hides deep inside a strong spiritual message. See for yourself.

Today's quote is by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), an American poet:

Theodore Roethke
I hadn't heard from this American poet, but he wrote wonderful poems and he was renown in the US. Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. " [...] Theodore Roethke

And this is my response inspired on this beautiful, spiritual layered quote:

climbing a mountain
only the sun and the spring breeze
new vistas

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 31st at noon (CET). Have fun!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Carpe Diem #1035 the colors of the spirit


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

August is running towards its end and we have read beautiful quotes for our inspiration and today I have another nice one.

Here is your quote to inspire you:

[...] "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." [...] Ralph Waldo Emerson

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 30th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Carpe Diem #1034 let the rain kiss you


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today's quote I have titled "let the rain kiss you" ... here in The Netherlands (the land of rain and water) we have high temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, and the weather forecast thinks we are going to have a heat wave. So this quote gave me some coolness.

Today's quote is by the African-American poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967) a wonderful and gifted poet and author.

Langston Hughes by Carl van Vechten (1936)
This is the quote for your inspiration:


[...] "Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." [...] Langston Hughes

And this is my inspired haiku:

after the summer heat
raindrops are kissing my naked body
Ah! that coolness

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 29th at noon (CET).

!!! I have published our new prompt-list for September, you can find it above in the menu !!!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Carpe Diem #1033 the cold night


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new day, a new dawn ... a new inspirational quote to inspire you all. This time I dived into the Spanish history and found a beautiful quote by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, a Spanish dramtist, writer and poet who lived in the Golden Age of Spain. I have to say I didn't know this wonderful poet, but I think he is worth exploring further, maybe for a Carpe Diem Distillation episode.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in 1600 and died in 1681. His quote for your inspiration is very close to us, haiku poets, its a strong one on nature and the mysteries of nature.

Monument for Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681) Madrid
And here is the quote to inspire you today:


[...] "These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms." [...] Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

And this is my inspired haiku:

at dawn
colorful flowers open their beauty
the cold night

© Chèvrefeuille

By the way ... if my work allows it, I am on the nightshift, I will publish our new prompt-list for September today. As you already know (I think) September will be a tribute to Jane Reichhold (1937-2016).

PS.: Last Sunday I started a new Tumblr to tribute Jane Reichhold, feel free to visit.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 28th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #1032 pieces of heaven


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new inspirational quote is ahead of us. A nice one I think and very close to us haiku poets.

[...] "On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." [...] Jules Renard (1864-1910)

A short episode today because of lack of time.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 27th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Carpe Diem #1031 live in the present


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome in the present ... fitting the title of todays episode. This month we are looking at "the power of words" through quote of known and unknown people. Today I have a quote by Buddha (563 BC-483 BC).
As you all know (maybe) haiku has a spiritual meaning too. That meaning is based in Buddhism and therefore Buddha cannot be missed in this month of quotes.

Buddha under the Bodhi Tree
Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." [...] Buddha

I think you are all familiar with the story about Buddha. One of His last acts was to find Enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi Tree. He finally became Enlightened and founded the base for Buddhism.

PS. I am hopelessly behind with commenting so I hope to catch up soon.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 26th at noon (CET). Have fun!