Friday, October 21, 2016

Delayed post

I will publish our new regular prompt, hammer and anvil,  later on. I hadn't time at my side. Sorry.

Chèvrefeuille your host

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Carpe Diem Full Circle #2-2016

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "encore" for this festive month. As you maybe remember I promised you earlier this month to bring three (3) Carpe Diem Full Circle episodes and I had planned to "aired" it yesterday, but time wasn't on my side so therefore I bring you our new "encore" Carpe Diem Full Circle today.

Let me first tell you what the challenge "Full Circle" means:

I call it ''Full Circle'' because the goal is to write haiku with the twelve (12) words I will give. It's a kind of word-whirl and you have to use the words given in the clock-wise direction. So every word has to come in the line of it's place on the clock e.g. rainbow you have to use for line one (1) and autumn for line two (2) and so on.

I will give you twelve (12) words (for every ''hour'') one word. The goal is to write haiku using the words as given in the clockwise way.

Here are the twelve (12) words, for every hour one word, you have to use this time:

1. rain 2. young leaves 3. buds
4. mountain 5. silence
6. monk
7. river
8. summer breeze
9. she
10. snow
11. sparrow (s)
12. blue sky

A nice series of words I would say so, but I also think it will not be easy to create four (4) new haiku with this series.

Let me give you an example of a haiku created with words 1, 2 and 3, and also in that order (as is the goal of the "full circle" challenge).

the soft rain rests on young leaves two buds open

© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one, but its just to give you an idea what to do. After this first haiku (created with words 1,2 and 3) you have to create three other haiku with the given words. Good luck ... and have fun, because this feature is just for fun and of course for the challenge (smiles).

This Carpe Diem Full Circle is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun! Take your time, you have more than a week to respond.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy's 3rd "birds in concert"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a honor to bring you another CD Special by Herman van Rompuy (former President of Belgium and President of the EU). Herman has written wonderful haiku and he often used this beautiful poetry form in his political career to make short statements, but those haiku, or maybe I can better say senryu, are not for here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, because politics aren't really a theme to share posts about here. So I just have chosen haiku as we know them ... based in nature .... and the beauty of that same nature.

The haiku I love to share here to inspire you brought a nice haiku in mind by Matsuo Basho, my sensei:

spring has come;
a nameless hill
is shrouded in thin mist
© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Blyth)
In this haiku by Basho we read the mystery ... and the "word-painting" in this one is really awesome. "a nameless hill shrouded in mist" sure ... you can see only a faint image of the hill, but as the mist has gone than maybe we know the name of the hill.

And here is the haiku by Herman van Rompuy to inspire you, of course I will credit him, but he hasn't responded yet on my question for permission. So if there is a problem please let me know.
But ... Herman van Rompuy's haiku are real beauties and I am honored and glad to share them here to inspire you. Herman is a very gifted haiku poet.

birds in concert
one sings above all others
I don't know its name

© Herman van Rompuy (taken from: Haiku, by him)

A beauty I would say and that video fits it so well. I hope you are inspired.

at sunrise
sunrays on my naked body
birds singing

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 24th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, hammer and anvil, later on. For now .... have fun!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #3 riversong

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is wednesday again so time for a new episode of our special feature in honor of Jane Reichhold, Carpe Diem Universal Jane. Jane's spirit moves here around on CDHK, because she was a great part of our haiku loving community and we have learned a lot from her.
Universal Jane is for her ... to honor her and remember her for ever as the connoisseur of haiku, tanka and renga, but mostly for her in loving memory, my friend and mentor as she was to a lot of us here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Jane, as we all know, was not only a haiku poetess, but also a tanka poetess pur sang, but she also was on e of the leading souls in the art of renga, or chained verse. We have done rnega here at CDHK several times and I had the opportunity to create a e-book of Jane's book "Bare Bones School of Renga", which you can find in the Jane Reichhold library here at CDHK. 

Renga ... the chained verse, that beautiful form in which we can create poetry together through interaction and association. Maybe you can remember our Tan Renga month earlier this year. Tan Renga (looks like Tanka) is a short chained verse of two stanza written by two poets. Maybe you remember the following Tan Renga:

The first stanza was by Jane Reichhold:

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

This was my response on this beautiful "hokku" by Jane:

caressing summer breeze
enchanted melody rises  
               (© Chèvrefeuille)

I love to challenge you, in honor of Jane to create a Tan Renga with the following haiku ("hokku") by Jane Reichhold. This haiku was extracted from the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku".

wind blown from autumn trees
a stream of gold

© Jane Reichhold

A nice autumn haiku, so try to associate on the images in this haiku to create a second stanza towards this "hokku" by Jane. Your 2nd stanza has two lines (approximately following 7-7 syllables). Please share this "hokku" by Jane Reichhold also in your post.

Maybe I can challenge you a little bit more ... let's try to create a Soliloquy no Renga with this "hokku" by Jane. A Soliloquy no Renga is a "renga" written by one poet with a maximum of eight (8) stanza. The last stanza is the "ageku" and must close the chain through association on the first stanza, the "hokku". You can find more on Soliloquy no Renga (a renga form which I created) HERE.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, a new CD special by our third guest Herman van Rompuy, later on.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Carpe Diem #1076 clay

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are celebrating our 4th anniversary and until now we have had wonderful regular posts, but also wonderful specials e.g. the Imagination with ... episodes have really inspired you.

Today we have another nice regular prompt which has to do with tools for writing and creativity, today I love to inspire you with clay. Just for the record, I like pottery, but I am not a potter or something, I am just a writer (photographer and painter) nothing more nothing less.

Maybe you remember that episode about Jane's other creativities, beads and pottery. I shared a few beauties of her pottery and her beads-art. Today ... no beads, but pottery and clay tablets.
Clay ... was always used for pottery, but also for 'writing'.
In the Ancient Near East, clay tablets were used as a writing medium especially for writing in cuneiform, throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age. Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with a stylus often made of reed (reed pen).Once written upon, many tablets were dried in the sun or air, remaining fragile. Later, these unfired clay tablets could be soaked in water and recycled into new clean tablets. Other tablets, once written, were fired in hot kilns (or inadvertently, when buildings were burnt down by accident or during conflict) making them hard and durable. Collections of these clay documents made up the very first archives. They were at the root of first libraries. Tens of thousands of written tablets, including many fragments, have been found in the Middle East. 

Sumerian Clay Tablet
But nowadays, clay is used especially for pottery. And I know I have seen wonderful art-work made with clay. As I was preparing this episode I also thought of that movie-scene in "Ghost' with Patrick Swayze. (By the way "ghost" is one of my favorite movies).

At kindergarten I learned to create something with clay and when I grew up and started studying to become a teacher I again needed to work with clay, ... working with clay ... not my cup of tea, but as I see how artist work with clay than I am a little bit jealous, but well .... 

pottery by Jane Reichhold
I hope I have inspired you to create haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form. It will not be an easy task to create a haiku (or tanka) with this prompt, but I have to try it myself ... of course.

ancient writing skills
forgotten ... children play with clay
creating animals

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... this episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, a new "Universal Jane", later on.

PS. Jane inspires me almost every day and at tumblr I created a special "tribute to Jane" tumblr, where I am trying to post every day too ... feel free to visit.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Carpe Diem Special (2nd guest) Kala Ramesh's 3rd "lotus viewing"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to present our third CD Special by Kala Ramesh, our 2nd guest, Kala Ramesh is a very gifted haiku (and tanka) poetess from India and renown all over the world. In our last CD Special by her I shared tanka of her and this CD Special I have chosen to inspire you with haiku.

I found four beauties on the website of Akita International Haiku Network and I think these are really beautiful. I will try to share them with the respect they deserve.

The first haiku is the following:

lotus viewing . . .
the flowering
© Kala Ramesh

In this haiku I sense a deeper spiritual meaning, the lotus grows from deep down the mud, through the water to reach out for the sun ... this you can see as spiritual growth. But what I first thought when I read this haiku? I immediately thought of the beautiful haiku by Santoka Taneda, who created haiku in the so called "free-style", without counting syllables, use of kireji or kigo. By the way in this haiku Kala uses "lotus" as kigo.

dragonfly (image found on Pinterest)
Let us take a look at the second haiku which I have chosen to share here:

the pause
in a dragonfly’s glide—
noon shadows
© Kala Ramesh
Another beauty in the "free-style" way without counting syllables, but does that mean that it is not a haiku? No certainly not, in this haiku you can clearly see the fragment and phrase technique which we have seen here more often. So it is a haiku ... and in my opinion a beauty.
As you know I am not a haiku poet who likes to follow the classical rules, but sometimes it's awesome to try that. For example this one:
blooming sunflowers
reaching for the early light of the sun -
birds praise their Creator

© Chèvrefeuille

So for this CD Special I love to give you a little challenge ... try to create a haiku following the classical rules inspired on the haiku shared by Kala Ramesh.
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, clay, later on. For now ... have fun!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Carpe Diem #1076 camera

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Yesterday we had a wonderful CD Imagination With Paul Militaru episode with a beautiful photo. In our modern time we see this very often, because since we have smartphones its easy to make a photo on every moment of the day without having a real camera with you. A few decennia ago this wasn't possible and we had to take our camera with us to make photos.

Since digital photography became something for everyone the whole photo shooting started to become different. Nowadays we don't need film in our cameras, the only thing we need is a USB-cable to plug into our PC's.

Today's prompt is camera ... also a tool to become creative. As you know there are several of you who use photos on a regular base to create haiga (poetry + image) or to make their post more attractive to read.

As I look at myself, I use sometimes photos taken by myself, but in several occasions I use public domain images to create our posts here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Paul Militaru makes awesome photos and I am glad that he gave permission to use his photos to inspire you this month. In our first celebration month (October 2013) we had also a great photographer and haiku poet to inspire you. Maybe you can remember him, Garry Gay. Garry also makes beautiful photos and turns them into haiga.

Here is a haiga which I created myself some time ago with a photo of my Sakura:

old Sakura
regains its strength
winter departs

© Chèvrefeuille (April 2016)
This is what you can do with a camera ... its a really great tool to use and show your creativity, but it also gives you the opportunity to remember a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water, and to create haiku (or tanka) later on.

Well ... enough to inspire you I think. Maybe its an idea to make a photo and use it for your post as an inspiration to create haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form. Have fun!

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, the third CD Special by Kala Ramesh, later on.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Carpe Diem Imagination With Paul Militaru #3 the Holy Bible

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time again for our special guest's beautiful photos to use for your imagination to create a haiku or tanka. Today I have a nice photo of the Holy Bible made by Paul. I hope this photo will inspire you to create haiku or tanka.

If you use the photo in your post please add Paul's website towards it. Paul Militaru, photography portfolio. (

Well .... be inspired ....

the holy scripture
torn apart dances away
on the wind

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 19th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, camera, later on.

PS. The link towards Dolores' e-book "First Magnolia Bloom" works again.

Carpe Diem #1075 beads (in honor of Jane)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new regular CDHK episode. This month all our regular prompts are tools for writing and creativity and today our prompt is beads (in honor of Jane). Maybe you remember that I shared an episode of CDHK on all of Jane's other creative activities, one of them was her passion for creating pieces of art with beads. So today's episode is (maybe) a reprise of that episode, but I just had to do this prompt another time.

Last year I got a present from Jane, she send me a copy of "Basho's Complete Haiku", but she also send me a calendar for 2016 with all beautiful art-work by her made with beads.
Here are a few examples of her "beads-art":

beads bound
into a work of art
notebook cover

© Chèvrefeuille

The above image shows a "notebook / sketchbook cover" made with beads, this was the second "notebook-cover" Jane made.

And what do you think of this one:

One of her beads "fish", which she was discovering and interested in her last years. She created several, but as the perfectionist she always was, she wasn't satisfied.

on the beach
silent witness of sadness
beads fish

© Chèvrefeuille

Jane really was a creative spirit and she will be missed not only in the world of haiku and tanka, but also in the world of arts.

colorful flowers
meadow in a vase

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this episode about Jane's "beads" art-work and that it will inspire you to create haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 18th at noon (CET). I will (try to) post our next episode, our third Imagination with Paul Militaru episode, later on.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I discovered that the download link of Dolores her E-book doesn't work. I am working to find a solution for this problem.
Sorry for this inconvenience.