Friday, March 16, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #24 Revise That Haiku ... Improve your haiku writing skills

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday March 18th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is time again to lean back and watch back on the last week ... time again for a new Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation with an all new logo as you can see. I have chosen a spring landscape, because on the Northern hemisphere, where I live, spring almost starts.

This weekend I love to challenge you again to revise two classical haiku by renown haiku poets. This weekend I have chosen to challenge you with a haiku by Yosa Buson and one by Masaoka Shiki, both are known as part of the five greatest haiku-poets ever (Basho, Issa, Buson, Chiyo-Ni and Shiki).

The goal of this feature "revise that haiku" speaks for itself I think ... you have to "revise" a haiku.

Here are the haiku to "revise" this weekend:

in the moonlight,
the color and scent of the wisteria
seems far away

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

And here is the other haiku by Masaoka Shiki:

a mountain village
under the piled-up snow
the sound of water

© Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Two wonderful haiku to work with I think. A challenge too ... but that's what revise that haiku is meant for. It even can help to improve your haiku writing skills, because you are just for a moment the classical haiku poet ...

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday March 18th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 25th at noon (CET). Have a great weekend full of inspiration.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Carpe Diem #1390 The Flute Weeps

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This part of the month we are reading poems written by Rumi, the Mystical Poet, for our inspiration. Today I have a short post for you, because I am on the nightshift. So I will give only the poem by Rumi for your inspiration. It's another beauty and in a way it sounds like one of the quatrains by Omar Khayyam especially the part on wine (at the end of the poem).

Here is "The Flute Weeps" by Rumi (title extracted from the first line):

The Flute Weeps:

the flute weeps
to the pacing drum

the drunken camel
rises from its knees
and tugs at the rope of reason

the bird flutters
in the heart’s cage
putting out his head
on this side and that

the flood fills

the ancient riverbed
and once again
the riverbanks are green

the falcon hears
the royal drum
and circles seeking
the wrist of the king

the musk deer
smells the lion
and her haunches are trembling

the madmen have seen

the moon in the window;
they are running to the roof
with ladders

somewhere tonight
a dervish cries

“it was my soul
in the wine!

it was my soul!”

© Rumi (Tr. Daniel Liebert)

A real beauty I would say. I hope it will inspire you to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new weekend-meditation, later on. For now .... have fun!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Carpe Diem #1389 Begging Bowl

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy this part of the month is. We are reading the poems of Rumi, the Mystical Poet. Rumi has really written wonderful beautiful poems with a deep spiritual meaning hidden in it.
As you all know haiku has a Zen-Buddhistic base and that brought me the idea to share a poem by Rumi in which you can read this base too. I even remembered a haiku I have written once that fits the "tone" of this poem by Rumi.

thrown away bowl
once filled with rice 
dances on the wind

© Chèvrefeuille

Or this one:

an empty bowl
but in it is the spirit of emptiness -
the spring breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

I think you all understand in which direction these haiku are pointing. In these haiku we can read one of the pillars of Buddhism, Emptiness. And that Emptiness is part of the poem by Rumi which I love to share with you for your inspiration. As I stated above, emptiness is part of Buddhism, but Rumi wasn't a Buddhist, he was a Sufi. But there is something with him. He has said himself that he wasn't of any kind of religion. There are sources that say that Rumi was muslim, but he never said that himself. He was one of the earliest enlightened spirits that said "All Gods Are One God".

Young Buddhist Monk with Begging Bowl (image found on Pinterest)

So ... I am looking forward to your responses on this beauty by Rumi:

Saladin's Begging Bowl:

Of these two thousand "I" and "We" people,
which am I?

Don't try to keep me from asking!
Listen, when I'm this out of control!
But don't put anything breakable in my way!

There is an original inside me.
What's here is a mirror for that, for you.

If you are joyful, I am.
If you grieve, or if you're bitter, or graceful,
I take on those qualities.

Like the shadow of a cypress tree in the meadow,
like the shadow of a rose, I live
close to the rose.

If I separated myself from you,
I would turn entirely thorn.

Every second, I drink another cup of my own blood-wine.
Every instant, I break an empty cup against your door.

I reach out, wanting you to tear me open.

Saladin's generosity lights a candle in my chest.
Who am I then?

His empty begging bowl.

© Rumi (Tr. Coleman Barks)

Let me tell you a little about the background of the begging bowl as used in Buddhism. I think it will help you to relate to this poem by Rumi.

Buddhist Monk along the way to Osaka (Japan)

The begging bowl or alms bowl is one of the simplest but most important objects in the daily lives of Buddhist monks. It is primarily a practical object, used as a bowl in which to collect alms (either money or food) from lay supporters.

But the begging bowl also has symbolic significance associated with the historical Buddha. According to one legend, when he began meditating beneath the Bodhi Tree, a young woman offered him a golden bowl filled with rice, thinking he was the divinity of the tree. He divided the rice into 49 portions, one for each day until he would be enlightened, and threw the precious bowl into the river.

This and other legends, combined with its humble monastic uses, have made the simple begging bowl a symbol of the Buddha's teachings on nonattachment. The Vinaya states that monks may use bowls made of either iron or clay, and they can be small, medium, or large.

Well ... what a nice poem this is and as we look at the "back-story" what a wonder it is that through this poem by Rumi we can find the classic ideas about haiku ... one of those ideas is "a Buddhistic" layer.

an empty bowl
thrown away in the sink
the faint scent of tea
as I empty the kettle -
time for coffee

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 21st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem Extra March 14th 2018 Results of the Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this Extra episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. I finally have the results of our first Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden". In this Troiku Kukai we had 22 contestants and several of them voted for the best, second best and third best Troiku. The votes have been collected and I am glad to announce you all the winner and the runner-up of this Troiku Kukai, but first this:

Thank you all for participating in this first Troiku Kukai here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. It made me proud to see how many participated in this kukai based on a creative haiku form I have created, the troiku. The Troiku is based on the ancient Russian sleigh the troika, a sleigh pulled by three horses. That "image" brought me (back in 2012) the idea to create the Troiku, a haiku form in which you are challenged to create three new haiku by using the separated lines of the first haiku (the sleigh). The three new haiku (the horses) are free-styled and that makes this new haiku form such a wonderful creative way of giving words to your thoughts.

A Troika (Russian sleigh pulled by three horse, the base of Troiku)
 This first Troiku Kukai I gave you a wonderful haiku by Claire Vogel Camargo to work with:

no spring sprouts
in the herb garden
his heart attack

© Claire Vogel Camargo

The goal of this Troiku Kukai was to create a Troiku with this haiku and I have read really amazing and wonderful Troiku ... thank you again for sharing these beauties with us all.

The WINNER of this first Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden" is Hamish Managua Gunn with the following Troiku he got 8 points:

no spring sprouts
in the herb garden
his heart attack

© Claire Vogel Camargo
no spring sprouts
only a timeless watch
left under pouring rain

in the herb garden
where the bare earth lies covered
with last year's leaves

his heart attack
and the horizon's rolling thunder
—the caws of rising crows

© Hamish Managua Gunn

With this Troiku Hamish has won the opportunity to create an exclusive CDHK E-book together with Chèvrefeuille's Publications and I will create a special episode of our Tokubetsudesu feature next month about his work as a haiku poet.

Fresh Herbs
Every Kukai has of course a "RUNNER-UP", but this month I have a tie, there are two Troiku with the same amount of points. First I thought to let someone else look at the both Troiku to decide which one will become the "runner-up", but after giving it a thought again, I have decided to accept this tie and so we have two "runners-up" in this Troiku Kukai, the first of these two is created by Louise Hopewell:

no spring sprouts
we bury grandad
in the cold earth

in the herb garden
a tangle of parsley and mint
sibling rivalry

is heart attack
summer thunderstorm
rolling over the ocean

© Louise Hopewell

And the second "runner-up" is Skaidrite Stelzer with the following Troiku:

no spring sprouts
beneath the leaves
a lost glove

in the herb garden
he hates to pull even
the wild chive

his heart attack
the forget-me-nots
still bloom

© Skaidrite Stelzer
Both "runners-up" have won the opportunity to be featured in a special Tokubetsudesu episode here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Both of these episodes I will also publish next month.
To all three I say !!! CONGRATULATIONS !!!
To conclude this Extra episode I have the complete list of results for you. I will give the points and the numbers of the Troiku.
8 points: Troiku 1
6 points: Troiku 7 & 19
5 points: Troiku 6
4 points: Troiku 2, 4 & 10
3 points: Troiku 20 & 21
2 points: Troiku 3 & 8
1 point :  Troiku 14
0 points: Troiku 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 22
I will open a new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Kukai soon, but I haven't yet an idea which theme to use, so I keep you all posted.
Chèvrefeuille, your host here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Carpe Diem #1388 The Community Of The Spirit

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all do like the change of theme from the Quran to Rumi The Mystical Poet. Rumi is one Persia's most known poets next to Hafiz. There are more than 60.000 poems known written by Rumi. He not only wrote poems as we will read here, he also wrote quartrains like Omar Khayyam.

Today I haven't enough time to create a "big" episode, because I am on the nightshift. So for today I only will share an other wonderful poem by Rumi to inspire you. I think this poem can be an awesome source of inspiration and I hope you all will be inspired to create haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form.

water ripple
A Community Of The Spirit:

There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.

Sit down in this circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd's love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.
Don't accept consolations.

Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover's mouth in yours.

You moan, "She left me." "He left me."
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in Always
widening rings of being.

© Rumi
A beautiful poem on love, real love I think. So I love to challenge you to create a haiku or tanka on love inspired on this beautiful poem by Rumi.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 20th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Carpe Diem #1387 The Breeze at Dawn

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai, the place to be if you like to write and share Japanese poetry ... were we honor and respect each other. That last part of this first line is what I am striving for. We are a warmhearted family of haiku poets from all over the globe. We all have our own ideas and thoughts, our own beliefs or philosophies and that makes Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Recently I changed the theme of this month, maybe you felt that as failure or disrespect, but that was not my intention. I only noticed that the Quran is a very difficult source of inspiration, because of our differences in background and beliefs. So that's my reason why I changed the theme to Rumi the Mystical Poet. Rumi is a renown poet from the 13th century and he is renown for the beauty of his poetry. In this part of March we will explore poems written by him and I hope his poems will inspire you to create haiku, tanka or another form of Japanese poetry.

Today I have chosen another beauty of Rumi. This one I have given the title "the breeze at dawn". This title is taken from the first line of the poem. I hope this poem will inspire you ...

The Breeze of Dawn:

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.
Don't go back to sleep.

© Rumi

What do you think of this poem? I love this one. I feel the fragility of  the dawn and the breeze that awakens me. I listen to the song of birds, the voice of the breeze, the beating of my heart ... it's a holy moment.

sunbeams caress (image found on Pinterest)

sunbeams caress my body
through the breeze the sheets have slipped from me
Ra kisses me awake

© Chèvrefeuille

I have tried to create a classical haiku this time, but I don't know if I succeeded, but I think this is a beautiful haiku (how immodest).

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 19th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, another beauty by Rumi, later on today. Have fun for now and be inspired.

Carpe Diem Crossroads #1 Introduction to a new feature and a first try

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

After thinking and re-thinking I have decided to create a new treat for you all. A new feature in which I hope to lift you all to a higher level, to create your masterpiece. I think this new feature will help you to improve your haiku skills. With this new feature I also return to the roots of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... haiku. I have called it "crossroads" and I will try to explain what the goal is for this new feature.

Crossroads ... make your choice
You all know (I think) what a crossroad is it's a point where two (or more) roads are crossing each other. A crossroad is also a place (as several religions and philosophies are saying) were the gods are resting and were pilgrims can rest, meditate and contemplate which road they will or have to take.
I think you all have been there at least once in your lifetime. As I look at myself I have been on a crossroad several times. There were moments in my life were I was on a crossroad to make choices. Some of them I regret now, but mostly I have no regrets about my choices. One of those choices was to create CDHK as a kind of place on the Internet were haiku poets could find their inspiration to create haiku.
Haiku is still my first love, but during the years of our existence I learned to love and appreciate all kinds of Japanese poetry. And there we find the goal of this new feature "crossroads". In this new feature I love to challenge you to create a new haiku (ONLY haiku) inspired on two or more poems. That can be two haiku or one haiku and one tanka. Or one haiku and e.g. a sedoka. You have to create your new haiku (Only haiku) from the given poems. Sometimes I will give you a "normal" poem and a haiku (or tanka) to use for your inspiration to create haiku (ONLY haiku).
Imagine you are on a crossroad were two haiku come together. The haiku "have a conversation" and "decide" to become one. Together the create a symbiosis of a new haiku.
It will not be an easy task, but I think it will be fun.


Here are the two haiku you have to use. Create a "fuse" of both, you can use the words from the both haiku, but if you are inspired to create a new haiku with new words ... feel free.

alone on the beach
only the cries of seaguls -
breathing silence

© Chèvrefeuille

And the other one I have chosen is by my master, Matsuo Basho:

young leaves
I would like to wipe away
tears in your eyes

© Basho

I have tried to "fuse" these two haiku with each other and came to this one:

left alone
tears rolling down his cheeks
painful silence

© Chèvrefeuille

Or maybe this one:

seagulls cry
young lovers melt together
without shame

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you understand the goal of this new feature. Try it ... be on that crossroad ... be silent and listen to what the gods and pilgrims have left there.

Decide which road you will take and share your choice, your newly created haiku (ONLY haiku), with us all here at our Haiku Kai. This new feature is now open for your submissions and will remain open until March 19th at noon (CET). I am looking forward to your responses and I hope you do like this new feature "crossroads".