Monday, September 22, 2014

Carpe Diem "Time Glass" #3, Red Wine

Good day my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Do you like red wine? Sounds always romantic, drinking red wine with the one you love, and that's awesome. In front of the fireplace lying on a deer's skin, romantic music plays softly, candles burning, the sweet perfume of your girlfriend or boyfriend, wife our husband ... nothing else matters. Just being together with the one you love and you never know what will happen ...

It's time for a new episode of Carpe Diem's "Time Glass", a time-challenge in which you have just twelve (12) hours to respond on the photo and prompt I give for your inspiration.
Step into the moment, as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water. Become one with that moment and pick up the essence of that moment triggered by this photo:

Credits: Fireplace (by Krazy79)
and this prompt:

RED WINE (or any other kind of drink)

You have just twelve (12) hours to write your haiku inspired on the above given photo and prompt.

This episode of Carpe Diem's "Time Glass" is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open for just twelve (12) hours until September 23rd at 7.00 AM (CET). Have Fun! Time is ticking away!

Carpe Diem "Analyze that haiku" #2, "seeking for relief"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A while ago I introduced to you a new feature "Carpe Diem's Analyze That Haiku". The goal for this feature is ... in short ... analyze the haiku means try to tell the story behind the haiku ... let the given haiku come to life ... see it in front of your eyes ... feel it with all your senses ... be part of the haiku ... maybe it helps to read the haiku aloud more than twice ... try to come in touch with the haiku. Share your thoughts, your analysis with us all ... and try to write/compose a new haiku with the story you analyzed from the haiku. Here is the haiku which I had chosen for the first Carpe Diem "Analyze That Haiku". A haiku composed by myself which I once wrote for Haiku Heights. 

in the old barn
behind the hay bales
a secret meeting

© Chèvrefeuille (2011)

There were several explanations of this haiku, but the story behind is was as follows: I wrote this haiku as I spoke with a colleague about his homosexuality. He had difficulties with that, not as in "not accepting himself", but more in the way of "keeping it secret for his co-workers". We had a long talk about it and finally he decided to tell his co-workers about his being gay. His colleagues looked at him and I remember what of them said "so what, no problem". It was really a relief for that colleague.
At the same time as the above sketched story took place "Brokeback Mountain" (the movie) was released. maybe you know that movie. It's about two cowboys who are falling in love with each other as they are on their way with the cows. In the cowboy-scene it wasn't done to be gay, so they kept their love for each other secret. It's a great movie about love and understanding, about acceptance and respect.

The above lines are the scene on which the haiku was inspired.

Credits: Old Barn
For this second episode of "Analyze That Haiku" I have chosen another nice haiku to analyse, also written by myself. Here it is:

seeking for relief
aching of a broken heart -
love isn 't forever

© Chèvrefeuille

Analyze the haiku, try to tell the story behind the haiku ... let the given haiku come to life ... see it in front of your eyes ... feel it with all your senses ... be part of the haiku ... maybe it helps to read the haiku aloud more than twice ... try to come in touch with the haiku. Share your thoughts, your analysis with us all ... and try to write/compose a new haiku with the story you analyzed from the haiku. !! Tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) starts our new Time Glass episode !!

Well ... good luck! Be inspired! This episode of "Analyze That Haiku" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 22nd at noon (CET).

Carpe Diem #567, Prayer Flags

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today we have a different kind of "autumn"-kigo, prayer flags, I am not aware of the reason why Jane has chosen to bring up this kigo for autumn, because prayer flags are of all times and seasons.
I remember that I have written haiku about "prayer flags" and I also wrote a haibun once (in my own language) about Tibet. I find it heartbreaking that Tibet has been overruled by China and I hope that Tibet will become a free country again ... In my opinion China has nothing to do with Tibet and for sure not with the Tibetan culture and religion. Tibetans however carrying their burden always with a smile and the hope that they once will be free again ...

Jane shares a few examples, but this one I think is the most gorgeous one:

prayer flags
ground shadows
in weird shapes

© Jane Reichhold

Credits: Prayer Flags
I like this tradition ... what a joy this must give to share your prayers by exposing flags in all colors of the rainbow. Those Tibetans are just great and so spiritual ...

Sharing your prayers with the world by using flags is really great. It's very similar with our 'tradition' to remember all and everything in our prayers ... let us keep on going with that and maybe we can share our prayers too by prayer flags.

mysterious shadows
against the rough mountains -
Om Mani Padme Hum

© Chèvrefeuille

What a wonderful haiku, if I may say that of a haiku written by myself. I am looking forward to your haiku inspired on this wonderful prompt "prayer flags".

This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 25th at noon (CET). Our next post will be a new Ghost Writer post, with a great similarity with our CD Distillation feature.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Carpe Diem Special #108, Words by Francis of Assisi (3)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another CD Special episode in which I bring you quotes by Francis of Assisi for your inspiration. And this time I have (at least I think it is) a wonderful quote by him:

[...] "Remember that when you leave this earth you can taken nothing of what you have received, but only what you have a given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage". [...]

Isn't it a wonderful quote? But to write a haiku inspired on this quote will not be an easy task, but I have to try of course.

on her deathbed
she looks back on her life -
lotus flower blooms

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Pink Lotus
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 24th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, prayer flags, later on. For now ... be inspired.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Carpe Diem #566, Crow

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Crow is our prompt for today and I think this bird is so autumn ... however I couldn't imagine first why Jane has chosen 'crow' as a modern kigo for autumn, because there are several haiku written by the classics about crows e.g. this very famous one by Basho:

kare eda ni karasu no tomarikeri aki no kure

on a bare branch
a crow has stopped
autumn dusk

© Basho

Basho wrote this final version of this seminal haiku, i
n 1689, five years before his death, which, according to many literary critics, ushered in modern haiku replete with its subtle yet profound power. It represented a revolutionary change from the shallow, pun-ridden, clumsy haiku of the Danrin  School that held sway at the time. In the words of R. H. Blyth, this 'crow' haiku by Basho was the watershed in "the setting up of his own, indeed, the creation of what we now call 'haiku."
!! By the way ... I am coming back on this famous haiku by Basho in a new feature which I am creating right now !!
Or this one e.g. by Issa:

ki ni naku wa yamome karasu ka ama [no] kawa

cawing in the tree
are you a widow, crow?
Milky Way above

© Issa

And this is one of Jane's examples:

a crow's wing tips
sweeps from the clouds
dark rain drops

© Jane Reichhold

Isn't it a wonderful creature? But is it only for autumn? I don't think so ... but as I talk about crows there is an association with autumn or winter ... 

black on white
a flight of crows settles down
in an autumn field

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 23rd at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, a new CD-Special, later on.

Carpe Diem "Sparkling Stars" #6, Sodo's "There is Nothing"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week's episode of "Sparkling Stars", the feature in which I bring haiku written by classical haiku-poets, known and not-known to you, is about Zen. What is Zen? Zen is as they say: "Not a thing exists of its own nature", all is bound together and is part of each other. What does this mean? As we think back at our "river"-prompt all and everything has its own Buddha-Nature, but is also bound together. And that's what Zen says: "All and everything has its own spirit. All and everything is God-like/Buddha-like and bound together".

This week I have a wonderful haiku (full of Zen) for you all, for your inspiration, written by Sodo (1642-1716). I think it's a wonderful haiku because of its simple complexity. In this episode I will, hopefully, bring this simple complexity, to real simplicity to let you all understand the meaning of this haiku and all other haiku are at their base a like with this one by Sodo.

yado no haru nanimo koso nanimo are

in my hut this spring,
there is nothing, -
there is everything!

© Sodo

This is poetry only when we take it as a spontaneous gush of feeling at some particular, fresh expression of the infinite meaning of things. A mouse runs over the tatami, and the whole Zoological Gardens cannot manifest more of life. Mildew covers an old piece of leather, and the mystery and power of Nature are revealed. The "philosophy" of the verse may be illustrated by a poem of Hakurakuten (penname of Pinyin Bo Jugi (772-846), a Chinese poet):

A Summer Day

The Eastern window is not hot at dusk;
Through the Northern door comes a cool breeze.
Sitting here, reclining there,
I have not left the room all day;
But if the mind is in its essence attached to nothing,
At home or abroad is just the same.

The Zen expression of Sodo's verse, however, is terser and better:

[...] "Not a thing exists of its own nature". [...]

This is what Mugaku Sogen (a Zen-Buddhist monk who lived from 1226 'til 1286 who also wrote wonderful poems), expresses in the following whimsical but profound way:

I thought
I would like
To give you something, -
But in the Daruma Sect,
We have not a single thing

And this poem says it all I think. Sodo, maybe did know this poem by Mugaku and used it for his inspiration ... who knows ...

Credits: Empty Bowl

To write a haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Sodo will not be easy, but I have to try is of course ...

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

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode of "Sparkling Stars" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Saturday at noon (CET).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Carpe Diem #565, cutting wood

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy ... to have some spare time to create a new episode of our wonderful haiku kai. This month we are discovering modern kigo for autumn as compiled by Jane Reichhold in her "A Dicitionary of Haiku", a great saijiki in which you can find several modern kigo.|
Today our prompt is "Cutting Wood" and it immediately brought a haiku by Jim Kacian, our featured haiku-poet of August, in mind:

chopping wood-
someone does the same
a moment later

© Jim Kacian

To re-read this episode of CD-Special click HERE. It was our first CD-Special in August and I recall that you all shared wonderful haiku on this haiku e.g. by Björn Rudberg:

axes sing -
quenching winter’s dirge
of dying embers

©Björn Rudberg

Or this one by Nimi:

With each strike
the groan resonates -
Chopping wood

© Nimi

Both are beautiful and so different from each other. In my response on that haiku by Jim Kacian I wrote:

deep silence
in the forest I only hear
a Woodpecker

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Cutting wood
As I am preparing this episode another haiku came in mind. This time one by Yosa Buson and here it is:

ochikochi ochikochi to utsu kinuta kana

near and far
here and there the beating sound
of fulling blocks . .

© Yosa Buson

In ancient Japan, fulling blocks to chop wood on were also used for washing clothes. Another one also by Buson goes as follows:

kangetsu ni kiwo waru terano otoko kana

Under the winter moon
chopping up firewood,
the man of the temple

© Yosa Buson

All wonderful haiku on "cutting wood" and I think it's great to look at what Jane Reichhold uses as an example for this modern kigo.

the mountain path
being drawn through the woods
a sound of saws

© Jane Reichhold

Or what do you think of this example, also by Jane:

chain saw stilled
the sound of the ocean
comes into view

© Jane Reichhold

Isn't it a beauty. The chain saws are stilled and you can immediately hear the sound of waves, the song of birds or the rustling of leaves. Awesome.

after the rainstorm
again the sound of roaring chain saws -
dripping raindrops

© Chèvrefeuille

Awesome! What a wonderful prompt we have today. I hope you all will be inspired to share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Kai. Keep on going ... let's do some "wood cutting" (smiles).

This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 22nd at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, crow, later on. For now ... have fun!

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #50, Ese's "glittering blue"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It looks like we are into renga here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but that's of course not the idea behind CDHK, but it's fun to "play" with haiku, so renga (as the mother of haiku) is very important for us haiku-poets.
This week's Tan Renga Challenge is by Ese of "Ese's Voice" and it's the 50th Tan Renga Challenge here at CDHK, so we have a little celebration, which I have given form in our new feature "Soliloquy No Renga" and in this post I just want to say THANK YOU ALL for being part of CDHK and participating in this Tan Renga Challenge every week.

This new Tan Renga Challenge is started with a nice haiku written by Ese in response on our earlier post "river" ... it is a stunning haiku and I couldn't resist it ... so I use it this week for our Tan Renga Challenge.

glittering blue
above empty riverbed
wings of dragonfly

© Ese

Isn't it a beauty? The goal of this feature is to write a second stanza towards this haiku. That 2nd stanza has two lines with respectively 7 syllables, but that's not an obligation. By associating on a theme, word, feeling or something in the given haiku (the first stanza of the Tan Renga) you have to complete or continue the Tan Renga.

Credits: Dragonfly
Here is my attempt:

glittering blue
above empty riverbed
wings of dragonfly   (Ese)                          

through the mist, the croaking of frogs;
soon the riverbed will be full again   (Chèvrefeuille)                    

A nice continuation I think, but that's not up to me. This episode of our Tan Renga Challenge is open for your submissions today at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday September 26th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Soliloquy No Renga (an introduction), "purple shadow"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I have a new challenging feature for you all ... (thank you Jen). As you all know haiku came from 'hokku' the opening verse of a Renga or chained verse ... Renga was a collaborative kind of poetry in which several poets were participating. Basho, one of the four greatest haiku-poets (next to Buson, Issa and Shiki) transformed the 'hokku' into a poetry-form on itselves, the haiku ...
I love to bring you back to the roots of our beloved haiku and created what I will call 'Soliloquy No Renga', a Renga written by one poet. Soliloquy means monologue and is a synonym for it.

The goal of this new feature is to write a Soliloquy No Renga, a Renga composed by one person. With this new feature it is possible to help you to be more associative, because you have to compose an all new renga with at least six (6) links.
As you all know a renga has stanzas of three and two lines. The first verse "hokku" gives the title to the renga and sets the entire image of your renga. By association on the verse before the verse you have to write you can make the renga a complete story.
This new feature is just for fun and I hope it will bring you the fun and inspiration as I had in mind. You can choose on your own how much links you use, but at least (as I said above) six (6) links. The last link has to make the "circle complete" and in that way has a link with the first verse. That last verse is called "ageku".

I will give you the "hokku" for the Soliloquy No Renga and than it's up to you. That "hokku" can be a haiku by a classic or modern haiku-poet.
As you all know this month we have all wonderful haiku by Jane Reichhold based on her saijiki "A Dictionary of Haiku", so to honor her I have chosen a nice autumn haiku composed by Jane as the starting verse of this first episode of Carpe Diem "Soliloquy No Renga". So our first "hokku" ever for this new feature is the following haiku:

blue autumn skies
folded into mountains
purple shadow

© Jane Reichhold

So you have to start with this opening-verse or "hokku" and in your closing-verse or "ageku" there has to be a link or association back to this "hokku". Why? Well ... it's because of aesthetic reasons ... by linking or associating from the "ageku" to the "hokku" you make the "circle" complete.

Here is my first "Soliloquy No Renga" (a 10-stanza renga):



the autumn skies
folded into the mountains
purple shadow

fresh breeze brings new sounds
I have never heard earlier

nightingale sings-
a serenade for, her, the moon
hidden behind clouds

leaves, colorful and bright
fall one by one as was planned

after the rainstorm
reflections of blue sky and clouds
in muddy waters

Credits: reflections on water (moon and aurora) © Robert Berdan

raindrops - rhythmic art of nature
in the pond circles fade

in faint moonlight
shadows of bare branches
move like humans

fireflies lightning my path
to the top of the mountains

high above the clouds
the thin air crystallizes


everywhere around me I see
blue sky and everlasting snow

© Chèvrefeuille

It's a great way to learn how to associate on themes to make this all new kind of renga "Soliloquy No Renga" and I hope you all like it and will try it. 

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 20th at noon (CET). Than I will decide if I will do this feature again. Have fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carpe Diem #564, Vineyards

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Yesterday we had an "out of box" post about 'river' and today the prompt brings us back to earth. Today our prompt is Vineyards and there is a lot to tell about vineyards, but I am not going to do that. I am just giving you the prompt and that's it ... (smiles)

No ... I can't do that. Vineyards are e very specific prompt for autumn October is the harvesting month for grapes and that's a lot of work. The Vineyards are giving us wine and that's a lot of work too. I am not someone who drinks wine, I am more of beer, yes I know that's maybe a bit to normal, but I don't like wine really. Of course I love to have sometimes a glass of wine at dinner or on a romantic evening, but I am not someone that drinks a lot.

Credits: Vineyard
Vineyards we find everywhere on earth even in my flat country The Netherlands. In our southern region we have vineyards, but were I live ... in the polder, in the midst of my country we have vineyards too, because of the soil here.

walking in the vineyard
with the one I love to share a glass with -
the scent of grapes

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... as I said ... not a long post for today. Now it's up to you to write a haiku inspired on this prompt. Jane Reichhold gave the following example(s):

pale fog
yellow vineyards over
champagne cellars

at the family-run vineyard
a cat too

Wonderful examples on Vineyard ... let those haiku inspire you.

Credits: Vineyard
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 21st at noon (CET). I will publish our next episode, cutting wood, later on. !! PS. I am behind with visiting and commenting I will catch up a.s.a.p. !!