Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #85 Back in time: Use that quote

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to bring a new episode of our Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu feature. Last week we traveled back in time and this week I love to do that again.

This week I love to challenge you with a quote. There was a special feature at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, titled "Use that Quote". As you will understand the goal is to create a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on a quote.

I love to challenge you with a quote by Lord Byron:

" 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." 

Quote by: Lord Byron 

Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Here is my attempt to create a haiku inspired on this quote

all senses open
a forest walk

© Chèvrefeuille

This Tokubetsudesu episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 3rd at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, Portugal, later on. For now ... enjoy the challenge.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Carpe Diem #986 Poland

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the penultimate "stage" of our Europe Ginko. It was really a joy to create this month and we have seen a lot of Europe, virtually. Today we will visit Poland. Poland, once part of the Warsaw Pact, became a member of the EU in 2004. Let me give you a brief overview of Poland's history.

The establishment of a Polish state can be traced back to 966, when Mieszko I, ruler of a territory roughly coextensive with that of present-day Poland, converted to Christianity. The Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented a longstanding political association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by signing the Union of Lublin. This union formed the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, one of the largest and most populous countries of 16th and 17th-century Europe. The Commonwealth ceased to exist in the years 1772–1795, when its territory was partitioned among Prussia, the Russian Empire, and AustriaPoland regained its independence (as the Second Polish Republic) at the end of World War I, in 1918.

flag of Poland

In September 1939, World War II started with the invasions of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union (as part of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact). More than six million Polish citizens died in the war. In 1944, a Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation was formed and, after a falsified referendum in 1947, it took control of the country and Poland became a satellite state of the Soviet Union, as People's Republic of Poland. During the Revolutions of 1989 Poland's Communist government was overthrown and Poland adopted a new constitution establishing itself as a democracy. Despite the large number of casualties and destruction the country experienced during World War II, Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth. (Source: Wikipedia)

I once had a colleague from Poland and she told me that she missed her country, of course. As I asked her why she missed her country, she told me that she not only missed her family, but also the beautiful nature of Poland. As a haiku poet that triggered my attention and I think she is right ...

Tatra Mountains Poland
Look at these gorgeous mountains ... awesome don't you think so too?

mountains with their top down
clear blue water

© Chèvrefeuille

Or what d you think of this wonderful reserve, Bolechowicki Gully Nature Reserve:

Bolechowicki Gully Nature Reserve
rocks rising
to the clear blue sky
a skylark's song

© Chèvrefeuille

It's not all mountains and hills of course in Poland, but as I was doing research for this episode I ran into a wonderful image of a Polish winery on a hill-side. I didn't know that Poland had a winery culture, but the wineries are really beautiful.

Polish winery
in front of the fireplace
dreaming of wonderful Poland
with the one I love

© Chèvrefeuille

I really didn't know about Polish wine. I thought the Polish were of Vodka and Beer, but in the last few decades the Polish have discovered wine and the producing of it.
Next to the wine ... will there be haiku poets in Poland?

Poland has its own International Haiku contest, so there will be haiku poets living there I think. I found a few examples of haiku by Polish haiku poets:

Between one raindrop
And just the following one—
It is not raining

© Alina Kizierowska 

fourth anniversary—
only the wind sweeps the leaves
from the grave

© Robert Kania

Indian Summer
on my lips
Indian summer

© Marta Chociłowska

wind chill
among trembling leaves
more and more sky

© Maria Kowal-Tomczak

All haiku examples from Poland retrieved from HERE:

Poland ... a fantastic country ... worth visiting once ....

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 2nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new Tokubetsudesu, later on. For now ... have fun!

!!! I couldn't retrieve a possibility to come in contact with the above haiku poets, but as always I have credited them all !!!

Carpe Diem Special #212 Joyce Lorenson's 4th "a glint of mica"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This is the last CD-Special of this month. This month all the CD-specials were by Joyce Lorenson, she was the winner of the "New Life" kukai. Joyce is a very gifted haiku poetess and maybe you have already read her exclusive CDHK E-book "A Glint of Mica" which you can download at the right side of our Kai.

cover of "A Glint of Mica" by Joyce Lorenson

I think this E-book has become a beauty. In "A Glint of Mica" you will find haiku and haiga by Joyce. For this last CD-Special I have chosen the "title"-haiku of her E-book "A Glint of Mica" to share with you here.

a glint of mica
the swaggering strut
of a raucous magpie
© Joyce Lorenson 
As you all know the goal of the CD-Specials is to create a new haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one given. So here is my attempt to try to write a haiku in the spirit of the haiku by Joyce:
screaming peacock
walking around the farm
like a watchdog
© Chèvrefeuille
Not as strong as I had hoped, but I think this haiku is somewhat in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one by Joyce.
Here is another "peacock" haiku from my archives, this is what is called a cascading haiku: 
king of the farm
spreads out his gorgeous tail -
feathers on a vase

feathers on a vase
eyes looking deep into mine -
again in love
again in love -
the first day of Spring has come
listen to the breeze
© Chèvrefeuille
I hope you did like this CD-Special and that I have inspired you together with Joyce.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 2nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Poland, later on. For now ... have fun! 


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Carpe Diem Renga Party #3 Summer Moonlight

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to start with our Third Renga Party "Summer Moonlight". This Renga Party has 10 participants and the "hokku" is written by Dolores Fegan.
This Renga Party we are creating a traditional "summer" kasen-renga of 36 links. You have to try to respond within 24 hours by writing your link (stanza) in the comment field. As you have written your comment please ask in your comment your successor to write his / her link by "saying": Your turn (name of successor).

Between [ ] you find how much lines you have to write and which "theme" you have to use.

Some of you have to write two links on a row, because of a "turn" in the kasen-renga. The following participants have to write two links on a row: Candy, Kim M. Russell and Nimi Arora.
I hope that this Renga Party will be a success. Have fun!

Summer Moonlight

A Traditional Summer Kasen Renga
Started - Finished: June 27th
Written by / between: Dolores Fegan (DF); Joyce Lorenson (JL); Rallentanda (Ra); Kyle TM (KTM); Christy Draper (CD); Candy (Ca); Kim M. Russell (KMR); Nimi Arora (NA); Humbird (Hu) and Chèvrefeuille (Ch)
[SU = summer; A = autumn; W = winter; SP = spring; Misc. = non-seasonal references -- usually about people or feelings or places; Love = well you can decide... Moons are always autumn unless you name it a summer or winter or spring moon]

Here is the line-up for this Renga Party:


1. summer moonlight
steals my sleep again
I stroll down the lane (DF)

2.[2] [SU] Joyce Lorenson
3.[3] [Misc.] Rallentanda
4.[2] [Misc.] Kyle TM
5.[3] [MOON / A] Christy Draper
6.[2] [A] [also write link #7] Candy

7.[3][A] Candy
8.[2] [Misc. / Love] Kim M. Russell
9.[3][Misc. / Love] Nimi Arora
10.[2][Misc. / Love] Humbird
11.[3] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
12.[2] [Misc.] Dolores Fegan
13.[3] [MOON / W] Joyce Lorenson
14.[2] [W] Rallentanda
15.[3] [Misc.] Kyle TM
16.[2] [Misc.] Christy Draper
17.[3] [FLOWER / SP] Candy
18.[2] [SP] [also write link #19] Kim M. Russell

19.[3] [SP] Kim M. Russell
20.[2] [Misc.] Nimi Arora
21.[3] [Misc.] Humbird
22.[2] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
23.[3] [SU] Dolores Fegan
24.[2] [SU] Joyce Lorenson
25.[3] [Misc. / Love] Rallentanda
26.[2] [Misc./ Love] Kyle TM
27.[3] [Misc./ Love] Christy Draper
28.[2] [Misc.] Candy
29.[3] [MOON / A] Kim. M. Russell
30.[2] [A] [also write link #31] Nimi Arora

31.[3] [A] Nimi Arora
32.[2] [Misc.] Humbird
33.[3] [Misc.] Chèvrefeuille
34.[2] [Misc. / SP] Dolores Fegan
35.[3] [FLOWER / SP] Joyce Lorenson
36.[2] [SP] Rallentanda (ageku or closing verse to connect the end with the start, like a chain)
I am looking forward to your creative links .... have fun!


Chèvrefeuille, your host

Carpe Diem #985 Austria

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a wonderful month, travelling through the European Union is awesome and today we will visit one of the European countries which I visited myself once long time ago. Today we will visit Austria. Austria became a member of the European Union (EU) in 1995. Let me tell you a little bit about the history of Austria.

The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire. From the time of the Reformation, many Northern German princes, resenting the authority of the Emperor, used Protestantism as a flag of rebellion. The Thirty Years War, the influence of the Kingdom of Sweden and Kingdom of France, the rise of the Kingdom of Prussia, and the Napoleonic invasions all weakened the power of the Emperor in the North of Germany, but in the South, and in non-German areas of the Empire, the Emperor and Catholicism maintained control. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria was able to retain its position as one of the great powers of Europe and, in response to the coronation of Napoleon as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. Following Napoleon's defeat, Prussia emerged as Austria's chief competitor for rule of a larger Germany. Austria's defeat by Prussia at the Battle of Königgrätz, during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, cleared the way for Prussia to assert control over the rest of Germany. In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary. After the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, Austria was left out of the formation of a new German Empire, although in the following decades its politics, and its foreign policy, increasingly converged with those of the Prussian-led Empire. During the 1914 July Crisis that followed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Germany guided Austria in issuing the ultimatum to Serbia that led to the declaration of World War I. 
Flag of Austria
After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (Deutschösterreich, later Österreich) in an attempt for union with Germany, but was forbidden due to the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919). The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Germany was occupied by the Allies and Austria's former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the Second Austrian Republic would become permanently neutral.
I remember that I visited Austria as a young guy of 18 years, it was an educational tour to learn German. I was housed in the home of an Austrian family, the best way to learn German. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Austrian nature. I had never seen mountains in reality, I only knew mountains from pictures. It was amazing ...

As a haiku poet nature is one of the main themes, so it must be easy to create haiku about the Austrian nature ... the clean mountain air, the mountains, the mountain flora and fauna ... awesome. Let us take a look at the beauty of the Alps.

The Alps
clear blue sky
embraces the mountains
cry of an eagle

© Chèvrefeuille

sound of water
babbling mountain stream

deepens the silence

© Chèvrefeuille

Austrian National Park (Hohe Tauern National Park)

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, Hohe Tauern National Park provides endangered animal and plant species with a protected habitat. 1800 km² in area, Hohe Tauern National Park is actually the second largest in Europe. Here you can experience Mother Nature at her most beautiful: Austria’s highest peaks and biggest glaciers, meadows strewn with colorful alpine flowers, imposing crags and refreshing waterfalls. A centuries-old natural and cultural landscape, formed by the Ice Ages and the forces of the seasons, is just waiting to be discovered.
Mother Nature
dances in her Paradise
the sound of water
© Chèvrefeuille
As I was doing my research for this episode I ran into a wonderful, spiritual and mysterious almost mystical photo of the Alps. I just had to use it in this post today ... look for yourself.
Mystical Alps
serene beauty
the gods cherish Mother Nature
blessing her

© Chèvrefeuille
cloud cover breaks open
sun rays finding their way to the mountains
like blessing hands
© Chèvrefeuille
It wasn't easy to find haiku poets from Austria, but I finally found a few examples of haiku from Austria.
Eine Wasserrose,
Die aus der Tiefe auftaucht.
Kräuselt sich das Wasser.
A water lily
Emerging from the depth
Ripples of water
© Paul Ernst (1898) (one of the first haiku written in Austria)
And I found a few haiku by Dietmar Tauchner, a modern Austrian haiku poet, who has won several prizes and is also a member of the American Haiku Society. To read more haiku by Dietmar Tauchner please visit his website Bregengemme. (The German translations are my own)
Autumn Colors
Herbst Einbruch der Nacht
Die Eiche ist ein wieder
mit seinem Schatten
autumn nightfall
the oak is one again
with its shadow
Wiese Safran
die rohen Schreie von Staren
beziehen sich auf mich
meadow saffron
the raw cries of starlings
refer to me
© Dietmar Tauchner
Austria ... a wonderful country ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 1st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, the last CD-Special by Joyce Lorenson, later on.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra June 25th 2016 "Chained Together"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I downloaded our new CDHK e-book "chained together" I discovered a few lay-out problems so I have erased the possibility to download this new e-book. I have to redo it. My excuses for the inconvenience.


Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Carpe Diem Utabukuro #12

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to bring to you a new episode of our special CD feature "Utabukuro" (or "poembag"). Let me tell you the goal of this special feature first:

The goal of this CDHK feature is not difficult, because I just ask you to share a haiku or tanka which you admire. That haiku or tanka can be one of a classical or non-classical haiku poet or one by you. You can choose whatever you like, but it has to be a haiku or tanka. Maybe the haiku brings you sweet (or sad) memories or you just like it. Explain why you have chosen that haiku or tanka to share here "in" CDHK's Utabukuro, poem bag and ... that's the second task for this feature, write/compose an all new haiku inspired on the one you have chosen.
For this episode I dived into my archives (built from 1988) and choose a haiku which I once have written myself for Wonder Haiku Worlds.

This haiku I wrote in 2006, it was a first try to write in the free style as Santoka Taneda did. (I also will give the Dutch translation):

petals of cherry blossoms fall
so quiet

kersenbloesem valt

zo sereen
© Chèvrefeuille

Recently I wrote a few haiku for the haiku-contest of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which I (of course) cannot re-publish here, because the judging is still going on, and the haiku I submitted for this contest cannot be published earlier.

As you all know cherry blossoms are one of my favorite themes to write haiku about. So to fulfill the goal of this feature I love to share an all new haiku on Cherry Blossoms.

cherry blossom petals fall
without sound
© Chèvrefeuille
And now it is up to you. Share your favorite haiku with us all and try to create an all new haiku inspired on your choice haiku.
This episode is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Saturday July 2nd at noon (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Extra June 25th 2016 Kukai "Prayers" and "3rd Renga Party"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Maybe it escaped from your attention, but on May 27th 2016 I posted a call for submissions for our new kukai "prayers", but until now I have only one CDHK family-member who has submitted haiku for this kukai "prayers".

You all will understand that this kukai needs some more submissions so I have decided to prolong the time you have to submit your haiku for the kukai "Prayer".

Please email your haiku (a maximum of three not published earlier) for the kukai "Prayers" to our email-address:


Please write 'kukai prayers" in the subject line.

You can submit your haiku until July 10th 10.00 PM (CET).


Chèvrefeuille, your host.

PS. I will start with our third Renga Party after this weekend on Monday June 27th. I will make a line-up and publish it here at our Haiku Kai. I know this is somewhat later than planned, but as I wrote in one of our earlier posts this month I have underestimated the time which I need for the research of our Europe Ginko.

Carpe Diem #984 Malta

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "stage" in our Carpe Diem Europe Ginko, in which we will visit a large part of the countries that are part of the European Union (EU). Maybe you have followed the new about the so called "Brexit" about the British referendum to stay in the EU or leave the EU. This referendum took place on June 23rd and a small majority voted to leave the EU, with 52% the UK will leave the EU. So as for today on the UK will be no longer an active member of the EU. It's for sure not very clear what will happen to the EU or the UK after the Brexit ... we will see in time.

Okay back to our "stage" today. Today we will visit Malta (once a part of the UK) were the people speak English and Greek. Let us take a brief look at the Maltese history.

Malta's location has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British, have ruled the islands. 
Maltese flag
King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the George Cross to Malta in 1942 for the country's bravery in the Second World War. The George Cross continues to appear on Malta's national flag. Under the Malta Independence Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1964, Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom as an independent sovereign Commonwealth realm, officially known from 1964 to 1974 as the State of Malta, with Elizabeth II as its head of state. The country became a republic in 1974, and although no longer a Commonwealth realm, remains a current member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004; in 2008, it became part of the Eurozone.
Malta has a long Christian legacy and its Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta is claimed to be an apostolic see because, according to the Acts of the Apostles, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked on Malta. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta.
Let us take a closer look at the Maltese nature ... 
Harbor of Valletta, capital of Malta
moving forward
© Chèvrefeuille

As I was doing research for this episode I ran into a wonderful "creature" named Velella. The velella is found in all warm and temperature waters of all the oceans. The organism is like an oval, translucent, deep-blue plastic with a transparent sail on top.  It lives on the water surface and is at the mercy of the wind, tides and currents for transport. It is often found in large numbers and sometimes hundreds of thousands become stranded along the coast. This beautiful "creature" is found often in the waters around Malta.
small creatures
fighting against the wind
© Chèvrefeuille
floating plastic?
is the water polluted?
no ... Velella!

© Chèvrefeuille
Landscape of Malta
green meadow
as far as I can see
colorful flowers
© Chèvrefeuille
Malta ... paradise? I think so ... it's really a beautiful country. Must be awesome to live there. By the way ... I told you about the history of Malta and there are several ancient remains, so called megalithic temples, on Malta. One of those megalithic temples is Tarxien Temple:
Tarxien Temple
praying to the gods
offering them the gifts of nature
peace of mind
© Chèvrefeuille
With the beauty of Maltese nature and its rich history there have to be haiku poets on the Island. I searched for them on the Internet and found only one Maltese haiku poets, John P. Portelli (I couldn't retrieve an emailaddress or something to ask permission, but as always I credit the poet):
çass il-˙amiem
lil sidu jistenna –
ma jici qatt
the pigeons stare
awaiting their master —
he never comes
ri˙et ix-xita
fuq bjut im˙allba friski:
taqtig˙ il-qalb
the smell of rain
on terraces newly sealed:
losing heart
ri˙et ix-xita
fuq ˙axix mixwi sfajjar:
fer˙et il-qalb
the smell of rain
on scorched and jaundiced grass:
heart’s delight
g˙ollieq inigge!
jispunta kullimkien –
ming˙ajr avvi!
stinging thorns
growing everywhere —
no prior notice
tqattar ix-xita
ixiddu l-˙mura s-sicar
oqbra mg˙ottija
dripping rain
trees blushing
covered tombs
taqbe! il-˙uta
jin˙eba f’˙alqha l-ganç
ba˙ar ka˙lani
the fish leaps
in mouth the hook is hiding
azure sea
Azure Sea Malta
id-dell tad-dielja
jinfirex, jo˙loq kenn –
jg˙annu l-imrie!aq
the vine’s shadow
spreads, makes shelter —
the cicadas sing
il-weraq waqg˙u
qrie˙u s-sicar bla g˙ata
erwie˙ mitlufa.
the leaves have shed
bald the trees uncovered
lost souls.
waslet ix-xitwa
bil-ckieket u l-irwejja˙:
boççi tal-kamla
winter’s here
with jackets and scents:
moth balls!
u jg˙anni bikri
il-kardinal ˙amrani
u l-qattus jong˙os
he sings so early
the crimson bird –
the cat is dozing
tqattar ix-xita
jifir˙u !-!rincijiet
f’g˙adira niexfa
dripping rain
the frogs rejoice
in a dry pond
© John P. Portelli
Well I hope you did like this episode about Malta and of course ... I hope to have inspired you to create haiku yourself.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until June 30th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Austria, later on. For now .... have fun!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Carpe Diem Extra June 24th 2016 Now Available "Chained Together", a new exclusive CDHK e-book

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Now available a new exclusive CDHK e-book "Chained Together", Tan Renga. In this new e-book I have gathered all the Tan Renga Challenges of May 2016 and the responses. I hope you will like it.

"Chained Together" is now available for download at the left of our Haiku Kai.


Chèvrefeuille, your host.