Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It has been a while that I posted here, but … well as you all know (maybe) I am a very busy guy not only on Internet, but also in real life.
I love to create weblogs and e-books and I love to challenge you to create haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga or other Japanese poetry form. Carpe Diem is a very nice and warmhearted family of haiku and tanka poets who are mostly busy creating as inspired on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai this month its all about tanka and recently I started the Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence”, a period of 30 days to write a haiku or tanka every day inspired on the theme.
Here I love to reach out to you all and challenge you to create haiku and tanka based on the “shadow-side” of life.
House Altar (photo found on Pinterest)
photos of loved ones
I light a candle
in front of my brother’s photo –
the scent of Old Spice
In this tanka you can sense the pain and sadness of loosing a loved one. In this tanka I refer to the death of my brother back in 1995. This is what I mean with the “shadow-side” of life.
You can submit your response until next Tuesday (November 29th at noon)
It has been a while that I posted here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family, but I hope to change that this year. Of course most of my attention goes to our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but its a shame that I post so little here.
Today was a wonderful “spring-like” day here in The Netherlands. During my lunch break I took a little walk outside of the hospital. Across from the hospital we have a nice park with a beautiful pond full of ducks, coots and moorhens, but also swans. As I walked through the park I noticed that two of the swans were courting. Its amazing to see how these beautiful creatures are courting each other. The beautiful symmetry of their movements … very gracefully …
I felt very sad that I didn’t had my camera with me, and I don’t have a mobile phone with camera … so I have sought the Internet and found a nice video on You Tube.
And this is the haiku which I wrote very close after this encounter.
spring is in the air
swans courting each other
Dear friends and followers,
There will be soon a new part of our Carpe Diem Haiku Family online … souchou an e-zine with a lot of joyfull articles, haiku, tanka and a lot more … I hope to have it online before the end of this year.
Have a great week … and I love to wish you all … Happy New Year …
christmas has gone
no more presents under the tree
only good wishes
Good day dear friends and followers,
As you maybe know we had two kukai at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and to share the haiku which were submitted for these kukai I have created an all new E-book “Petal Lanterns”. This E-book is now available for downloading at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
I feel blessed beneath the Wisteria –
A wonderful love story caught in a beautiful series of Tanka. Really a nice blog Georgia.