Dear visitors and friends,

Today I love to start a new feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family. As you all know this WP-weblog is owned by Chèvrefeuille host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, a daily haiku-meme at blogspot. Here I will share highlights from my other weblogs, but I also love to challenge you to write haiku inspired on a prompt, not a daily prompt, but 2 or 3 times a week and maybe later every day.

I have called this new feature here Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Shadow and it challenges you (for sure) to compose haiku. There are however a few rules.

1. A haiku is a poem which shows you a moment as short as the sound of water when you throwing a stone into it;

2. A haiku has three lines respectively with 5-7-5 syllables;

3. It’s about nature and humans as part of it;

4. Haiku has so called kigo or seasonwords to place it in the right time;

5. Mostly a haiku has a deeper spiritual meaning;

6. Haiku also uses kireiji or cuttungwords, in our language that means interpunctie;

7. The first and third line can be interchangeble.

These rules have to be followed or in other words …. Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Shadow is about the classical way of writing haiku.

Well …. I hope that this new feature is gonna work and I am looking forward to your responses. You can link your haiku to this post by the Linking Widget.

Here is the first Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Shadow prompt:


So the goal is to write a haiku about ”shadow”, you don’t need the word, but in your haiku there must be a reference to the prompt.