It’s my pleasure to publish another “old” episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This episode I published on November 9th, 2012 and it was the last episode of the “Rainbow-week” in which all the prompts were the colours of the rainbow. I even recall that I have given everyone who had participated in that “Rainbow”-week an award. I love to share that old episode here with you all and for the “Reprise Haiku” feature I invite you all to write haiku, senryu, tanka or kyoka on “Violet”. By the way in that month our CD-Special featured haiku-poet was Issa.

Here is the episode as published on November 9th 2012:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today we end our journey along the colours of the rainbow. Our last colour is violet (or purple). This is the colour of the seventh chakra, It’s the crown-chakra. Purple is the colour of good judgment. It is the colour of people seeking spiritual fulfilment. It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good colour to use in meditation.

Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colours, purple is believed to be the ideal colour. Most children love the colour purple. Purple is the colour most favoured by artists. Thursday’s colour is purple. Violet is a combination of blue and red. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration. Violet is an important energy for those who use blue and indigo skills in the psychic field. The red in violet offers a grounding effect.

in deep silence
I see the violet colour
of spirituality

a purple mask
hides her red eyed face
lost spirituality

cold and warm colours
fused to deep violet
balanced again

little small faces staring
deep into my eyes
Delta Violets

A last one on rainbow again, for closure so to say of this wonderful Rainbow-week of Carpe Diem. Not one by myself but one of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) our Classical Haiku-master for the Carpe Diem Specials this month.

yûmomiji tani zankô no kie kakaru

evening’s fall colours –
the rainbow in the valley
fades away

© Kobayashi Issa

Thank you all so much for participating in this Carpe Diem Rainbow-week, I have read wonderful haiku, all very wonderfully composed and colourful. It has been a pleasure to host this Rainbow-week for you.


Well …. I hope you did like this “Reprise” episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and for this feature “Reprise-Haiku” the prompt is “Violet”. It’s NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 24th at noon (CET). Have fun!