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A very nice post by one of our finest haiku poets I think.

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spring’s delight
the jasmine bush blooms
perfumed nights

tiny white flowers
cascading around the door
fresh jasmine tea

spring morning
lingering jasmine perfume
wafting with the breeze
each petal a memory
of the night that they shared

© G.s.k. ‘15

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scent of Jasmine
sound of a gurgling brook
peace of mind

© Chèvrefeuille

shaded by blossoms
it is like song in a play
resting on a journey

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

buds huddle by day
fragrance comes alive at night
affair with the moon

© Manjula Reddy

Today’s post was written for:  Carpe Diem #780 Kuchinashi (Jasmine)

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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.

petal lanterns
I feel blessed beneath the Wisteria –
rosary beads

© Chèvrefeuille

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Namaste

A wonderful love story caught in a beautiful series of Tanka. Really a nice blog Georgia.

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Its time again for a new episode of our “Shadows” feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family. Just a few minutes ago I posted an episode of Carpe Diem Extra at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In that CD-Extra I have announced a very special month in which we will go on the trail with Basho and I love to “step in” here on that idea.

I love to challenge you to write a haibun (prose and haiku) in which you describe a journey (it doesn’t need to be a real journey you have undertaken) to a place you would love to see once in your life. For example, I would love to visit Japan once in my life, but I think that will not happen, but I can (of course) make that journey in my mind and dreams.

photo © Michael Yamashita

photo © Michael Yamashita

A haibun is a piece of prose in which you use haiku as e.g. Basho did in his “Journey into the Deep North” (or Oku-no-Hosomichi). I am looking forward to your stories, your haibun. Have fun!

This “Shadows”-episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Saturday February 21st at noon (CET).

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a long time that I have had the time to write a post here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family I am very busy with our “big brother” daily haiku-meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai in which I just have started with a new month full of wonderful prompts. This month it is all about “impressionism” at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
Therefore I have chosen to do a new “shadows” episode here with one of our famous (post-impressionism) painters in the lead, Vincent Van Gogh. He has painted wonderful pieces and he was in a way part of the “impressionistic wave” in art as we can see in a lot of his paintings. As for example in this one: Olive Trees with Yellow Sun and Sky. Vincent gives us an impression of what he sees and makes use of the light of the day …
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Try to write a new haiku (or tanka) inspired on this painting by Vincent van Gogh.

the orchard flooded
with
the early light of a new day
A
rooster crows

(C) Chèvrefeuille

This episode of our “shadows” feature here at our Carpe Diem Haiku Family is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until February 10th at noon (CET). Have fun!

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Dear friends,

It is time again for a new episode of our irregular haiku-meme “shadows”. This time I have chosen for a challenging episode. This time I love to ask you to write a haibun (prose and haiku) about “angels”. Your haibun can be not longer than 100 words including the haiku.

Not an easy task I think, but it will challenge you after all … Here is my attempt:

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My Angels

I remember him very well, how could I ever forget him? He was the most precious what I had. We were always together and we shared almost everything. He is still around me after almost 20 years. I miss him every day … sometimes I look at his photo on the wall just right of the TV-set … framed in a silver frame together with my grandma and our Yorkshire terrier. All are missed … and they all watch over me and my family.
No Cardboard Angel, but real angels … I know for sure that he, my brother, my grandma and our Yorkshire are watching over me … I can sense their presence in so many things … I can feel them trying to cherish and comfort me as I am sad … they are my angels …

no cardboard angels
cherish and comfort me when I am sad,
… real angels do

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: photo

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Sunday November 23rd (at noon, CET)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers, It’s time for a new episode of our “irregular” haiku-meme “shadows”. As you maybe know at our home weblog Carpe Diem Haiku Kai we are celebrating our second anniversary and this month we are on “memory-lane” through the history of our home-weblog. This part of our Carpe Diem Haiku Family is one of the youngest, so we have to wait before we can celebrate our second anniversary, but … we can celebrate here also the second anniversary of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Children playing with leaves

Children playing with leaves

So for this episode of “Shadows” I have a nice prompt … “celebrating autumn”. The goal is to write a haiku (classical or non-classical) in which you celebrate autumn. Must be fun. the laughter of children resonates through the park playing with leaves © Chèvrefeuille This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 15th at noon (CET). Enjoy! !! Credits: photo !!

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another episode of this ir-regular feature of Carpe Diem Haiku Family. For this episode I have chosen a prompt that’s a bit of departure of summer, Empty Beach, but it can also mean “being completely alone on the beach in spring, summer or winter. That’s all up to you. I am just the one who tries to inspire you … and the prompts are just that a source of inspiration …

EMPTY BEACH

My attempt:

midsummer night –
after the heavy rains
empty beach

empty beach
just my beloved wife and I –
hot summer night

© Chèvrefeuille

It’s up to you now. This “shadow”-episode will be open until September 3rd at noon (CET).

 

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another new episode of our Carpe Diem Haiku Family Shadow-feature is ahead of us. This time I love to ask you to write haiku on the prompt mirror and I am looking forward to all your responses on this one. It’s tough to look into the mirror, but underneath your reflected face there will be always the younger you.

mirror

Credits photo: here

as I look in the mirror
my hair turned grey and wrinkles under my eyes –
in my heart I am young

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 19th at noon. Have fun!


 

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Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It’s time for a new episode of CD Shadow here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family. This time I have chosen for “fame” as your inspiration source. Matsuo Basho, one of the four greatest haiku-poets, was a famous poet in his time. In our time we have a lot of famous people e.g. Jane Reichhold is a famous modern haiku-poet or Obama is a famous US President.

The goal of this new episode is to write/compose a haiku, in the classical way, about someone who is famous and who you, maybe, admire.
As a haiku-poet Basho is my role-model and I am admiring his haiku. So I have chosen to write a haiku about him.

famous frogpond-poet
brought his passion into my mind –
the sound of water

© Chèvrefeuille

Frog

Frog

This ‘tribute’-haiku is based on Basho’s famous frogpond haiku:

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

© Basho

And now it’s up to you. Choose a famous human and write a haiku about him (or her).

This episode is open now and will remain open until August 11th at noon (CET). Have fun!