Chèvrefeuille's haiku

I wonder … did you know that we had a second full moon today? A so called ‘blue moon’? Well … today this event occurred as it did e.g. August 31st 2012. For someone like me, a Wiccan-believer, it’s worth a celebration. And I had my own little celebration … I danced naked in the backyarf in the light of her … the Blue Moon. I belief that moonlight can give new, female, energy to bring the male guts in balance. I enjoyed my naked dance and it inspired me to write this tanka, my new found love … or my new addiction …

dancing naked
in the light of the blue moon
she cleanses me
her warmth cherishes my body
the sweet scent of Honeysuckle

© Chèvrefeuille

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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

Bastet and Sekhmet's Library

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


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



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


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).

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 …
Try to write a new haiku (or tanka) inspired on this painting by Vincent van Gogh.

the orchard flooded
the early light of a new day
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!


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:


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 !!


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 …


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).


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!