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 …
vincent-van-gogh-olive-trees-with-yellow-sun-and-sky
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:

sarolta

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).

 

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

It’s my pleasure to share here our first episode ever of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I started with this daily haiku-meme on Friday September 21st 2012. And I remember that the first episode was called “waterfall”. There were 6 contributors than and a few of them are still contributing to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai nowadays. (This feature is NOW called Haiku-reprise)

Here is that first episode ever:

CARPE DIEM #1, WATERFALL (First Carpe Diem Haiku Family Reprise-haiku)

CARPE DIEM
For starters … I will give the first prompt for this new daily haiku meme today. So you can think about it and be inspired.

Carpe Diem is a new daily haiku meme in which you can share your haiku. The haiku (or senryu) can be a classical or a non-classical one. It’s all up to you. The first prompt for CARPE DIEM is waterfall. I think this is a great prompt to start with. Let flow your inspiration like a waterfall and share your haiku with us.

waterfall of colors
leaves whirl through the street –
departing summer

© Chèvrefeuille

autum leaves
Please be so kind to share a thought in the comment form. Do you have an idea for a new prompt? Well … share it with us. I look forward to your contributions for this new haiku meme. And I hope it will be a success. I will try this to the end of the year … so I hope that I can continue this haiku meme in January 2013.

Have fun, be inspired and enjoy writing …

Namaste,

Chèvrefeuille

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It’s really a joy to re-read this first episode ever again … our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai has evolved in the past time and has become a wonderful haiku family. I am so glad that I started this daily haiku meme … and I am so proud and humble that I may be your host. Thank you all for your neverending effort to write and participate in our Haiku Kai. I have understand by all of your responses that you love to link up on this prompt “waterfall”, so I have decided to put a linking widget into this post. You can submit your haiku, senryu, tanka of kyoka until August 15th at noon (CET).