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.


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!



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



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)

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 …




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).



Good day dear friends and followers,

It’s time for a new episode of Carpe Diem Shadow, our irregular haiku meme at Carpe Diem Haiku Family. As you all know the task is to write a haiku in the classical way inspired on the given prompt. This episode that prompt is “sunflower” and the first thing which came in mind was (of course) the gorgeous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, a fellow Dutchmen.


This is not a painting by Van Gogh by the way, but the painter was inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflower-paintings. This painting inspired me to write the following haiku:

after the thunderstorm
the sunflowers in the backyard
have broken

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you …. our “shadow”-prompt for this episode is:


This episode will be open until August 4th at noon (CET) and you can submit from now on. Have fun, be inspired and share.


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It’s time for a new episode of our CDHK-Shadow haiku-meme here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family. I had a very busy week and so I am a bit late with this new episode of CDHK-Shadow. This time I have chosen  the prompt “meadow” and I think it’s a great prompt. Of course you don’t have to use this exact prompt in your haiku, but there must be a reference to ‘meadow’ in.
Your haiku has to follow a few rules, because here at CDHK-Shadow the goal is to follow the classical rules of haiku. I will give them here again in short. If you would know more about the rules than you can visit our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai blogspot Lecture 1 

Here are the rules for a classical haiku in short:

1. three lines (5-7-5 syllables)
2. a kigo or seasonword
3. a kireji or cuttingword (interpunction mostly)
4. a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water
5. a deeper (spiritual) meaning
6. lines one and three are interchangeable

And now it’s your turn to compose an all new haiku inspired on ‘meadow’, you don’t have to use the word itself, but there must be a reference to the word. Here is my attempt to write a classical haiku on ‘meadow’:

colorful meadow
sweet scent of flowering fields
the cool evening breeze

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Shadow is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 28th at noon (CET). Have fun!



Troiku: a double peony.

Some time ago I wrote a Carpe Diem Preview on a new creative form of writing haiku, the troiku. This post is another try on this new creative way of writing haiku. I love the way how this new form asks me to think about writing haiku. It’s, in my opinion, a great way of writing haiku and I enjoyed writing this post very much.

The ‘sleigh’ is inspired on a haiku by Issa (a classic haiku master) and it was a Carpe Diem Special a few days ago.

pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony


pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony

(horse 1)

pink flowers
as far as man can see –
purple sea

(horse 2)

between green dewy leaves
hides a little green frog
for the blue heron

(horse 3)

a double peony
in full bloom in my garden –
a dawning sun

Maybe you will try it yourself? Than please link your Troiku to the linking widget of an earlier post, which you can reach HERE

This is an old episode of the beginning of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai in 2012 (November)

Carpe Diem logo November Preview

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today the first Carpe Diem Preview of November. I will introduce to you a whole new (as far as I know) form of haiku, Troiku. Later on I will tell you all about this new form, but first I love to look at other haiku forms you and I know.

Was Hakka the spoken language of the Imperial Court?

First the classical form of haiku:

In the middle ages Renga, Renku, Linked verse or Bound verse was a game at the Royal Emperor’s court. Renga was a so called ‘linked verse’, a chain of verses based on the early middle ages form waka. The waka was a five line verse with a strict syllable count 5-7-5-7-7. This form we know nowadays as tanka. In the renga this waka was split in two parts the hai (5-7-5) and the kai (7-7). How did this work?
One player (poet) composed the starting verse called hokku (5-7-5). Through association the second player (poet) wrote ‘the answer’ (7-7).


all day sunrise
what a joy to live in
my orange house

(c) Chèvrefeuille

This verse (hai) gives enough to associate on e.g. day, sunrise, joy, orange or house. It can go in several ways. Let’s look at an association for ‘the answer’ (kai) on orange.

at the end of the day
white chrysanthemum turns orange

(c) Chèvrefeuille

A third player (poet) wrote the next hai and a fourth player (poet) wrote the next kai and so on. Sometimes renga became a long chain of poems, verses, of at least one hundred links. The longest known renga had over ten thousand links.
Renga is the mother of haiku so to say.


Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) was a great haiku poet and – master. It was he who took the hai out of the renga and made it a new form of writing verses. The classical haiku (by the way it was Shiki (1867-1902), the fourth great haiku master, who gave haiku it’s name. It’s a re-done name of the starting verse of renga ‘hokku’.) was born.
As you may know there are several rules to write a classical haiku. First there is the syllable count 5-7-5; second it has to have a kigo or seasonword, a word that places the haiku in a certain season; third a haiku describes a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water; fourth a deeper meaning based on the philosophy of the poet. The classical haiku has several other rules, but these four I have mentioned are the most common ones.
In the classical haiku the syllable count is the most important rule and made it known as ‘counted verse’.

walking along the beach
heads bend into the Northern wind
a boy with his girl

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong example, but it will fit the purpose. Let’s look closer to this one. Is it a classical one? Yes it is, the syllable count is 5-7-5, there is a seasonword (Northern wind, Winter) and maybe there is a deeper meaning. Yes there could be ‘you have to be strong and confident to walk in a Northern storm, maybe these youngsters are in deep love notwithstanding thoughts of their parents who don’t like this relationship’.

lonely flower

As you may know I write my haiku mostly in the so called Kanshicho-style in which the syllable count isn’t strict. E.g.:

lonely flower (4 syll.)
my companion (3)
for one night (3)

(c) Chèvrefeuille

And than we have the Piku based on the mathematical number pi 3,14 so this piku has three lines with 3-1-4 syllables. E.g.:

balloon fight
not that way, fool

(c) John Governale


at the ball
waltzed without shoes

(c) John Governale

It’s not my ‘cup of tea’, but I have once tried to write a piku for Few Miles’ Haiku Challenge last February.


the Thinker
no more thoughts

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Another form is the Acrostic haiku e.g.:

This acrostic haiku by Lilmoon Godess on the acrostichon SUN

Shining orb of light
Under which we cultivate
New leaves and new souls

(c) Lilmoon Godess

Another acrostic form uses a Acrostichon and a Liaison. This one you may know. I have written it for Wonder Wednesday of Poets United. In this one the Acrostichon is AUTUMN and the liaison is TUTU.


A rainy day
Under the umbrella
Tears of joy
United again by
Music of the Swanlake
Newly weds

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Well … it’s a wonderful poetry form, but not an easy one to write.

Let’s look at a different haiku form called Naisaiku.
In this haiku form you give a title to your haiku (one of the sentences) and place that at the end of your haiku and than backwards your haiku again.

lonely flower
my companion
for one night
lonely flower
for one night
my companion
lonely flower

(c) Chèvrefeuille

lonely flower 2It makes a wonderful new poem. It’s important in this form that the first and third sentence are interchangable. (By the way interchanging the first and third line is also one of the rules of a classical haiku, but that rule isn’t commonly known).

OK ’till so far several other haiku forms. Back to the subject of this Carpe Diem Preview. As I said in the beginning of this Preview I have created a new haiku form Troiku and I think it’s fun, but not an easy form. First I have to tell you something about the source of the name Troiku.
It goes back to 17th century Russia.


A troika (meaning: triplet or trio) is a traditional Russian harness driving combination, using three horses abreast, usually pulling a sleigh. It differs from most other three horse combinations in that the horses are harnessed abreast. The middle horse is usually harnessed in a horse collar and shaft bow; the side horses are usually in breastcollar harness. The troika is traditionally driven so that the middle horse trots and the side horses canter; the right hand horse will be on the right lead and the left hand horse on the left lead.

The troika was developed in Russia during the 17th century and could reach on full-speed 45-50 kilometres per hour, which was at that time a very high speed on land for vehicles.

OK … up to the Troiku. Compared with the troika, haiku counts three lines and the troika was driven by three horses. A troika was (mostly) a sleigh and that … my dear haijin, visitors and travelers is what a troika made a troika.
In the Troiku, the sleigh is the base haiku from which we will start.


E.g. the ‘sleigh’ of our Troiku is a haiku written by a classical (or modern) haiku poet.

For the introduction of the Troiku I have chosen a haiku by Basho. A very well known one written by him … namely ‘frog pond’.

old pond
frogs jumped in
sound of water

In this Troiku form it’s the intention to write three new haiku (the horses of the troika) starting with the seperated lines of the ‘sleigh’. (By the way: The Troiku is only possible in the Western way of writing haiku, without the classical “count of syllables”.)
In this example you have to write a new haiku with ‘old pond’, ‘frogs jumped in’ and ‘sound of water’. Let’s give it a try heh …

The ‘sleigh’:

old pond
frogs jumped in
sound of water

The horses:

Horse one:

old pond –
the scent of the Lotus
overwhelmes me

Horse two:

frogs jumped in
the sound of rain far away
thunder and lightning

Horse three:

sound of water
dripping from the gutter
after the hurricane

Nice way of writing haiku isn’t it. For closure I will give the ‘lay out’ as I love to use; this ‘lay out’ looks somewhat like a troika:

Troiku Old Pond

I love it. I hope you, my dear haijin, do like this new Troiku too. Let’s do another one. This time I will use a haiku written by myself. This haiku I published on Carpe Diem orange on November 5th.


Troiku Orange House

When I was writing this preview another thought came in mind. Maybe two or three sleighs’ and six or nine horses? Wouldn’t that be something? Maybe it is! I will give it some thought and if I have succeeded … than I will publish them in a new Carpe Diem Preview.

‘Till than? Have fun writing Troiku and if you like this form … please share your Troiku with Carpe Diem. I have included a linking wizard that will remain open ’till end of this year.

Namaste, Shalom, Blessed Be,
or in Russian

Do Svidaniya

If you would like to try your hand on Troiku? Please link your Troiku to our linking widget hereafter.




Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am so happy that this new weblog is starting to become a little bit more known. Of course becoming known takes time, but I wish that it will be a great success. This episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Shadow, a haiku meme for writing classical haiku following the rules as mentioned in our first episode, is now open for submissions.

The prompt for this episode is Shooting Stars. As I said above I wish and hope that this new weblog will become a success and that is quit the idea behind this prompt.
As you maybe know legend tells us that if you see a shooting star you can make a wish and that wish will come true. So …

A week ago I saw a shooting star and I did a wish and I hope it will become true.


Here is my attempt to write a haiku on this prompt:

thousand shooting stars
nothing to wish for anymore –
it’s raining silver

© Chèvrefeuille

The goal for CDHK Shadow is to write a classical haiku (5-7-5). You don’t have to use the prompt  itself, but in your haiku there must be a reference to the prompt. Have fun!



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.

Dear friends, followers, haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I stated in my first post here I will use this WordPress weblog to share highlights with you from my haiku-blogs. Today I love to share the 500th prompt of my daily haiku-meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK). I celebrated this mile-stone with my CDHK-haiku family with a post titled ‘Gingko Leaves’, based on Jane Reichhold’s “A Dictionary of Haiku”. Here is that post.


Carpe Diem #500, Gingko Leaves

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy! Today we have a little celebration … today we have our 500th prompt on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I never had thought that CDHK would be that succesful, but as we all can see … CDHK is still alive and kicking. As started in October 2012 I thought ”maybe this will do a year, I couldn’t have dreamed that I would still be here with my daily haiku-meme. It’s really a joy to share my love for with the world and I know that you all, my dear Haijin, visitor and travelers, our haiku-family, enjoys it a lot. We have a steady growing Haiku Kai and a lot of haiku-poets who are sharing here their haiku on a regular base. Thanks to all of my contributors, without you all CDHK wouldn’t be exist.

Today we are going on with the exploration of the modern summer kigo as created by Jane Reichhold and today our prompt is gingko leaves. Here is an example by Jane:

fanning my cheek
a gingko tree loans us
its papery leaves

© Jane Reichhold

As I was preparing this episode I ran into the word ”ginko” (almost the same as gingko) and it brought immediately a new feature for CDHK in mind. ”Ginko” means in Japanese ”a walk taken with the purpose of writing haiku” and Jane wrote a haiku with this ”ginko” in it.

ginko success
finding back home
sand between my toes

© Jane Reichhold

Must be awesome to go on a ”ginko” together with other Haijin to write haiku. I remember that I once did that with the Haiku Society of The Netherlands and it was really fun. We went to the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden (a place near The Hague) and we made a ”ginko” with eachother. I even remember a haiku which I wrote than:

spider’s cobweb
hides the smiling face of Buddha –
a gust of wind

© Chèvrefeuille

Ok … back to our prompt for today. What’s the deeper meaning of Gingko Leaves I asked myself and I sought on the WWW for that deeper meaning it turned out that the Gingko Tree stands for Life Force. The Gingko is very important for e.g. Chinese Alternative medicine and that makes this tree very interesting.
It’s known for its fan-shaped leaves, as we also could read in Jane’s haiku above.

Isn’t it a wonderful tree? Worth to celebrate our 500th prompt here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai … it’s thanks to all of you that CDHK has become a success.

on his death-bed
he smiles as he sees the Gingko-tree –
blooming Lotuses

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … this was our 500th CDHK (regular) prompt. I hope you did like it … and maybe you all think ”what a sad haiku Chèvrefeuille has shared here in this celebration-episode” … maybe that’s true, but I think that even in death is something worth celebrating in the spiritual way of thinking ofcourse.