Monday, October 24, 2016

Wandering Spirit --- Introduction

Maybe you can remember me I once was your guest at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai as a ghostwriter. I told you a little bit about my life and my sensei, Matsuo Basho, whom I still miss very much. Master Basho taught me how to write soloku (or as you call it now, haiku) and I am still grateful that he accepted me as one of his disciples. Until that moment my life was a complete disaster.
I was an only child and I lived in Edo (or Kyoto) with my dad. I never had the chance to got to know my mother, because she died as she gave birth to me. My father raised me alone. He was a high ranked samurai and taught me all that I know about going to battle, but also about art and poetry.
When I was about 17 years old my dad passed away in the Great Fire of Meireki, a major city-fire in which Edo was destroyed for more than 60 %. I not only lost my dad, but also all of my family's belongings. After that major disaster I became an outcast and a wanderer under the sun, moon and stars of my beloved Japan.

Of course there is no urge to tell you about me and the life I had, but ... hidden deep inside me there is a kind of longing, a kind of hope, a kind of urge to tell you more about my life and so ... here I am again ... this is the story of my life, Yozakura, the Unknown poet.

roosuto ando aroon a wandaaingu supiratto biniisu za san

lost and alone
a wandering spirit

beneath the sun

© よざくら (Yozakura)

Yozakura (1640-1716)
to be continued

Carpe Diem Kukai "Tribute" the judging starts

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am a little bit ashamed ... Why? Well ... I totally had forgotten that we have had a special kukai to honor Jane Reichhold. That kukai "tribute" I had prolonged and now it is time to bring up the entries for this "tribute" kukai for judging.

The anonymous list of submitted haiku you can find above in the menu. This "tribute" kukai had ten (10) participants with in total 26 haiku in honor of Jane Reichhold.

You can email your results of your judging to our email-address:
Please write "judging tribute kukai" in the subject line. Thank you.
Chèvrefeuille, your host

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Carpe Diem Special (2nd guest) Kala Ramesh #4 jasmine rain

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First a few announcements:

1. I am behind with commenting on all of your beautiful art-work of haiku- and tanka poetry. I hope to catch up a.s.a.p.
2. On our Tumblr "Carpe Diem Haiku Kai" you can find a sneak preview for the upcoming months. You can find this Tumblr HERE
3. Next month, because of the still running "autumn"-kukai I have a unique series of CD Specials in mind for you all ... here is the new CD Special logo for November (© photo):

I love to introduce haiku- and tanka poets from The Netherlands to you. I am busy with gathering the permissions for these CD Specials and I hope to surprise you all.

Okay ... back to our 4th CD Special by our second guest Kala Ramesh. Kala is a renown haiku- and tanka poetess from India and she really writes wonderful haiku and tanka. For this CD Special I have chosen a mixture of haiku and tanka created by her.

I hope her haiku and tanka will be bring you the inspiration you need ... in other words ... let Kala Ramesh be your muse for today.

I look at the blue sea
and the blue sky
in wonder . . .
gently they turn
into night

liquid twilight
the tilt of a water pot
on her hip

Banyan Tree
rain catchers
near our banyan tree
here and there
leaves of the pond lotus
roll raindrop-moons

in their own world
jasmine rain

© Kala Ramesh, Pune, India

I wasn't familiar with the Banyan Tree, so I searched the Internet and found a nice piece of text (on wikipedia) in which the deeper spiritual meaning of the Banyan Tree is mentioned. There is also reference that the Banyan Tree stands for eternity and everlasting. In hindu images the god Shiva is seen very often sitting in silence under the Banyan Tree.

The banyan tree is the national tree of India. It is also called Indian or Bengal fig. This tree is considered sacred in India and can be seen near a temple or religious center. It is a big tree and gives shade to travelers in very hot summer months. An old custom offers worship to this tree.

In Hinduism, the leaf of the banyan tree is said to be the resting place for the god Krishna.
In the Bhagavat Gita, Krishna said, "There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down, and the Vedic hymns are its leaves. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas." (Bg 15.1) Here the material world is described as a tree whose roots are upwards and branches are below. We have experience of a tree whose roots are upward: if one stands on the bank of a river or any reservoir of water, he can see that the trees reflected in the water are upside down. The branches go downward and the roots upward. Similarly, this material world is a reflection of the spiritual world. The material world is but a shadow of reality. In the shadow there is no reality or substantiality, but from the shadow we can understand that there is substance and reality.

A Big Banyan Tree at Bangalore (photo © Kiran Gopi)

shadows move
up and down the wall
bare branches

© Chèvrefeuille

in the shadow of the old Banyan Tree I sit in peace seeking contact with the Universe leaves resonate the Vedas

© Chèvrefeuille

What a beautiful tree this is the Banyan Tree ... I was really surprised to read all the information on this "holy" tree and as you can read I was inspired. Now it is up to you ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 28th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, folding paper, later on. Have fun ... take a seat under the Banyan Tree.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #1078 embroidery thread

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As you have noticed I have published already two episodes today, so this third episode will not be a very long one, but I think there is no need to create a long episode. Today I love to challenge you to create a haiku or tanka with another nice tool for art and creativity embroidery thread.

As I was younger, say a teenager, I loved to embroider, yes even guys can love that. I was studying to become a teacher and I had to learn to embroider (and all other kinds of art-work) and I loved it. I created several "art-pieces" with embroidering.

Japanese embroidery (with silk)
Take a close look at this image above ... it looks like a woodblock or a painting, but it is a real piece of embroidery art. The above image shows a beautiful piece of Japanese embroidery with silk. Isn't it awesome?

stitch by stitch
paradise birds come to life
an empty cocoon

© Chèvrefeuille

Enjoy this short episode and be inspired through it.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will will remain open until October 27th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, the fourth CD Special by our second guest Kala Ramesh, later on. For now .... have fun!

Carpe Diem Imagination with Paul Militaru #4 kissing gate

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Carpe Diem Imagination with Paul Militaru, a very gifted photographer and poet. Paul has created wonderful photos and I am glad and grateful that I may use his photos in this festive anniversary month to inspire you.

I have found another beauty and I hope it will inspire you to create haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form.

For this episode I have a beautiful photo from the so called "kissing gate" by Brancusi at tg.jiu. Isn't it a wonderful idea to walk through this gate, linger for a moment under it to kiss your beloved one?

Wow ... what a beauty and the name of this gate can certainly inspire you to create a lovely haiku or tanka ... maybe you can try to bring some sensuality and romance into your poem ...

Please if you use the photo in your post credit Paul Militaru. 

late summer evening
a quick kiss and a touch
we enter the park

© Chèvrefeuille

Another one ...

hot summer night
nude bodies folded together
under the gate

© Chèvrefeuille

I was inspired through this photo ...

at sunrise
I awake next to beauty
under the gate
torn apart clothes around us
and used rubbers

© Chèvrefeuille

Sorry that last one is maybe to much .... but my fantasy was on a roll (smiles)

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, embroidery thread, later on.

Carpe Diem #1077 Hammer and Anvil

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize that I am late with this episode (and the following) I had a few very busy days, so ... time wasn't on my side.

Today I will try to catch up with posting, this is the first ... another wonderful regular prompt, hammer and anvil, something I not know much about, but recently I saw a preview of a new TV-show on History channel. "Forged in Fire", it's a kind of competition between hammer smiths who are challenged to create ancient weapons like samurai swords.

I haven't seen this TV show, so I really cannot tell you more about it, but I liked watching the preview of this show. Strong guys forging weapons in great fires and hammering the iron into shape. In a way I became excited to see them at work. It's a ancient craft and those hammer smiths are cool to watch. By the way ... forging isn't really my thing, but it did seem awesome.

hot air
sound of iron on iron
shape with fire

© Chèvrefeuille

Would be an awesome idea tor try this once.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at noon (CET). I will post our next episode, Imagination with Paul Militaru 4th, immediately hereafter.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Delayed post

I will publish our new regular prompt, hammer and anvil,  later on. I hadn't time at my side. Sorry.

Chèvrefeuille your host

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Carpe Diem Full Circle #2-2016

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new "encore" for this festive month. As you maybe remember I promised you earlier this month to bring three (3) Carpe Diem Full Circle episodes and I had planned to "aired" it yesterday, but time wasn't on my side so therefore I bring you our new "encore" Carpe Diem Full Circle today.

Let me first tell you what the challenge "Full Circle" means:

I call it ''Full Circle'' because the goal is to write haiku with the twelve (12) words I will give. It's a kind of word-whirl and you have to use the words given in the clock-wise direction. So every word has to come in the line of it's place on the clock e.g. rainbow you have to use for line one (1) and autumn for line two (2) and so on.

I will give you twelve (12) words (for every ''hour'') one word. The goal is to write haiku using the words as given in the clockwise way.

Here are the twelve (12) words, for every hour one word, you have to use this time:

1. rain 2. young leaves 3. buds
4. mountain 5. silence
6. monk
7. river
8. summer breeze
9. she
10. snow
11. sparrow (s)
12. blue sky

A nice series of words I would say so, but I also think it will not be easy to create four (4) new haiku with this series.

Let me give you an example of a haiku created with words 1, 2 and 3, and also in that order (as is the goal of the "full circle" challenge).

the soft rain rests on young leaves two buds open

© Chèvrefeuille

Not a strong one, but its just to give you an idea what to do. After this first haiku (created with words 1,2 and 3) you have to create three other haiku with the given words. Good luck ... and have fun, because this feature is just for fun and of course for the challenge (smiles).

This Carpe Diem Full Circle is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 27th at 10.00 PM (CET). Have fun! Take your time, you have more than a week to respond.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Carpe Diem Special (3rd guest) Herman van Rompuy's 3rd "birds in concert"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's a honor to bring you another CD Special by Herman van Rompuy (former President of Belgium and President of the EU). Herman has written wonderful haiku and he often used this beautiful poetry form in his political career to make short statements, but those haiku, or maybe I can better say senryu, are not for here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, because politics aren't really a theme to share posts about here. So I just have chosen haiku as we know them ... based in nature .... and the beauty of that same nature.

The haiku I love to share here to inspire you brought a nice haiku in mind by Matsuo Basho, my sensei:

spring has come;
a nameless hill
is shrouded in thin mist
© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Blyth)
In this haiku by Basho we read the mystery ... and the "word-painting" in this one is really awesome. "a nameless hill shrouded in mist" sure ... you can see only a faint image of the hill, but as the mist has gone than maybe we know the name of the hill.

And here is the haiku by Herman van Rompuy to inspire you, of course I will credit him, but he hasn't responded yet on my question for permission. So if there is a problem please let me know.
But ... Herman van Rompuy's haiku are real beauties and I am honored and glad to share them here to inspire you. Herman is a very gifted haiku poet.

birds in concert
one sings above all others
I don't know its name

© Herman van Rompuy (taken from: Haiku, by him)

A beauty I would say and that video fits it so well. I hope you are inspired.

at sunrise
sunrays on my naked body
birds singing

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 24th at noon (CET). I will try to post our next episode, hammer and anvil, later on. For now .... have fun!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #3 riversong

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is wednesday again so time for a new episode of our special feature in honor of Jane Reichhold, Carpe Diem Universal Jane. Jane's spirit moves here around on CDHK, because she was a great part of our haiku loving community and we have learned a lot from her.
Universal Jane is for her ... to honor her and remember her for ever as the connoisseur of haiku, tanka and renga, but mostly for her in loving memory, my friend and mentor as she was to a lot of us here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Jane, as we all know, was not only a haiku poetess, but also a tanka poetess pur sang, but she also was on e of the leading souls in the art of renga, or chained verse. We have done rnega here at CDHK several times and I had the opportunity to create a e-book of Jane's book "Bare Bones School of Renga", which you can find in the Jane Reichhold library here at CDHK. 

Renga ... the chained verse, that beautiful form in which we can create poetry together through interaction and association. Maybe you can remember our Tan Renga month earlier this year. Tan Renga (looks like Tanka) is a short chained verse of two stanza written by two poets. Maybe you remember the following Tan Renga:

The first stanza was by Jane Reichhold:

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten  
                       (© Jane Reichhold)

This was my response on this beautiful "hokku" by Jane:

caressing summer breeze
enchanted melody rises  
               (© Chèvrefeuille)

I love to challenge you, in honor of Jane to create a Tan Renga with the following haiku ("hokku") by Jane Reichhold. This haiku was extracted from the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku".

wind blown from autumn trees
a stream of gold

© Jane Reichhold

A nice autumn haiku, so try to associate on the images in this haiku to create a second stanza towards this "hokku" by Jane. Your 2nd stanza has two lines (approximately following 7-7 syllables). Please share this "hokku" by Jane Reichhold also in your post.

Maybe I can challenge you a little bit more ... let's try to create a Soliloquy no Renga with this "hokku" by Jane. A Soliloquy no Renga is a "renga" written by one poet with a maximum of eight (8) stanza. The last stanza is the "ageku" and must close the chain through association on the first stanza, the "hokku". You can find more on Soliloquy no Renga (a renga form which I created) HERE.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, a new CD special by our third guest Herman van Rompuy, later on.