Sunday, October 14, 2012
Carpe Diem Preview #4 looking back with excitement (1)
Good day, dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
The first month of Carpe Diem, seize the day, a daily haiku meme, is almost halfway. It was a joy to read all your wonderful haiku which you have shared. The use of the given prompts were gorgeous, different sometimes than I had expected, but always wonderfully composed.
To me this Carpe Diem meme is still an adventure, but it also is a joy to be your host for Carpe Diem.
I have read really nice haiku so far and I love to start with granting an award for the participant which I see as the most valuable participant for Carpe Diem. I will read and re-read all of your entries of October again and afterwards I will grant someone with this award. If you accept the award copy and paste it into the first post after accepting.
Well ... we are halfway the first month of Carpe Diem. Let me look back with excitement. I don't look back most of the time, because I look forward ... to the future, but today ... halfway our journey I will look back.
If I look back than ... I feel humble and honored. You have all written such nice and wonderful haiku, classical and non-classical, for Carpe Diem. I feel proud that I had the opportunity to read your haiku and to be your host here.
Our first prompt was waterfall which I posted already in the last days of September. I was nervous and excited ... and asked myself 'Will someone post a haiku?' That was the start of a wonderful journey and an adventure.
The first haijin ever on Carpe Diem was Green Speck and he granted me with the next haiku:
the stars rain tonight,
angels clap in sheer delight,
waterfall of light
as I stand under this fall,
water, kiss my soul
(c) Green Speck
It was a honor and a delight that Green Speck wrote this set for Carpe Diem.
On October 3rd the prompt responsibility was on. This prompt was suggested and given by Mariya Koleva and she wrote:
burden of no shape
greyish veil before my mind
never am alone
(c) Mariya Koleva
As Mariya (and I also) thought this wasn't an easy prompt, but the haiku written for this prompt were all wonderful. For example:
he washes her wounds
and binds them
(c) Mark M. Redfearn
I myself had some trouble with this prompt, but finally I composed a haiku on responsibility with a 'link' to Carpe Diem.
a haiku meme
I pick up the duty to give
every day prompts
October 5th we had moon for prompt. That prompt was a success, there were 13 posts shared. Carol and ArtMuseDog of 'A Creative Harbor', posted a series of three haiku. I will reproduce two of them here:
leaves falling ever
branches shedding, lightening
load lessening fall
birth, growth, sleeping dead
awake to new life, seasoned
fresh, a new being
(c) Carol and ArtMuseDog
On October 6th I introduced the Carpe Diem Special prompt. A prompt which was a haiku written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) one of the four greatest haiku-poets. I knew that the Special would be difficult, but it amazed me to read the entries on this special.
Kathy Donlan was the first to share her haiku for this Special inspired on the one I gave by Basho:
the orchard breathing
honey crisp air
(c) Kathy Donlan
Rainbow (October 10th) was also a prompt that had the honor for nine posts. Hank a.k.a. Kaykuala shared a series of four haiku, here I will reproduce two of them.
the dispersal of colors
through rays of sun
the colors exit
reflecting from raindrops to
create a rainbow
His entry for rainbow was a wonder. I was speechless ... so I decided to use Rainbow in reprise for November's Carpe Diem.
On the same Rainbow prompt Loredana posted a wonderful series of photo's of The Japanese Stroll Garden (New York) and two wonderful haiku. This post was a journey through the Japanese Garden.
autumn sunlight -
splashes of yellow, orange and auburn;
a rainbow in the garden
in the zen garden,
raking waves in the sand -
I live in the moment
The second Carpe Diem Special Prompt I published on October 12th. Another wonderful haiku by Basho:
it must have bloomed
from a wintry shower
(c) Basho (1683)
It inspired me to write:
poppies still redder
sacrifice for God
Dulcina, of Dulcina's Garden, wrote a gorgeous series of haiku (eleven) and I will reproduce two of her haiku here.
leaf purity blooming
in seraphic wings
dreaming of a future
in bright colours
In this first half of October I have met some new people that shared their haiku on Carpe Diem. I am grateful to you all, my dear participants.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for being part in Carpe Diem. You're the air to breath and give life to Carpe Diem.
To be continued ... in Carpe Diem Preview #5