Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carpe Diem #1262 courtyard blues

Dear Haijin, vistors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our "Imagination Without Limits" month here at our Haiku Kai. One image says more than Thousand words and that's what we are "proving" here this month. We only have images for our inspiration and sometimes a little bit background.

Today's CD Imagination I have titled "courtyard blues" ... that was the feeling I got as I saw this image for the first time. I found it on Tumblr and it is taken somewhere in the Provence (France). I couldn't retrieve the photographer of this photo so if you are or know the photographer, please let me know.

Courtyard Blues
A short episode today, because I am on the nightshift and therefore don't have enough time to create this episode. That also means today no haiku or tanka by myself.

By the way: I have published our new prompt-list for October 2017, the month in which we will celebrate our fifth anniversary. You can find this new list above in the menu or by clicking HERE.

A preview of our new CD Imagination you can find on our CDHK Tumblr.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 3rd at noon (CEDT). Have fun!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Carpe Diem #1261 The Pleasure of Reading

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to read. Cuddle up on the sofa and reading a book. Of course not only poetry, but also novels. But I also love to "read" books full of art or photos. Just looking at those wonderful photos gives me already the feeling of being there. This is why I created this month, because an image tells us more than thousand words can do. Do you know that feeling? I surely do.

Today's CD Imagination is an example of such feeling. I have found this photo on Tumblr, to be precise on the poetbf tumblr. A wonderful tumblr full of gorgeous photos, images and art-work. This photo had no title, but I thought immediately of the pleasure of reading, so that became the title of this episode "The Pleasure of Reading".

Take your time to look at the image, become one with it, feel it, smell it and so on ...

The Pleasure of Reading
This scene is awesome. Cosy and warm, romantic ... The candles, the view through the window, that open book in which you can see one single rose. And that cup on the right? Is it filled with tea, coffee or something else? Use your imagination, and remember the theme of this month ... Imagination Without Limits ...

Here is my response on this beautiful scene, this beautiful photo. By the way I don't know the name of the photographer, so if you are the photographer or you know who the photographer is? Please let me know.

I cuddle up

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

I am looking forward to all of your wonderful poems ...

This CD Imagination is open for your submissions tonight around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 2nd at noon (CET). A preview of our new CD Imagination you can find on our CDHK Tumblr. Have fun!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Carpe Diem #1260 Winding Road

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend full of inspiration. I am on the nightshift, so this will become (again) a short episode I think, but ... well we will see.

A while ago I published a special episode about the first prompt of CDHK back in 2012, that episode had a nice logo I think, but I thought I would use the photo (without text) someday as a prompt. Well that's going to happen today. I have "removed" the text and then only the photo stays.

I found that image somewhere on Pinterest and it's title came immediately ... "winding road". Why "winding road"? Well ... as I started with CDHK back in 2012 I was on a winding road, because it was a "step into the dark". I had never created a website as Carpe Diem. I don't have IT knowledge enough to create a website, but ... I was lucky to find "blogger" the webdesigner-tool of Google, an easy to use tool to create a nice website.

Winding Road
I remember that I used an almost similar photo in our first anniversary month (2013). I "traveled back in time" and re-read that episode. It was a kind of "reflection" on the first year of CDHK. I love to share a part of that episode here:

[...] "Since October 2012, as I started with Carpe Diem's daily haiku meme, I am on a journey, 'along the way', so to say. A journey similar with Basho's "Narrow Road to the Deep North". On this journey through the wonderful world of haiku (and other Japanese poetry) I came along different places, all caught in a given prompt. The journey led me to all corners of the world where I met wonderful people ... you all my dear haiku-family members.It's a honor that you all will walk this journey with me. Together we are along the way to a wonderful world in which haiku will bind us together and maybe we will bring a little bit love, light and peace to the world through which we are wandering." [...]
As I was preparing this episode a wellknown song of The Beatles came also in mind. I love to share that song here too, maybe to give you something more to become inspired or just for fun. 

A wonderful song I would say, a song that will inspire you a little bit more I think. Just enjoy the music and maybe ... it helps you to create your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

Here is my attempt to create a haiku inspired on this photo (and maybe a little the music):

the winding road
in wonder
© Chèvrefeuille
Hm ... I like this one (how immodest), but for sure this haiku is a nice one. It fits the scene, my story and the song ...
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 6:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until October 1st at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. A preview of our next CD Imagination you can find on our CDHK Tumblr.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Carpe Diem Weekend-meditation #3 on the river

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday September 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Time flies when you have fun, or a busy week. I had a very busy week, but I also had a lot of fun, not only private, but also at work. My work isn't possible without fun. As an oncology nurse I work with patients that are very ill, they all have a kind of cancer and are treated for it. There is always sadness, but we also have a lot of fun with each other. It's amazing how cancer patients are coping with their illness and their life ... they are all very strong.

This weekend-meditation I love to challenge you again to create a Troiku. This week I love to challenge you with that haiku by Basho which I shared in one of the Wandering Spirit episodes of last week.

floating lights
And here is the haiku which you have to use for this Troiku-challenge:

on the river
lights float to the horizon
the dead rejoice

© Basho

Or to make it easier, you can also choose the following haiku to use written by myself. And if you have fun with creating Troiku, than please feel free to create a Troiku with both of these haiku.

on the credenza
the images of ancestors
lighted by a candle

© Chèvrefeuille

More about Troiku you can find in the menu, first there is an explanation of the form and second you can find a CDHK e-book "Flamingo Clouds" in the menu full of gorgeous Troiku.

Well ... have a great weekend. 

This episode is open for your submissions next Sunday September 24th at 7:00 PM (CET) and it will remain open until October 1st at noon. I will publish our new episode around that same time. A preview of our new CD Imagination is now available at our CDHK Tumblr.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Carpe Diem #1259 creating beauty

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I have to apologize, because I forgot to post the preview of this episode on our Tumblr, but well sometimes that can happen. Today I have a wonderful image for your inspiration. I titled it "creating beauty" and it's a real beauty ... I think in this image you can find "fragile beauty" and "movement" ..

Here is the image for your inspiration:

Creating Beauty


© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

A (very) short episode this time, because I had a very busy day and I am a bit tired, but of course I cannot leave you without inspiration.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 27th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new "weekend-meditation" later on. For now ... be inspired!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Carpe Diem #1258 daily bread

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This time I don't have a lot of time, so I only will give you our new image for this new episode of "Imagination Without Limits". A whole month full of beautiful images for your inspiration. The image for today I found on Tumblr, but I couldn't retrieve the owner of this image. So if you are the owner or you know the owner, please let me know.

Look at this image. This is how I would like to bake my daily bread, but well ... I am a modern guy, with a passion for times gone, I buy my daily bread at supermarket. No nostalgia ... but what a joy it would be to make my own bread in the ancient way.

daily bread
baked on stone
dream on

© Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... not as strong as I had hoped, but in a way I like the scene painted in this "experimental" haiku.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 26th at noon (CET).

You can find our new CD Imagination preview at our CDHK tumblr. Have fun!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Carpe Diem #1257 Wisteria Blues (Jonathan Reid)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our "Imagination Without Limits". Today I have a beautiful image to inspire you. It was found on the Tumblr BonitaVista (which means beautiful vistas) and, after a long search on the Internet, I found the photographer who made this beautiful photo at the "Lake Como in Italy", it is titled "Wisteria Blues" (instead of "Wisteria Blossoms", as I had called it). This beautiful photo is made by Jonathan Reid and I hope it will inspire you.

Take your time to connect with the scene, Lake Como Italy, and create your haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form.

Wisteria Blues © Jonathan Reid (flickr)
Look at the Wisteria blossom. Do you see how magical it looks around those lighted windows? And the lake ... seems like a mirror. And all those differences of blue ...

blueish waterfall

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

By the way this "experimental haiku" brought another haiku in mind which I once wrote several years ago:

what a party
writing a renga together -
waterfall of flowers

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you can find your inspiration, awaken your muse and share your Japanese poetyr inspired on "Wisteria Blues" with us all.

A preview of our new CD Imagination you can find on our CDHK Tumblr.

PS. The owner and host of the Facebook page "My Haiku Pond" (Michael Smeer) asked me to share the following announcement with you all:

The 2nd Annual Haiku For Change Event is NOW OPEN for your entries. More about this event you can find HERE. You are invited to participate in this event.