Friday, August 26, 2016

Carpe Diem #1036 mountain


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are exploring the power of words through quotes by known and unknown people. Today I have a nice quote ... a very nice one I would say, because in this quote hides deep inside a strong spiritual message. See for yourself.

Today's quote is by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963), an American poet:

Theodore Roethke
I hadn't heard from this American poet, but he wrote wonderful poems and he was renown in the US. Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. " [...] Theodore Roethke

And this is my response inspired on this beautiful, spiritual layered quote:

climbing a mountain
only the sun and the spring breeze
new vistas

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 31st at noon (CET). Have fun!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Carpe Diem #1035 the colors of the spirit


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

August is running towards its end and we have read beautiful quotes for our inspiration and today I have another nice one.

Here is your quote to inspire you:

[...] "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." [...] Ralph Waldo Emerson

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 30th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Carpe Diem #1034 let the rain kiss you


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today's quote I have titled "let the rain kiss you" ... here in The Netherlands (the land of rain and water) we have high temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, and the weather forecast thinks we are going to have a heat wave. So this quote gave me some coolness.

Today's quote is by the African-American poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967) a wonderful and gifted poet and author.

Langston Hughes by Carl van Vechten (1936)
This is the quote for your inspiration:


[...] "Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." [...] Langston Hughes

And this is my inspired haiku:

after the summer heat
raindrops are kissing my naked body
Ah! that coolness

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 29th at noon (CET).

!!! I have published our new prompt-list for September, you can find it above in the menu !!!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Carpe Diem #1033 the cold night


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new day, a new dawn ... a new inspirational quote to inspire you all. This time I dived into the Spanish history and found a beautiful quote by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, a Spanish dramtist, writer and poet who lived in the Golden Age of Spain. I have to say I didn't know this wonderful poet, but I think he is worth exploring further, maybe for a Carpe Diem Distillation episode.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in 1600 and died in 1681. His quote for your inspiration is very close to us, haiku poets, its a strong one on nature and the mysteries of nature.

Monument for Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-1681) Madrid
And here is the quote to inspire you today:


[...] "These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms." [...] Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

And this is my inspired haiku:

at dawn
colorful flowers open their beauty
the cold night

© Chèvrefeuille

By the way ... if my work allows it, I am on the nightshift, I will publish our new prompt-list for September today. As you already know (I think) September will be a tribute to Jane Reichhold (1937-2016).

PS.: Last Sunday I started a new Tumblr to tribute Jane Reichhold, feel free to visit.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 28th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Carpe Diem #1032 pieces of heaven


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new inspirational quote is ahead of us. A nice one I think and very close to us haiku poets.

[...] "On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it." [...] Jules Renard (1864-1910)

A short episode today because of lack of time.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 27th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Carpe Diem #1031 live in the present


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome in the present ... fitting the title of todays episode. This month we are looking at "the power of words" through quote of known and unknown people. Today I have a quote by Buddha (563 BC-483 BC).
As you all know (maybe) haiku has a spiritual meaning too. That meaning is based in Buddhism and therefore Buddha cannot be missed in this month of quotes.

Buddha under the Bodhi Tree
Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." [...] Buddha

I think you are all familiar with the story about Buddha. One of His last acts was to find Enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi Tree. He finally became Enlightened and founded the base for Buddhism.

PS. I am hopelessly behind with commenting so I hope to catch up soon.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 26th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Carpe Diem #1030 path



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this belated  episode of our daily haiku meme. It was to busy at work to find a moment to create this blog for you.

This month it's all about the power of words and we are exploring taht power through the quotes of known and unknown people. Today I have a nice quote by our Haiku family member Hamish Managua Gunn, I think you all know him. He has a wonderful Tumblr blog "haiku forest" from which I extracted the quote for today.

Path photo © Hamish Managua Gunn - Haiku Forest
Here is the quote by Hamish Managua Gunn for your inspiration:

[...] "Ah…and then there’s the path, always the path, there, to concentrate on.. " [...] Hamish Managua Gunn

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 25th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Carpe Diem #1029 Felt With The Heart


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new episode of our daily haiku meme, a short one this time, because of lack of time. As you all know we are busy with the exploring of "the power of words" through quotes by known and unknown people.

Today I have a quote by Hellen Keller (1880-1968), an American author

[...] "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." [...] Hellen Keller

Hellen Keller
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 24th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Carpe Diem #1028 sadness


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

In this time in which sadness was part of our haiku community, because of the death of Jane Reichhold, the Queen of haiku and tanka, I have a quote by Khalil Gibran in which sadness is mentioned. Not to make you sad again, but just to point you to the loss of Jane.

[...] "Sadness is but a wall between two gardens." [...] Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran says it in a beautiful way how sad it is to see a wall between two gardens? Not sharing the beauty together. And that's really sad. Here at CDHK we try to share beauty with each other and I know you all will try that also for this prompt.


This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 23rd at noon (CET). Be creative and inspired.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Carpe Diem #1027 movement


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month its all about "the power of words". I try to inspire you through quotes by known and unknown people. For today I have (how immodest) a quote by myself. Maybe you can remember our discussion on "movement in haiku". I introduced "undou" (movement) to you as a "new" haiku writing technique and from one of those posts I have extracted the following quote:

[...] "Haiku is the poetry of nature and nature is always in motion. Seasons come and go, the moon changes every 28 days and so on, the only thing which is steady and without clear motion is our sun, that big star of our Milky Way around which the planets are rotating." [...] Chèvrefeuille, your host

Here is an example of what I call an "undou" haiku:

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water


© Basho (1644-1694) (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)


Apple Blossom
And one by myself:

apple blossom falls
scattered by the late spring breeze
apple blossom falls

© Chèvrefeuille
I hope I have inspired you with this quote and I am looking forward to your responses.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 22nd at noon (CET). Have fun!