Carpe Diem #1277 Sacred Sanctuary (by Peter Crowley)


Carpe Diem #1277 Sacred Sanctuary (by Peter Crowley)

In a new episode for this month’s celebration. Today we have a nice musical composition by Peter Crowley, his style is somewhat out of the ordinary because he uses a lot of different kinds of music.

Peter Crowley calls this kind of music “epic Asian adventure music” so it has a nice connection with our beautiful Japanese poetry.

Free as the wind

feeling the freedom
flying birds gliding slowly
controlling your mind

Carpe Diem #1276 Tranquil


Carpe Diem #1276 Tranquil

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, trip along memory-lane goes today along one of those special features. It was a feature in which he introduced haiku by renown and unknown haiku poets. That special feature was titled “Sparkling Stars” and the prompt comes from one of the episodes in autumn 2014. (You can find that episode HERE)

The title of this episode is extracted from a haiku by Koyu-Ni,

Koyu-Ni was (as e.g. Chiyo-Ni) a Buddhistic nun (as can be seen at her name “ni” stands for “female monk”.) There aren’t many haiku known by her.

hana chirite shizuka ni narinu hito-gokoro

the blossoms have fallen:
our minds are now

[…] Koyu-Ni died in 1782, her family name was Matsumato. She is one of the more prominent woman poets of the Edo period. She learned haiku from Songi the First. […]

Chevrefeuille translated this haiku:

tranquility –
finally I have found peace,
blossoms have fallen

© Koyu-Ni (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

The feeling of tranquility.

Life and dead are living together just on a thin line of silk, so close to one another, but that’s the circle of life, the beauty of Mother Nature. This is what haiku is … writing about nature and mankind as being part of its beauty.


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My Haiku on Tranquility – below it, two lines for a tanka poem

nature at its best
before the blossoms fall down
clear the mind reset

thats inward tranquility
purest moment of freedom

Carpe Diem Time Glass #1 re-start


Carpe Diem Time Glass #1 re-start

“Time Glass”. The goal is to create haiku or tanka inspired on a theme within 24 hours.

As you all know haiku is an impression of a moment, as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into the water.

That short time can help you to create your haiku (or tanka) based on that single moment.

That theme can be a haiku, a tanka, a waka, an image or just a word  And for the “restart” of this feature, I have chosen a haiku to inspire you.

And here is Chevrefeuille haiku to help find an inspiration:

a little verse
lighted a fire in my heart
addicted to love

My Image for inspiration


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Re-Start Haiku poem

a perfect white rose
gesture of remembrance
joy light and glory

Carpe Diem #1274 Ryuko-ji (compassion)


Carpe Diem #1274 Ryuko-ji (compassion)

Today Carpe Diem have chosen one of the temples on Shikoku Island to inspire you with. This temple is named Ryuko-ji and is devoted to the Buddha of Compassion. One of the main ideas of Buddhism. In that episode (HERE) I also told you a little about the “State of Zen” in haiku and I remember that I told you a little bit more about “wordlessness”.

“Wordlessness” (in  Chèvrefeuille opinion) is one of the pillars of haiku. Look at haiku. Three lines, approximately 17 syllables and around 15 or 20 words. It’s a very short poem, but in that poem, the strength is the scenes that are tools about without words. So “wordlessness” is part of haiku.

at dawn
dew shimmers
morning glories

© Chèvrefeuille (“wordlessness”-haiku)


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My haiku telling a tale with very little words using the image above

autumn in the air
leaves falling

7 words, 10 syllables.

Heeding Haiku With Chevrefeuille – Struggling Haibun


Heeding Haiku With Chevrefeuille, October 11th, 2017

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 Haiku or a Haibun for us from one of the classical haiku masters to work with, the haiku-poet for this week is Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981)

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose

Here is my Haibun  – Struggling

The weather pattern is so mixed these days, it’s hard to tell if its summer or winter. Walking around the garden I see it has the same problems, some days so hot the next week it is freezing.

The sun warms my soul, the nights are chilled, I warm up in my bed but the garden just sits and freeze and growth continues slowly.

bloom lost in season
struggling for survival
against the cold odds

Carpe Diem #1273 Into The Sea – Tan Renga


Carpe Diem #1273 Into The Sea – Tan Renga

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is challenging us to create a Tan Renga from a given haiku by a classical or non-classical haiku poet/ess.

It is a haiku by Jane Reichhold


What is a Tan Renga?

It is a short chained poem written by two poets. It looks very similar with Tanka, but Tanka is written by one poet.

You have to write the second stanza through associating on scenes in the haiku (the starting verse).

As you see in the title of this episode, into the sea, is the “title” of the haiku by Jane Reichhold to work with to create a Tan Renga.

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

And this is the second stanza Chevrefeuille created back in 2013 to make this a Tan Renga:

soft winter breeze cherishes
the last colorful leaves   

© Chèvrefeuille


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Here is my Tan Renga with the given haiku by Jane Reichhold to honor her.

melting into the sea
the full moon
leaves a candle bright

© Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

sounds of gentle waves rest me
leaving my soul peace within

Carpe Diem #1265 perfume


Carpe Diem #1265 perfume

Celebrating Five Years of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Todays Prompt is Perfume

 Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, not only for the colorful trees and bushes but also for the perfume of autumn. I like the smell of decaying leaves, the smell of roasted chestnuts … the warm cider in front of the fireplace. It’s all autumn …

sweet perfume
decaying leaves dance
through the street

© Chèvrefeuille


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Elsie’s Haiku

perfume harvest crop
sweet smell of straw still lingers
weather cooler now