NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5


#NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 5

What is Nano Poblano?

 It is thirty posts in the month of November for National Blog Posting Month (or as we call it over in Cheer Peppers town – NanoPoblano!)

A quote – giving you food for thought about writing.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 

― Louis L’Amour


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Also Written for – Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 ‘Life is Beautiful’ Day 22

Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017, 30 days of writing haiku and tanka, one a day on a theme.  For this CDHK Retreat Chevrefeuille have chosen the theme “Life is Beautiful”.

choppy flood waters
sweeping away everything
alarming local humans

Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones


Carpe Diem #1282 Sacred Stones

Copy from Chevrefeuilles Blogspot

“sacred stones” (or Ovoo). An ovoo (heap) is a sacred cairn found in Mongolian shamanic religious traditions, usually made from rocks with wood or from wood.

Ovoos are often found at the top of mountains and in high places, like mountain passes. They serve mainly as Tengriism religious sites, used in the worship of the mountains and the sky as well as in Buddhist or Shamanist ceremonies, but often are also landmarks.

In our lives we have all places we have sweet memories at, we have points in our life that are our milestones, our sacred stones, our Ovoo. Isn’t that a nice idea that the Ovoo stands also for the milestones in our life?

sacred stones
built like a memory on the way
high in the mountains

© Chèvrefeuille

deep silence
taking the right path ?
stepping stones

© Chèvrefeuille

My thought’s about life

Sacred Stones to me are the stepping stones in life, each point is a milestone as the years go by, in old age if you can sit back in your armchair and feel contented with what you have achieved over the years, then you can live those golden years in peace.


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is not the key to success
start now take small steps
your rewards will be tenfold
enjoy the climb as you go

This tanka poem is my contribution to life and success, it does work, I’m living, prove.

Carpe Diem #1280 Wheel of Creation


Carpe Diem #1280 Wheel of Creation

Seeking Peace Within

Haiku is not only the poetry of nature, but it is also a way to find that peace. While strolling through nature we become one with nature, become part of nature (as it was once meant to be) and then we experience the beauty of our Earth. We have to cherish her beauty, Earth is the only source to find peace of mind and heart. Isn’t that what we all see as our goal?

cherry blossom
long cold night

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

Continuing our walk down memory lane Chèvrefeuille is reminding us about our search for peace within and reading Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita often referred to as simply the Gita is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.Wikipedia


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achieve inner peace
by practicing forgiveness
letting go the past

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 #1275 nakedness


Carpe Diem #1275 nakedness

Nakedness is maybe somewhat controversial at CDHK, but let Chèvrefeuille gives you his idea about “nakedness”.

We were all born naked, but as we grow up we learned that one cannot go naked through the streets.

Nakedness is private, so if you love to be naked, then you have to that in your own home, maybe your garden, but not on the streets.

In my opinion “nakedness” is part of nature, there are no living creatures, except us humans, that use clothing to cover their nakedness. So if we are part of nature, as we surely do, why not going naked?

Why do we feel ashamed as we walk naked through our own home, not for our loved ones around us, but maybe for those who walk outside your window, they maybe see your nakedness?


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Nakedness Haiku

every human child
born naked has angels wings
to the mothers eyes

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.

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

Reena’s Exploration Challenge – Week 4


Reena’s Exploration Challenge  – Week 4

Whatever You Earnestly wish for is your goal in life.

We grow up with templated goals on education, career, finances, family, retirement and are happy to achieve those. Is this really what seizes us, does not let us sleep in the night? Or is it something else?


The piece you write can be prose, fiction, a form of poetry that you are comfortable with, or any other experimental format that you devise. There is no restriction on the length either, except that the whole piece should appear in one part.


Longing Tanka

sleep comes easy now
retirement came far too soon
the body is tired
but my heart is crazing too
where to go to now its late

McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 17


McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 17

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Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 – Day 17

Was your hometown an economically advantaged or disadvantaged area?

There were no disadvantages in Taranaki, only opportunities, it is up to everyone to make a life for themselves, if they didn’t well that’s their problem.

The main reason for unemployment is that the urban area doesn’t like working the hour’s farmers do.

i.e.: working seven days a week, the hard work in the spring when cows are calving.

In my younger days haymaking was a very hard job stacking all the bales in the hay shed before all the fancy machinery was invented to make the job easier, but these days they make large bales that are wrapped as the baling is done, and stack away with a tractor.


McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 16

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McClendonvilla September 2017 Challenge – Day 16

Back Where I Come From

This challenge is based on Kenny Chesney’s song Back Where I Come From.  There are other home-and hometown-related questions to round out the 30 days of posts.

If you would like to participate in “Back Where I Come From Challenge”, Here is the link. Suzanne Gunter McClendon is the author of this challenge

September 2017 Day 16

Was your hometown a “backward” place or do you feel that it was progressive?

No, it wasn’t backward because of the farming community, all towns in the region are very friendly and helped the farmers progress because that’s where their income came from to keep their business growing, the farming community.

Taranaki progress was good, especially when the Maui gas field was discovered in 1969 also natural gas from the Kapuni gas field, which was discovered in 1959.

Gas and farming made Taranaki very progressive.