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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wandering Spirit - Masutaa no kaigi (meeting the master)

Masutaa no kaigi (Meeting the master)

Kichirou had made us breakfast and after morning tea he introduced me to Kikaku, one of Basho's apprentices and close friend. Kikaku was a handsome man with a bright smile and an open mind. As I let him read a few of my haiku he was excited.
"These are beautiful Yozakura".
I blushed. "Thank you, but those are just the first haiku I ever created. I just wrote them from my heart, without knowing the rules of writing haiku", I said.
"Kichirou, you have never told me that you have such a gifted, such a talented brother. His haiku are amazing".
"I didn't told you about him Kikaku, because I hadn't met him before yesterday. I knew I had a brother, we have the same father, but I didn't know when I would meet him. We ran into eachother yesterday while we were visiting our mothers graves", Kichirou said.
"Praise the gods", Kikaku laughed. "It's a great day. You my friend have found your brother".

a new day
life starts again
spring has come

© Kikaku

We enjoyed the morning. Kikaku was a nice guy to have around. He told us about his life and how he met Basho, his sensei and friend.
"I love Basho", he said. "But not as in a love relation, but as my friend. I love him for his friendship and his work as a haiku master and renga master. You have to meet him Yozakura and show him your haiku".
"I would love to meet him", I said. "And let him read my haiku. He is the goal of my journey to Edo, but I am afraid that he will be disappointed as he reads my haiku".
Kikaku laughed. "Don't worry about that. He will praise you for the beauty of your haiku Yozakura. Basho once said to me: "Kikaku now you know the rules of writing haiku ... forget them immediately. Look at the pine as it is a pine. Write from the heart and not from the mind or by using my education. Be your own master. You can do it Kikaku". Yes Yozakura that's what he said. So don't worry he will surely praise your haiku".
I was astonished. This ... Basho, that famous haiku master, saw a master in every apprentice of him. In every haiku poet!
"I would love to meet him".
"Later this afternoon I will be back at Kichirou's home and than we will visit him in his "Basho-hut". He will be glad to meet you Yozakura. I even think he will be giving you some points to work with to make your haiku better and more beautiful. I see you later today". With that said Kikaku embraced us and left.

Banana tree (Basho)

"I am so excited my brother. I don't think I can eat or drink. Finally I will meet Basho", I said.

I will see
banana tree in bloom

© Yozakura

After lunch Kichirou and I walked into the city. "Do you think we can visit the spot were dad's grocery once was?" I asked.
"Yes we can visit it".

A while later we stood at the spot were my father once had his grocery. It was now an empty spot were the people of Edo had created a beautiful garden in honor of all those Edo-people who died in the Great Fire. It was really a wonderful garden were all kinds of blossoming trees and bushes were planted. there was a nice pond in which Lotuses floated on the surface and Koi-carps were swimming around. The pond was surrounded by a path of shells and several garden lanterns. It was a wonderful, peaceful, place to be. I enjoyed the beauty and the sound of water falling made the silence stronger and deeper. It was ... like the pure land. I felt the presence of my father's spirit.
"This garden is wonderful", I whispered.
"I know my brother. I am visiting this garden regularly, because it feels like a place in honor of father", Kichirou said. I could hear the tears in his voice and my heart opened up to him. He had loved father and he had the same experiences as I had. The same memories. I kissed him on his forehead.
"I am glad that I have found you".

in the garden
between blossoms
family reunion

© Yozakura

Later that afternoon Kikaku brought me to the master. Kichirou was invited too, but he decided not to come with us.
"It's your wish Yozakura to meet Basho. You came back for him. So I will not spoil your moment with him".
It made me a bit sad, but I understood why Kichirou wouldn't come. He granted me this special moment, because he loved me and he knew how much I wished to meet Basho. I hugged him.
"Thank you my brother. I love you".
A little later Kikaku and I arrived at the "Basho hut". It was really just a hut, but it was surrounded by a garden in which the Basho tree he got from Rika, one of his apprentices, was obvious present. Next to that tree the garden was planted with Cherry trees, Jasmine and Snowball. At the back of the "Basho hut" the Wisteria was in full bloom.
In the garden, under a cherry tree, I saw a small group of people, male and female, sit on the grass. They all listened to a young handsome man who was telling them about the beauty of nature and how to become one with nature.
"That must be him", I thought. "He looks so small, but in a way he is bigger than all others".

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Kikaku coughed to get Basho's attention. Basho looked at him and smiled.
"Kikaku, my friend".
He got on his feet and walked towards us. He embraced Kikaku and gave him a kiss on his forehead.
"It is good to see you Kikaku". Than he saw me.
"And whom is this good looking young man?" He asked.
"This my friend is Yozakura he is a young haiku poet who wanted to meet you".
Basho bowed. "Welcome Yozakura. Welcome in my garden. My name is Basho". He took my hand.
"Come Yozakura let me introduce you to the others gathered here".
The others were already on their feet too as we walked towards them. I saw a nice group of people all with their own characteristics. All happy and smiling.
Basho introduced me to them one by one. Than we sat down together.
"Tell us something about yourself Yozakura", Basho said.
I told them the story of my life and how I had heard about Basho, than known as Tosei. "I was anxious to get to know you Basho. I had heard a lot of stories along the roads about you. You are the reason why I started to write haiku".
"Did you write haiku while on your way?" Ransetsu, one of Basho's apprentices, asked. I nodded.
"Please can you declaim a few of your haiku for us?"
I became nervous and I felt that I blushed.
"Don't be shy Yozakura", Kikaku said. "Your haiku are excellent".
Basho encouraged me too. "Please Yozakura".
I grabbed my rice-paper booklet from my knapsack. "These are just pieces I wrote that look like haiku, but they were written from the heart. As I told you my life wasn't easy and that made my heart cry".
"That, Yozakura, is the only way to write haiku. Right from the heart", Basho said. His disciples agreed.

spearflower berries
tempting the sparrows with their color -
graveyard in the mist

bare branches
a painting against the blue sky
leaves under my feet

moonlight on the river
thousand lanterns float to the horizon
honoring the dead

I looked around and waited. They applauded.
"Wonderfully crafted haiku Yozakura", Basho said. "But that last one can be so much stronger. Allow me to redo it?"
"Yes please", I answered. "I love to learn from you".
Basho took a piece of rice-paper and after a while he calligraphed his interpretation of the haiku I just had declaimed.

on the river
lights float to the horizon
the dead rejoice

© Basho

He gave this haiku to me.
"Thank you", I stammered. "I will keep this close to my heart in memory of today. The day I met you ... my sensei".

to be continued

Carpe Diem #1256 Grains of Sand

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. I can honestly say I had. After a very busy week at work I was glad to have the weekend off. However I was busy too in this weekend, because I am preparing our fifth anniversary next month. I hope that this first CDHK lustrum will be awesome. Of course I will try to make it a very festive month and I think I have succeeded.

This month it's all about Imagination Without Limits and for today's CD Imagination I have a wonderful image for you. I have found this image on Tumblr, but I couldn't retrieve the owner of it. So if you are the owner, or you know who the owner is, please let met know.

A Grain of Sand
like sand grains

© Chèvrefeuille (experimental haiku)

This CD Imagination is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 24th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on. You can find a preview at our CDHK Tumblr.