Friday, April 20, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #29 Use That Quote ...

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday April 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by and it was a marvelous week, because the weather was awesome, almost temperatures of Summer in The Netherlands ... and I had a week off ... so I had a wonderful week. Today however wasn't a great day. My mother again had to go the hospital and is now in the hospital. She had cardiac problems, but the biggest problem today was her glucose, she is diabetic, and her sugars are extremely disturbed. So this day was a day to ... forget, but of course I cannot forget this day, because I became 55 yrs. Yes it's my birthday today.

As you all know I am writing haiku since the late eighties and I see Matsuo Basho as my sensei therefore I have chosen a quote by Basho for you to become inspired through.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)
At the time of his death, in 1694, Basho had more than seventy disciples, and about two thousand associates who had accepted and aligned themselves with his teachings. On the one-hundredth anniversary of his death the Shinto religious headquarters honored him by canonizing him as a deity. Thirteen years later the imperial court gave him similar status. He alone is known as a haisei, the saint of haiku. Today he is a recognized genius. (Source: Basho, The Complete Haiku by Jane Reichhold)

Basho is the saint of haiku and he was declared holy by the Shinto religion and was given the name Haisei Basho.

Here at CDHK I have often written about the beauty of his poetry. We read his "Oku-no-Hosomichi" (The Small Road Into the Deep North) and learned his haiku writing techniques. He really is a saint in my opinion and it makes me proud that I can and may say that he is my sensei, my master, my teacher.

Cherry Blossoms around Lake Biwa
For this weekend meditation I have chosen a not so renown quote by Basho, but I think this quote will inspire you ...

Here is the quote to work with:

[...] "There is nothing you can see that is not a Bashoflower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon."[...]  Matsuo Basho

In this quote I read the "greatness" of Basho. His look at nature ... the simple words he used to give an image to his thoughts.

entwined by bare branches
the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

While I was preparing this episode sad news arrived ... one of the best and renown dj's of the world, Avicii, has died ... he was 28 years young.

I love to share a music video to give tribute to him.

I hope you did enjoy the read and the music by Avici.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday April 22nd at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remian open until April 29th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, conquest, later on. For now ... have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Carpe Diem #1415 Perfume of Spring (one-bun)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This month it's all about haibun (prose and poetry). We have already seen a few different kinds of haibun here at CDHK and today I love to challenge you to create a "one-bun" inspired on our prompt "perfume of spring".

More about "one-bun" you can find in our promptlist for April 2018 (above in the menu).

During circumstances I have chosen to only give you the prompt and the task for today.

perfume of spring
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until April 26th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend-meditation later on. For now ... have fun!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Carpe Diem #1414 Nakedness (kikobun)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We are all born naked, but through the Fall of Mankind we became aware of our nudity and started to make clothing to cover our nakedness. Why? It's how we are raised and of course there will be several of you that have been raised in an other way. I had the privilege that my parents were wonderful. They first raised me with religion and the love (and respect) for God, or how you will call it. As I grew up and found my own ways, my own paths, they always were there to help me. They respected my choices and applauded my free reason, my free thought, and that has made me who I am now. I appreciate all humans, female and male, I can say that from the depth of my heart ... I love all and everthing ...

Why this introduction? I don't know, maybe I thought it had to be told, but maybe it was something or someone that guided me I don't know.

Today our theme is Nakedness as you already have understood I think. Imagine ... how would the world look as Eve hadn't taken the apple? Than we hadn't know that we are naked, than we would have no need for clothes or clothing. So ... here it goes your task for today is to create a kikobun inspired on our prompt nakedness.

Here you can find the story of Eve.

I remember that I have done this theme earlier here at CDHK and I once shared a haiga in which you can find "nakedness" in an other way than I described above.

Well ... I think you all love to start writing so I will end this episode. Enjoy this theme. By the way above in the menu you can find our "prompt-list" for this month on that page you also can find an explanation of the kikobun.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 25th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, perfume of spring, later on. Have fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Carpe Diem #1413 Loneliness (Haibun in the classical way)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to wander along the beach, only the sound of waves and seagulls, all alone. I love to sit down in the backyard on my own, only nature and my own thoughts and feelings. I love being alone sometimes. I think I need that ... I have a busy life, my family, my work as an oncology-nurse, being your host and being myself, the haiku poet Chèvrefeuille. Loneliness is something you can choose for, but mostly loneliness is not something that we choose. There are enough humans that are alone, who live their life in loneliness but didn't choose for it. Loneliness ... our theme for today. I think we have had this theme earlier here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:

Here are a few links to earlier posts:

Carpe Diem #405
Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #17
Carpe Diem #886
Carpe Diem Namaste, The Spiritual Way #6

Loneliness ... what does it mean for you. Do you choose loneliness sometimes, to find new inspiration and new energy? Loneliness ... a strong emotion with a strong task today, because I love to challenge you to create a classical haibun. In other words, the haiku (or tanka) have to be written in the classical way. (More about this classical way of haiku-ing you can find above in Carpe Diem Lecture 1) Your haibun may have a maximum of 300 words.

Here is a (non-classical) haiku from my archives about "loneliness":

in front of the fireplace
an empty bottle and broken wine glasses 
after the quarrel

© Chėvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 24th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, nakedness, later on. For now ... have fun!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Carpe Diem #1412 Daisies (extreme haibun)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai. This mnth it's all about haibun and this month got the subtitle "go and tell your story". And you really did and (i hope) will do this. You have told your stories ... you are all wonderful storytellers and that makes me proud, but also humble, because I am not that good with haibun.

Today I have a new task for you all. The prompt for today is "daisies" and you are invited to create an extreme haibun or in other words "your haibun may have a maximum of 55 words including the haiku (or in this task ... tanka).

thousand daisies
around the farmer's house -
lowing of a cow

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice haiku I would say extracted from my archives, maybe it will help you a little bit to become inspired.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until April 23rd at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode, loneliness, later on. For now ... have fun!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Carpe Diem's Crossroads #6 A Leafless Tree (Soseki Natsume)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our special feature "crossroads" in which I challenge you to create a "fusion" haiku from two haiku given. I love this feature, and I think you all do love it, because I have read wonderful "fusion"-haiku in the episodes before this one.

This week I love to challenge you to create a "fusion" haiku from two haiku written by Soseki Natsume, a haiku poet we have seen here at CDHK in one of our "theme-weeks" back in 2016. Let me first tell you a little bit more about him.

Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), born Natsume Kinnosuke, was a Japanese novelist of the Meiji period (1868–1912). He is best known for his novels Kokoro, Botchan, I Am a Cat and his unfinished work Light and Darkness. He was also a scholar of British literature and composer of haiku, kanshi, and fairy tales. In Japan, he is often considered the greatest writer in modern Japanese history. He has had a profound effect on almost all important Japanese writers since.

Soseki Natsume

Born as Natsume Kinnosuke in the town of Babashita in the Edo region of Ushigome (present Kikui, Shinjuku), Sōseki began his life as an unwanted child, born to his mother late in her life, forty years old and his father then fifty-three. When he was born, he already had five siblings. Having five children and a toddler had created family insecurity and was in some ways a disgrace to the Natsume family. In 1868, a childless couple, Shiobara Masanosuke and his wife, adopted him until the age of nine, when the couple divorced. He returned to his family and was welcomed by his mother although regarded as a nuisance by his father. His mother died when he was fourteen, and his two eldest brothers died in 1887, intensifying his sense of insecurity.

In 1887, Sōseki met Masaoka Shiki, a friend who would give him encouragement on the path to becoming a writer, which would ultimately be his career. Shiki tutored him in the art of composing haiku. From this point on, he began signing his poems with the name Sōseki, which is a Chinese idiom meaning "stubborn". In 1890, he entered the English Literature department, and quickly mastered the English language. In 1891 he produced a translation into English of the classical work Hōjōki. Sōseki graduated in 1893, and enrolled for some time as a graduate student and part-time teacher at the Tokyo Normal School.

Basho once said: "Go to the pine-tree and learn from it".

I love his work and I remember that in that "theme week" I mentioned I told you about two haiku by him that gave me the idea that he was familiar with the work of Basho. Those two haiku I love to give you here for our "crossroads" episode.

the crow has flown away:
swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.

over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

© Soseki Natsume

Two wonderful haiku that show that Soseki was familiar with Basho's haiku, because you can easily "see" two renown haiku by Basho in this set by Soseki Natsume.

a leafless tree
sways in the autumn wind
no sound is heard

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... what do you think of this "fusion" - haiku? I like this one (how immodest) but has it brought in the idea of fusing the two haiku by Soseki?

This episode of "crossroads" is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 23rd at noon (CEST). Have fun!

Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018 "The Light Of The World"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the new Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018. The CDHK Retreats are a period of 30 days in which you have to write a haiku or tanka every day on a chosen theme. This Spring Retreat 2018 I have chosen the the "The Light Of The World". This theme sounds religious or spiritual, but I think it's more than that. "The Light Of The World" can also be nature, art-work, happiness and more. So it's not only a religious theme ...

As we look at the true meaning of "The Light Of The World" than we all will say something like "the light of the world is Jesus Christ", but ... of course that's not the only meaning ... think out of the box and try to create haiku or tanka themed "the light of the world" from the heart and not from the mind.

Daffodils, the light of the world (painting by Debra Argosy)
Daffodils, the first sign of spring ... those wonderful yellow flowers are in my opinion also "the light of the world". I think "the light of the world" is a broad source of inspiration and I am looking forward to all of your responses. Enjoy the Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018.

Natural light of the world
first sunlight
cherishes her naked body
her sweet perfume

© Chèvrefeuille

The Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2018 "The Light Of The World" is open for your submissions tonight at 10:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until May 15th 10:00 PM (CEST). Share your haiku and tanka inspired on the theme every day, 30 days period, with us all.