Monday, October 30, 2017

Haiku Shuukan #2 ('17) sunrise

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our weekly haiku meme Haiku Shuukan. I have chosen for a 'simple' prompt this week. Sunrise ... every day again the sun rises to his (sun is male) throne ... in his chariot he travels along the sky every day from East to West ... We take this for granted, because it is creation.
In several cultures, for example in Japanese Shinto tradition, the sun is the only God or as in the ancient Mayan culture. The sun is important for us all. He is de center of our galaxy ... he gives nature strenght and energy. Without him we would live in complete darkness ... without him we wouldn't exist. We need the sun ... so every day as he again starts his journey along the sky ... we are granted new life.

at sunrise
dew sparkles
in praise

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it's up to you now ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Monday November 6th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haiku Shuukan 1 ('17) restart

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a very long time that I published here at Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan, the weekly meme of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family. I love to restart this weekly meme today, which means Friday October 20th 2017. So from today on I will create a new episode every Friday, starting today with the prompt restart.

Not so long ago I became the chairman of a special advisory body for the managment of the hospital were I am working. This advisory body is purely for the improvement of the possibilities for nurses and the patients. As the chairman I wrote a newsletter for my colleagues with that same title "restart", because this advisory body was almost gone.

Okay back to this week's prompt restart. Restart ... is very clear in its meaning I would say and I think it needs no explanation. In nature there is always a moment to restart ... and that's after the dark part of the year, autumn and winter, spring is that restart nature comes to life again ... and for a lot of people (including myself) it's always a joy to see this rebirth.

alive again
nature celebrates the light
daffodils bloom

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... maybe I ask to much of myself or of you my dear haijin, visitors and travelers, but I think this is possible to do. Once in a week a new challenging prompt here at Carpe Diem Haiku Shuukan. Be part of this new journey.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until Friday October 27th at 7:00 PM (CET). Have fun!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Haiku Shuukan Extra February 2016

This weblog will be temporarily closed because of lack of time. I hope to re-open this weblog later this year.

My excuses

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Haiku Shuukan #37 Time

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time I hadn't the opportunity to post another episode of our weekly Haiku Shuukan. And time isn't at my side. I have to much to do. I am an oncology nurse and of course the owner and host of the daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the base of the most weblogs I have created. Haiku Shuukan is part of what I love to call the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family and here I try to inspire you through weekly posts.

This week I have a nice quote by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) for your inspiration. Khalil Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern-day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran(Rahmeh). As a young man Khalil emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.

He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.

Kahlil Gibran

He has written a lot of novels full of philosophical texts and the quote I love to challenge you with is from "Sand and Foam" (1926), it's not so well known as his "The Prophet", but has a lot of wonderful words.

Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?" [...]
And this is what I came up with:

seasons come and go
every year again, without changes,
the circle of life

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 20th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #36 the cry of an eagle

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while, but I finally have found time to bring Haiku Shuukan alive again. Haiku Shuukan is a weekly haiku meme with it's base in the Carpe Diem Haiku Family. I will try to bring every tuesday an all new episode here at Haiku Shuukan and this week I have chosen to use a haiku which I wrote myself to inspire you.

This haiku I published at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) as the closure of a story about a young shaman who lives in the Altai Mountains. Maybe you have visited CDHK recently than you have seen that last month (November 2015) all our prompts were based on shamnism, tengrism and the Altai Mountains. Feel free to visit CDHK.

whispering leaves
telling all wisdom of the steppes -
cry of an eagle

© Chèvrefeuille
This episode of Haiku Shuukan is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Tuesday December 8th at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Shuukan. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #35 Cherry Blossoms

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week's Haiku Shuukan episode I love to challenge you to write an all new haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired by an image.
For those who know Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK), this challenge is comparible with the special CDHK feature: CD-Imagination.

Here is the image to inspire you:

Credits: Cherry Blossoms
At CDHK this week we will visit a Hanami or "cherry blossom viewing" as part of our festivities around the third anniversary of CDHK.

through morning mist
cherry blossoms look mysterious -
ah! that perfume

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 11th 7.00 PM (CET). Have fun!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #34 survival

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My excuses for not posting last Sunday September 13th, maybe that's also a choice to survive. As you all know I am hosting a daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai which gobbles a lot of my time. So to give this revival of Haiku Shuukan a chance to survive I have decided to make this a two weekly "poetry" meme.

Our prompt for this week is survival and that can mean a lot, but in present time I think this is the most important rule in our world. Look at the refugees from all over the world were the heat is on, for example: the Southern-East European and Asian countries ... they all will survive ...

As I was preparing this episode I thought of "I Will Survive"

Well ... I hope this episode will inspire you to write haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 3rd at noon (CET).