small world

Dear friends and followers,

I am in the nightshift and as I cycled at home this morning I couldn’t see the world around me. The mist was to thick … it inspired me to write the next haiku:

small world
mist crawls over the fields
a rooster’s crow

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah! That summer rain, a choka


Red Honeysuckle (Chèvrefeuille, my penname, means Honeysuckle)

Dear readers,

I recently challenged the members of my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to write a choka, a Japanese long poem. Of course I have given it a try myself. To start this first time choka ever I have used a haiku, which I composed using baransu.

the cooing of pigeons
resonates through the gray streets –
ah! that summer rain
refreshes the dried out earth
filling its scars
the perfume of earth tickles
my nostrils
after the hot summer days
I dance in the rain
naked on the top of the hills
I feel free at last
nature around me comes to life
field flowers bloom
I see their beautiful colors
the perfume of Honeysuckle

ah! that summer rain
the perfume of the moist soil
tickles my senses
I lay down, naked in her arms
surrounded by Honeysuckle

© Chèvrefeuille

I wasn’t easy to compose this choka. I had never done this before, and I don’t know if I succeeded, but I like this choka a lot. Maybe, I have to try choka more often … or will this be my only, once in a life time, choka?

See you, have a nice week.

Post Crush


An awesome example of a choka, a Japanese ‘long poem’

Originally posted on Dancing Echoes:


Nature’s bright stained glass
Gnarled old vines twist and turn
In arthritic pose
Still produce bountiful yield
Deep ruby nectar
Warming blood and libido
Glorious bouquet
Jammy dark fruit, chocolate
Leathery finish
Heady inebriation
Dionysus smiles
With religious ecstasy
Theatre played in grape and vine


Waning golden light
Cool Pacific breezes swirl
Calm post frenzied crush
When Brix was running peak
In all its sublime sweetness

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #56 Choka (or Nagauta), Japanese “long poem”

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Rosetta Stone


A wonderful example of a troiku … well done Dolores.

Originally posted on Ada's Poetry Alcove:

Carpe Diem #788 Rosetta Stone  This prompt inspired me to write an new haiku and then to use Chèvrefeuille new poetry from the Troiku.  You can read more about it on his Carpe Diem site.

800px-Ralph_Albert_Blakelock_-_Moonlight_-_Google_Art_Project_(27466953)Ralph Albert Blackelock


moonlight night
unfolding the mysteries
between us

moonlight night
chorus of tree frogs
blanketing the dark

unfolded mystery
drifting in twilight
passion blossoming

between us
a growing secret
draped in mystery

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autumn fun (troiku)poem

Originally posted on Tournesol dans un Jardin:

At Carpe Diem today we are to write a haiku or tanka from a description our host has given us…here is his story for which I chose to write a troika.

Laughter resonates through the city park. The trees starting to become colorful, leaves decaing slowly and rustle in the wind. I smell the sweet perfume of decay and wet earth. The sun shines brightly sometimes hiding behind darkening clouds. A few meters in front of me my grandchildren are playing in an amount of fallen leaves.
“Look granddad!”
My youngest grandson shows me a chestnut he has found.
“Awesome Sem”, I respond.
I kneel in front of him. The chestnut is almost glowing in the sunlight and as I look closer I can see a faint reflection of my face on the shining skin of it.
“That’s a beauty Sem. Where did you find it?”
He points to the leaves…

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