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Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … Recently I discovered the beauty of Persian (nowadays Iranian) poetry through an article I read. I wonder if you know how beautiful the poetry is of Persia. Maybe you know Rumi or Hafiz, both are renown Persian poets and every Iranian can recite for example the poems by Hafiz. The Iranian people lives in symbiosis with the poetry of Hafiz and they even use his poems to get answers on questions they have.
This week I love to challenge you to create a haiku inspired (or distilled) from a poem by Hafiz.
The Diamond Takes Shape
Have become so skilled with
The human voice
They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God
And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint’s mouth,
Though my Master used to say,
“The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity’s great force,
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”
Some parrots have become so skilled
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged
© Hafiz (14th century)
(From: The Gift, poetry by Hafiz. Tr. Daniel Ladinsky)
I hope I have inspired you to create your poetry, your haiku. I am looking forward to your responses.
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As you maybe know I am hosting a daily haiku meme on Blogspot. At that weblog the Spring Retreat 2017 is running and I love to share here a haiku for this retreat. The theme of this retreat is “fragile beauty”.
first cherry blossom
fragile, almost porcelain,
breaks in the wind
Just minutes ago I launched a new special feature at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku-meme on blogspot. This new feature is titled “Namasté, the spiritual way” and the goal is to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with a deeper, spiritual, meaning.
As you maybe know a deeper meaning is part of the classical haiku idea, so I think this can be a wonderful way to improve your haiku writing skills. Here is my submissions for this new CDHK special feature “Namasté, the spiritual way”.
the last steps taken
to find universal love –
the sound of rain
Have a great weekend,
For the Carpe Diem Spring Retreat 2017:
dewdrops shimmer for a moment
a new day
maybe you have already read it, but if not I love to invite you to visit my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are walking The Road to Santiago together with Paulo Coelho while reading his novel “The Pilgrimage”, but that’s not all afew days ago I started the Spring Retreat 2017, 30 days of writing haiku, tanka, haiga or tank-art at least one a day themed “fragile beauty”.
dances on the spring breeze
See you ….
The Winter Retreat of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku meme on blogspot, is almost over. You have still five days to participate. The Winter Retreat, 30 days of writing haiku or tanka every day, ends on December 15th 10.00 PM (CET).
For today I have a nice tanka for you in which I think the silence is obvious and strong.
after the hot summer
finally the beauty of Mother Earth
colorful leaves covered
with the first frost
See you …
It has been a while, but I love to publish a new post here for the Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence”:
high up in the mountains
I seek my path to happiness
in silent prayer
See you …