Dear friends of MLMM,
First I have to apologize for not given you a Heeding Haiku With episode last week, there were personal and private circumstances that needed my attention. So Heeding Haiku With escaped from my attention. My excuses.
Than I love to wish you all a wonderful 2020 full of health, love and inspiration. Because of the start of a new year I have chosen the theme “New Beginnings”. Every year brings new things and maybe this year will do that too, but this week I have chosen this theme, because I love to challenge you to create a classical haiku or haibun themed “new beginnings”. As you maybe know in Japanese haiku history there were five seasons instead of four. That fifth season was “New Year” and it was used (roughly) for the period between December 15th and January 15th.
Let me give you the most important classical rules for haiku:
- 5-7-5 syllables
- use a kigo (seasonword)
- use kireji (cuttingword or interpunction)
- nature as the main inspiration source
- it has to describe a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water
- a deeper (spiritual) meaning
- the first and third line are interchangeable
The kigo you have to “pick” from the New Year’s season.
kisses a rainbow of flowers —
first dream of the year
In this haiku you can count 17 syllables, 5-7-5. It’s a nature scene that just lasts for a moment. “First dream of the year” is a classical kigo for New Year. The interchangeability of line one and three isn’t really possible and a deeper meaning … butterfly means “metamorfosis and is also a sign for a short life.
The Winter Retreat of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) is running towards its end, you can share haiku or tanka at the Retreat until November 15th 10:00 PM (CET), so feel free to visit CDHK and participate.
As you (maybe) know I am also the host of CDHK, but during lack of time I haven’t published haiku or tanka every day for this Winter Retreat. Of course that makes me a little sad, but it’s just that.
The theme of the Winter Retreat 2017 is “Life is Beautiful”, so here is a poem created by me inspired on this them:
a child’s cry
for the first time of its life
spring is here
See you … and have a great Sunday.
This week I have something new for you here at Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku. I love to challenge you to create a haiku or haibun inspired on a poem by John McCrae “In Flanders Fields”. I love to share that poem:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
© John McCrae
A wonderful poem. I have used this poem several times on other websites I sometimes host. The goal is to create a haiku or haibun inspired on this poem. I will give you an example of a haiku I wrote inspired on this poem:
one summer day
poppies coloring the meadows –
raindrops start to fall
And now it is up to you.
Yesterday, October 15th, the Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2017 has started. The ‘retreat’ is a period of 30 days and the challenge is to write Japanese poetry every day. This Winter Retreat 2017 is themed “life is beautiful”.
Here is my 2nd poem for this ‘retreat’:
shimmers in the light of dawn
dewdrops of winter
See you …