Golden Hush

A wonderful example of a troiku.

Dark Side of the Moon

autumn-leaves

Autumn leaves astir
Whispering their golden hush
Winter’s on its way

Autumn leaves astir
Laughing in the chilly breeze
Thankful for the sun

Whispering their golden hush
Summer work is done
Soon it’s time to rest

Winter’s on its way
Another leaf turns loose
And floats to the ground

November 1, 2017 ~ Troiku
© 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Motivated by Linda Lee Lyberg after reading her Troiku: Hunter, and following the link she provided to learn more about this fascinating form.

Photo courtesy of Encore Enterprises, 2017.

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Beautiful Life

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Dear friends,

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

© Chèvrefeuille

See you … and have a great Sunday.

In Flanders Field

poppies on the graveyard

Dear friends,

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

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you.

Have fun!

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A wonderful haibun.

STAIN sketches from life & clips of dreams

My home is wherever I am. And where are you? Behind whose eyelids do you sleep? And do you still care in your sleeves a scent of the warm bread shared once, in a past life, perhaps? Are your soles tired of the road, joints painful of chains and your skin cracked of the wind that whips in the back? Does the sky reflect in your eyes while you smile? Home … Go on, it must be here… Somewhere… How do I know? How do you not know?

traces of jets
across the morning sky
Indian summer

Talking heads again…

Linked to Carpe Diem #1283 On Our Way Home

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Carpe Diem’s Winter Retreat 2017 “life is beautiful” (2) dewdrops

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Dear friends,

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’:

hoarfrost
shimmers in the light of dawn
dewdrops of winter

© Chèvrefeuille

See you …

Imagination Without Limits at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Reviving a weblog.

Carpe Diem Haiku Family

Dear friends, haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted here at Carpe Diem Haiku Family, but that’s going to change. I have found a bit more time to write about my passion, haiku (and other Japanese poetry forms), as I do almost 30 years. I discovered haiku in the late eighties and was immediately addicted to that small verse from the Far East, especially from Japan. I started reading several books about haiku and tried to create my first haiku-like poems.

Now so long after starting haiku-ing I am still addicted to this beautiful small poem. Next month we are celebrating the first lustrum of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the daily haiku meme I started in October 2012. In those awesome five years I have created several special features and invented a few new ways of creating haiku. For example the Troiku and the Fibo-ku…

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Raindrops and Rainbows

A very nicely created set of Squared Tan Renga

writing in north norfolk

Squared Tan Renga #1

three raindrops
a greeting card from heaven…
midsummer heat                                       (Issa)

three slowly trickling teardrops
wishing you were here with me

wishes and feathers
falling from the clearest sky
colour of your eyes

blurring with raindrops and tears
start of a summer rainstorm

Squared Tan Renga #2

flying away
following the rainbow
into heaven                                                (Chèvrefeuille)

a cote of doves free to fly
in flurries of white feathers

flying away
a monochrome explosion
of feathers and souls

soaking colour from the sky
following the rainbow

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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My response to Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge weekend-meditation #1 raindrops

In September’s weekend meditations, we are starting with Tan Renga: a short renga created by two poets. The first stanza consists of three lines (hokku) and the second stanza of two lines (ageku), which is inspired by images in the first stanza.

To make…

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