Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence” WP-06 lonely flower


Dear friends and followers,

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku-meme on blogspot, the Winter Retreat is almost halfway,. Time to publish another nice haiku for  this “challenge” to create haiku or tanka on a daily base for 30 days …

a lonely flower
my companion for one night –
deep silence

© Chèvrefeuille

This above haiku is a re-done version of my first English haiku which I wrote back in 2005. This haiku made me an international known haiku poet and was published in the world wide anthology “Spasms of Light”.

See you …

Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence” (WP – 05)


Dear friends,

As you all know I have created an online family Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, a warmhearted family of haiku- and tanka poets. On one of the weblogs, Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, I initiated a Winter Retreat. A period of 30 days to write a haiku or tanka every day.

Today this is the tanka which I love to submit:

her chest moving
slow breathing in and out
I feel her warmth
at first sunlight embracing her
my wood against her thigh

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice warm and loving silent morning.

See you …


A New Name and Goal for Haiku Shuukan.

A new start of the former Haiku Shuukan WP weblog.

Carpe Diem's Tanka Splendor


Dear Haijin, visitors and trvalers,

It is my pleasure to inform you that our former part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family, Haiku Shuukan, is back in business. I have re-created this part of our CDHK Family to give a place to Tanka. From today on this part of the CDHK Family will be known as Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor after the special CDHK month Tanka Splendor in which I introduced the Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika.

I hope to challenge you here often to create Tanka. I will post the first challenge later on this week as I am out of the nightshift.



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Carpe Diem Haiku Family Shadow Challenge #12 “the shadow-side of life”


Dear friends,

I recently started to post again on one of our other Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family weblogs at WordPress and the first post after a long time on that weblog is a new shadows challenge.
Create a haiku or tanka themed “the shadow-side of life”.

Here I love to share a tanka for this “shadow” challenge:

her birthday
honoring my grandma –
the scent of Fresia
brings back sweet memories
I light a candle in front of her photo

© Chèvrefeuille


See you …


A New “Shadow” Challenge

Carpe Diem Haiku Family back in business

Carpe Diem Haiku Family


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while that I posted here, but … well as you all know (maybe) I am a very busy guy not only on Internet, but also in real life.
I love to create weblogs and e-books and I love to challenge you to create haiku, tanka, haibun, haiga or other Japanese poetry form. Carpe Diem is a very nice and warmhearted family of haiku and tanka poets who are mostly busy creating as inspired on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai this month its all about tanka and recently I started the Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence”, a period of 30 days to write a haiku or tanka every day inspired on the theme.

Here I love to reach out to you all and challenge you to create haiku and tanka based on the “shadow-side” of…

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Carpe Diem Winter Retreat 2016 “find the silence” (4) cry of an eagle


Dear friends,

Here is my “new” submissions for the Winter Retreat of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. 30 Days of writing a haiku or tanka every day. A real challenge, but also a joy …

high in the mountains
seeking for deeper silence
the cry of an eagle

© Chèvrefeuille

This one is from my archives and it was written in the summer of 2015, the prompt than was “alone”, and this is what I said about it than:

“I have chosen to go in a more spiritual meaning of alone for this haiku. I saw myself high in the mountains, escaping the razzle-dazzle of the world, seeking for deeper knowledge and deeper spiritual silence. And than the cry of an eagle, the spirit of deeper knowledge and change, to make that silence even deeper … Just an awesome feeling …”

See you next time …