Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional) love (7) shepherd’s purse

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Dear friends,

I am so glad to bring you another one of my submissions to the 2017 Summer Retreat of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku-meme. This year’s Summer Retreat the theme is (unconditional) love and that’s a very broad range for inspiration.

As haiku poets we are one with nature. Haiku is about that one moment of joy as short as the sound of a pebble thrown in water. Without love for nature (I think) you cannot be a real haiku poet. So today I love to share a haiku with you which I once wrote inspired on a haiku by Basho (1644-1694). I think this haiku is also as renown as his “old pond” haiku. So here it goes:

This the haiku by Basho (in a translation by Barnhill):

yoku mireba nazuna hana saku kakine kana

looking closely:
a shepherd’s purse blossoming
beneath the hedge

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Barnhill)

And this is the haiku I once created inspired on this real beauty by Basho:

shepherd’s purse
trembles in the summer breeze –
bees seek for honey

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice one I think (how immodest) and in it you can find (unconditional) love too I think. We have to love nature even a little herb like Shepherd’s purse. It is worth to look at it and appreciate it. It’s part of nature.

And of course in a way “bees seek for honey” is very clear about (unconditional) love, so I think this haiku fits our Summer Retreat theme.

See you …

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional) love (5), her lovely face

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Dear friends,

Here is my submission for the Summer Retreat of Carpe Diem. Today I love to share a “senryu” and a tanka with you in the theme (unconditional) love. I am married with kids and I love my wife and children (and grandchildren) dearly, so they are sometimes part of my haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form, so here I go:

her lovely face
smiling at me in the mirror
‘love you forever’

through the broken window
I can see the Harvest Moon –
a love song for my wife
white Chrysanthemums and red roses
Singing Moon

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … see you next day!

Carpe Diem’s Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional) love (3), breathtaking (a rengay)

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Dear friends,

It’s awesome to see (and read) so many beautiful haiku and tanka inspired on the theme of this year’s Carpe Diem Summer Retreat that I am just feeling proud and humble that I can and may host this Summer Retreat.

Here is my third submission for this Summer Retreat. This time I have chosen a rengay (a haiku form invented by Gary Gay) from my archives:

The starting verse (hokku) is by Basho in a translation by myself.

sprouting green leaves
in the sunlight

sunbeams in the mirror
her smile even brighter

in the mirror
a man in the autumn of his life
his hair turned gray

gray misty morning
cows legs in the meadow
crowing of a cock

colorful field of flowers
finally exposed to the sun

colors sparkling in dewdrops
just one heartbeat

© Chèvrefeuille

In this rengay I think you can find also (unconditional) love as is the theme for this year’s Summer Retreat.

See you next time ….

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 (unconditional) love (2), the last steps taken

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Dear friends,

The Summer Retreat of Carpe Diem has started. 30 Days of creating haiku or tanka themed (unconditional) love and today, Easter, I love to share another wonderful haiku here with you with this theme.

the last steps taken
to find universal love –
the sound of rain

affectionate love
shared between two similar hearts
in full moonlight
they finally could kiss each other
She … the moon … their only friend


watching a geisha
monk from high up in the mountains
he’s also a man

happiness shared
as we walk through the steppes
and the Altai Mountains
unconditional love
as we walk our path together

© Chèvrefeuille

See you tomorrow … have a nice day full of love, unconditional love …

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2017 unconditional love (1) she is lovely

LOGO summer retreat 2017

Dear friends,

As you maybe know I am hosting Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK), a daily haiku meme, on blogspot. At CDHK I organize four (4) so called “retreats” a year, for every season one “retreat”. The Summer Retreat 2017 has started today and this year it is themed “(unconditional) love”.

The “retreat” is a period of 30 days in which the goal is to create a haiku or tanka every day using the theme of the “retreat”.


footprints in the sand

Here is my first entree for this Summer Retreat 2017:

love naturally
Mother Earth’s wonderful face
blooming in Spring

she is lovely
the first full moon of Summer
the sound of the sea

© Chèvrefeuille

See you next time