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.

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Carpe Diem Autumn Retreat 2017 (10) raindrops

Dear friends,

What a beautiful day we had here in The Netherlands, a was warm and moist and it felt awesome, but I was sweating as … Than tonight it started to rain, the warmth left and the earth came alive again … ah that perfume of wet earth … I like that. It inspired me to create the following haiku:

the warmth gone
wet earth

© Chèvrefeuille

See you …

Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017 “departure” (1) willow leaves


Dear friends,

Yesterday (july 15th) the Autumn Retreat 2017 has started. As you all know I am hosting Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, a daily meme, and I try to create four times a year a “retreat” and now it’s time for the autumn retreat 2017. This time the theme is “departure”, a theme that fits the autumn retreat like a glove.

Here is my first offering for this autumn retreat, two tanka themed departure:

autumn departs
in deep silence willow leaves fall –
tears on this grave
as the willow is green again
another year has gone

© Chèvrefeuille

deep dark forest
seeking for nature’s mysteries –
a new day rises
after a hot and steamy night
she departs … without a kiss

© Chèvrefeuille

willow in autumn

Well … I hope you did like the read …. see you tomorrow.


Hiyazake (cold saké)


Hiyazake (cold saké)


Dear friends,

It has been a while, but I am trying to revive not only my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but also my personal weblogs. At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai we are exploring classical and non-classical kigo (seasonwords) for summer and today that kigo (a classical one) is Hiyazake (or cold saké) and this is my response on that kigo:

drinking cold sake
on the porch of a mountain hut –
the almost full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

In this haiku I also have tried to use the so called “fragment and phrase” technique, maybe you have heard of it.

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

LOGO summer retreat 2017

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

LOGO summer retreat 2017

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)

LOGO summer retreat 2017

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

LOGO summer retreat 2017

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 …