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 …

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

Eyes of a frog

frog pond

Dear friends,

It has been a while that I posted here, but today I love to share my response on Universal Jane at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai about Basho’s “old pond”, that famous haiku.

So here are a few frog haiku I wrote during the years, so these aren’t new, but extracted from my archives.

croaking frogs
Basho’s old pond haiku

the sound of water
resonates through my garden
I feel like Basho

against its nature
between stepping stones
eyes of a frog
looking at my grandchildren
playing outside

croaking frogs
scent of the old pond
in the evening

© Chèvrefeuille


And of course I just had to create a new haiku too … so here is a new one:

croaking frogs
in the light of the sunset
raindrops start to fall

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … I see you again soon here at Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku.

Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, March 8th 2017 … Persian poetry to inspire you.

Persian Art

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Dear friends,

Welcome at a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … Recently I discovered the beauty of Persian (nowadays Iranian) poetry through an article I read. I wonder if you know how beautiful the poetry is of Persia. Maybe you know Rumi or Hafiz, both are renown Persian poets and every Iranian can recite for example the poems by Hafiz. The Iranian people lives in symbiosis with the poetry of Hafiz and they even use his poems to get answers on questions they have.

This week I love to challenge you to create a haiku inspired (or distilled) from a poem by Hafiz.


The Diamond Takes Shape

Some parrots
Have become so skilled with
The human voice
They could give a brilliant discourse
About freedom and God

And an unsighted man nearby might
Even begin applauding with
The thought:
I just heard jewels fall from a
Great saint’s mouth,
Though my Master used to say,

“The diamond takes shape slowly
With integrity’s great force,
And from
The profound courage to never relinquish love.”

Some parrots have become so skilled
With words,
The blind turn over their gold
And lives to caged

© Hafiz (14th century)
(From: The Gift, poetry by Hafiz. Tr. Daniel Ladinsky)

I hope I have inspired you to create your poetry, your haiku. I am looking forward to your responses.

Have fun!

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Dear friends,

Just minutes ago I launched a new special feature at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku-meme on blogspot. This new feature is titled “Namasté, the spiritual way” and the goal is to create haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form with a deeper, spiritual, meaning.
As you maybe know a deeper meaning is part of the classical haiku idea, so I think this can be a wonderful way to improve your haiku writing skills. Here is my submissions for this new CDHK special feature “Namasté, the spiritual way”.

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

 © Chèvrefeuille

Have a great weekend,