Monday, July 27, 2015
Dear friends and followers,
It's a new dawn ... I, Chèvrefeuille, will start to compose tanka. Tanka is another nice Japanese poetry form. It looks like waka, 5-7-5-7-7 and maybe you recognize it as part of renga or as a Tan Renga.
Recently we had an 'ask Jane' episode at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku meme, about the beauty of tanka. Jane even has said that I could be a tanka poet. I am not a tanka poet, but I do like tanka. So I have decided to pick up the challenge to become a tanka poet next to being a haiku poet and ... seriously I love to try tanka.
Tanka is known as 'love-poetry', because tanka was used, like waka, as the way to give the deepest feelings of love, mostly hidden in the words and lines, to your loved one ...
Here is my first attempt ever to write tanka, as a love poem ...:
Lilies of the valley
their sweet perfume makes me drowsy
hot summer night
between silken sheets her warmth
Well ... what do you think of this first attempt?
Other link for an episode of "Ask Jane" about Tanka
Friday, July 17, 2015
I have done this earlier on my personal weblog and this photo-challenge on MindLoveMisery's Menagerie caught my eye as I was visiting MLMM. This photo is by "5 letters" and is titled falltuer
The goal of this photo-challenge is to write a short story or a poem inspired on the photo.
Let me first take a closer look at the photo. What do I see? It's evening. I see a Ferries Wheel and at the bare branches hang paper lanterns. As I see the bare branches I think it's autumn, but it also could be winter or early spring. So it will not be easy to write a haiku ...
Here is my attempt to write a haiku towards this photo and I think it fits the photo ...
at the fairground
music resonates through the night
Good day dear friends and followers,
It's a while ago that posted here on my personal weblog, because of lack of time ... Today I love to share a haiku based on the "Midsummer Feeling" prompt "Gingyo or Goldfish" as is the prompt for today at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
It's not a very easy prompt I think, so I will try to write an all new haiku with (hopefully) goldfish in it or else Koi or Carp ... I just have to give it a try.
next to the pond
cherry tree in bloom -
a carp jumps
This haiku is part of a haibun which I wrote several years ago. That haibun was based on Basho's famous haibun "The Narrow Road Into the Deep North" and was written in Dutch. I have tried to translate it, but that takes to much time, so maybe ... later I will translate it.
Well ... I hope you did like the read.
If you like to write and share haiku than feel free to visit my daily haiku-meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and participate.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
|Santoka Taneda (1882-1940)|
This is supposed my weekend off from my duties as a host at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK), but ... a weekend without haiku isn't possible ... and while Jen of Blog It Or Lose It is being the host for CDHK this weekend I just had to respond on our Carpe Diem Special of today.
As you maybe know every month we have a featured haiku-poet at CDHK and this month that's Santoka Taneda. Taneda had a very special way of composing his haiku and I love to try that way too. His style than is now known as 'free-style' haiku and that means ... no classical rules even no kigo (seasonword) or the 5-7-5 syllables structure.
In today's Carpe Diem Special the following haiku by Santoka Taneda is our source of inspiration:
shigurete sono ji ga yomenai michishirube
I can’t read the letters
on the signpost
A wonderful haiku I think and a "real" Taneda as you can see ... no 5-7-5, no kigo, no kireji ... And now it's my task to write/compose a haiku in the same sense, tone and spirit as the one by Taneda. So here is my attempt to write a "free-style" haiku like Santoka Taneda.
|Credits: muddy path|
See you later ....
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Dear friends and visitors,
As you all know I am hosting a monthly haiku-meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and maybe you also know that I have created a special feature in which I re-play prompts from the rich history and archives of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. That special feature is called "Time Machine". Today we have our 6th episode of this special feature and this time it has been created by Jen of Blog It Or Lose It. Today's "Time Machine" is about "skylark", a bird that sings gorgeous and the skylark has inspired me several times ... and it did this again ...
Here is my response on this "Time Machine" re-play prompt:
rustling of bamboo
the cool summer breeze -
a skylark's song
A wonderful haiku I think ... and here is a music-video with the song of the skylark.
See you another time .... have a great weekend!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
As you all know I have a daily haiku-meme at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. It's really my joy to host that daily meme and I do like to publish so now and than here in response on the prompts at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK).
This month at CDHK is all about haiga, picture and haiku, and today the prompt is "raindrops" and I love to share a haiga here with this prompt as theme. (Of course I will link it to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, but that's possible tonight at 7.00 PM (CET)
|raindrops on bamboo|
shimmering in the sunlight
Have nice weekend,
Friday, March 6, 2015
|Photo © Keiko McCartney|
This is a wonderful image to become inspired ... what is my inspiration distilled from this photo/image? I see the Twister, healthy and strong. I see the guy in front watching it ... he seems not to be afraid for what is coming. The river in front is still calm with just a few wrinkles. The sky so dark that there will not be any sound of birds or other animals ... I asked myself "how can I catch the essence of this image?"
Here is my try to write an impression, a haiku ... :
through the river
twister takes the fastest path -
birds remain silent
I hope I did catch the essence of this image, the strongness of the twister against the fragility and silence of the birds ....
What do you think?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
|The Mulberry Tree - Vincent Van Gogh|
This is the new photo-challenge at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie and I feel proud that I will be one of their hosts on Fridays. I will host the Fairy-Tale prompt. Next Friday will be my debute at MLMM. I am a bit nervous, but I am also excited to start ... well we will see ...
Ok ... back to this Photo Challenge and to the painting of Vincent Van Gogh. Let me first tell you all a little bit more about the background of this painting.
I once stated that (at one of my other weblogs) that haiku is an impression of a moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. And in a way haiku and impressionism are connected ... so I have to come up with a wonderful impression based on this painting.
faint autumn colors
leaves rustle in the afternoon breeze
screams from the asylum
Well ... see you next time ...
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Steam by Nicolas Muray|
Another wonderful inspirational photo at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie. A challenge to write a short poem towards a photo. This week the above photo, by Nicolas Muray, is the source of inspiration. And what a beautiful photo it is.
It looks like old-time pornography ... those colors, the almost nude female in a kind of still pose as if she is frozen in her dance. The shadow of her nude body strong and making her more in balance. Why is the title "steam" ... I really don't know ... I think it's pointing towards the warmth, the ebullience this almost pornographic photo gives it's viewers ... I don't know ... How to write a short poem towards it ... or better ... how to write a haiku towards this photo without losing it's sphere ...
she dances in the shadow
arousing the senses of her viewers -
dark alley theater
Hm ... not a great haiku, but in a way in touches the essence of the photo ... I don't know ... what do you think?
See you another time,
Saturday, December 6, 2014
|Credits: Yoshiyuki Iwase|
Another wonderful photo-challenge at mindlovemisery's menagerie a nice weblog with several challenges hosted by poetry loving people. This weekly photo challenge is hosted by Bastet. She is a great haiku-poet who is part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family, which I am hosting.
This photo will not be an easy one to write a haiku about, but I have to try it of course.
What do I see? I see the ocean with several rocks or cliffs in it. On one of the rocks I see a nude female. Why is she sitting there on that rock. Will she commit suicide? She looks sad, because of the pose in which she sits. Is she awaiting someone? Is her boyfriend or husband a sailor? What is she doing, feeling, hoping ...
awaiting her lover
who lost his life at sea -
heaven awaits her
Well ... see you next time.