Sunday, June 5, 2016


Dear friends and followers,

As you maybe know I am the host and owner of the daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are on a "ginko" (a journey) straight through the countries which are part of the European Union.

Today we visit Italy and specifically Tuscany. Tuscany is a wonderful part of Italy with its capital Florence. Tuscany has a lot of beautiful places, but especially the sunflower fields are in my opinion the most wonderful of Tuscany.

one yellow sea
as far as I can see

on the piazza
drinking wine with my love
sunflower field in front

© Chèvrefeuille

Not as strong as I had hoped, but these two haiku give in my opinion a nice feeling of Tuscany. I hope you did like this post.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The sound of the sea

Dear friends and followers,

It has been a while before I could find time to publish here again on my personal weblog. As you maybe know I am a busy guy and I enjoy that very much. Next to this personal weblog I have a daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... a weblog that takes really a lot of my time.

Recently I had a Theme Week about the "Latifa Prayer", maybe you know that wonderful and powerful Sufism prayer, maybe not ...

I wrote several haiku (and a tanka) during this Theme Week which I love to share here too:

lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love
like a river flows onwards
uncertain of its goal
© Chèvrefeuille
Love is about your deepest desires, let your heart speak ... and not your mind.
in deep prayer
eyes closed in devotion -
Lotus starts to bloom

dancing dervishes
reflecting movements
Lotuses dance too
© Chèvrefeuille

And in our last Carpe Diem Kukai "New Life" I also submitted a few haiku:

dark wintertime
searching for new life
snowdrops bloom

beneath the shroud
a pharaoh travels to the stars
everlasting life

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

© Chèvrefeuille
Well I hope you did like this post. Have great weekend.

New E-books published on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Dear friends and followers,

Recently I created three (3) e-books which are published and free for download on my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK). The e-books are all anthologies of the Theme Weeks I have had on CDHK.
I also published the first real edition of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai's own e-zine Souchou at CDHK.

It's a joy to read the e-books and it gives you a great feeling as a haiku poet (and publisher) to hear all the positive responses.

Feel free to visit the Carpe Diem Library too.


Chèvrefeuille (penname of Kristjaan Panneman)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MindLoveMisery's Menagerie Photo-challenge 98 "mate"

“Mate” by Anne Worner CC BY-SA 2.0
Dear friends and followers,

It's really a joy to visit other weblogs. One of the weblogs which I am frequently visiting is MindLoveMisery's Menagerie, a weblog where I am a co-host too, has several challenges. One of them is the photo challenge and that's the item where this post is about.

The above photo by Anne Worner is the source for the inspiration. What do I see? I see a public chessgame somewhere on a square. This woman and her boyfriend (?) are playing a game of chess. As I look at the title of this photo "mate", than it can mean that the game is over, but it can also mean that this woman and the man have just met eachother, or he is her mate or vice versa ... it's a nice scene and it inspired me to write the following haiku:

a game of chess
while a skylark sings it's song -
I lost the game

© Chèvrefeuille

A nice one I think, several of you will know this haiku I think, because I used it earlier at my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
See you next time.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Time is on my side

Dear friends and followers,

Finally I have found a little bit of time to publish here at my personal website. As you maybe know I am a very busy guy, because next to my job as an oncoloy nurse I am host and owner of the daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK). Last year (or was it in 2014?) I published an "essay" based on a quote from Khalil Gibran which I love to share here with you all.

Credits: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

Khalil Gibran, a modern times (end 19th and begin 20th century, must be modern heh) philosopher has written really awesome books. His thoughts were very much different as the ideas of the government in his country Lebanon and so he had to fled to the United States were he became a great man and author in the same league as Shakespeare. It's awesome to read his thoughts and ideas ... I can emphatize with him, because he has in a way the same thoughts and ideas as I have, but ... I cannot really give the right words to it ...

Today I have another wonderful saying of him to share here at my personal weblog ...

[...] "We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?"
Time Is Chaos
"Time is on our side", we say, but that isn't true, because, as I look at myself, I don't have enough time. Several times I had to post a short message on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, because of a delayed post by lack of time. And then we say "Time is on our side". Bull....

What is time? It's the movement of our wonderful planet Earth around the sun. A day has 24 hours, must be enough I thought, but why do I have a shortness of time than? I think I know it ... I just do like to much activities. All my activities are sucking my time. I don't have enough time! I need more time! Why has a day just 24 hours? Because that's the time Earth needs to complete his journey around the sun. Why not 48 hours?

Hm ... that's an issue! As a day would last for 48 hours our lives would be slower, we would be younger. Picture this (sorry I can't help it I love that sentence "picture this", it's from The Golden Girls TV-series, Sophia uses it to tell her stories. I like that TV-show) a day lasts 48 hours. (Do you have that picture?) I am now 52 yrs, as a day would lasts 48 hours, I would be 26 yrs! Awesome! I would be still a young guy and would have time enough.
Would that be true? Of course not as the days lasts 48 hours (a day) than I would still have a shortness of time, because I still like what I do. I would have more time for my patients. I would have more time to compose haiku and share them at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai or here on my personal weblog. I would have a lot of time, but more time brings me more energy, more ideas .... and for sure I would have to little time.
What, in Gods name, is my problem!?

I think I have an idea to become rid of my problem ... I just throw my watch away and let those
countless suns make my day. I have to adapt to nature's time, I don't need to stay awake until 2 o'clock in the night. I just have to go to my bed as the evening falls and get out of bed as the morning rises. Wouldn't that be awesome? Just going with nature and the way of the sun ... That's the time of a haiku-poet. As I stated in another episode at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai haiku-poets are the poets of nature, they are the keepers of nature ... so I have just to listen again to my own words and the words of our classical haiku-poets. We just have have to listen to our ancestors ... Did they have a shortness of time? I don't think so.

A lack of time is an "illness" of modern times ... I am a guy who lives in the modern time, but does that mean that I have to confirm to the fastness and lack of time? I don't think so.
From this moment on ... no time problems anymore. I just go with the flow, just go with the movement of countless suns and with the tides.

changing tides
my restlessness has gone
time is at my side

© Chèvrefeuille

Khalil Gibran has said it in the right way ... we don't need those little machines in our little pockets or around our wrist.

Well ... I hope you did like this post.


Saturday, January 2, 2016


Dear friends and followers,

I hope 2016 will bring you all good fortune, good health, much love and especially a lot of inspiration. I hope to post more often here this year if time is at my side. As you all know I have a daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and that takes a lot of my time.
Recently I launched "Souchou" an e-zine about haiku, tanka and all other Japanese poetry forms. The first "try-out" issue is NOW ONLINE and you can download it for free at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Wish you all a great weekend,



Monday, November 16, 2015

arousing my senses

Dear friends and followers,

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) we are on a journey through the Altai Mountains. Once the silk road ran straight through this region and our guest host at CDHK, Hamish Managua Gunn, has written a wonderful post about this silk road. You really have to read that post (as I may say so). I wasn't inspired enough to write an all new haiku in response of that post, so I dived into my archives and found a few wonderful haiku which I love to share here with you:

arousing my senses
the sweet coolness of silk blankets
shared with my love

silk tree blossoms
in a soothing summer rain
trembling in silence

trembling in silence
silk tree blossoms, so fragile,
in a summer breeze

© Chèvrefeuille
I had never heard from the Silk Tree, but it is really a beautiful tree. See for yourself.
Credits: Silk Tree

I love to share also a haiku composed by one of the four famous haiku poets, Buson, in which this silk tree is mentioned:

amenohiya madakini kurete nemuno hana 
a rainy day
quickly falls the night -
silk tree blossoms

© Yosa Buson

And to conclude this post inspired on the silk road I have two other haiku from my archives:

snow falls softly
the statue of Buddha covered
in white silk

kimono slipping
fingertips discover silk road
ecstatic sigh

© Chèvrefeuille
Well .... see you next time.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

the music of the steppes

Dear friends and followers,

It has been a while that I published here at my personal weblog. As you all (maybe) know I am Always busy with my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This weekend however I have a guest host Hamish Managua Gunn (a.k.a. Pirate), because I needed a weekend off. Hamish published his first post yesterday (November 13th) and told us more about a wonderful musical instrument, the Kobyz, a violin-like instrument with two strings and played with a 'fiddlestick'. It's a wonderful instrument, but maybe you ask your self ... what is a kobyz and where those it come from?

It's a musical instrument from Central Asia especially the region of the Altai Mountains. This month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai we are on a journey through this beautiful region following the path of the shamans. For the shaman the kobyz was a sacred musical instrument and according to legends it had the power to banish evil spirits. Listen to the following piece of music, this is how the kobyz sounds:

As I read the post by Hamish I really was in awe ... I had never heard from the kobyz, but as I listened to several videos in which the kobyz is been played I was "sold" to this wonderful musical instrument. I used it to meditate and contemplate about "how to write a haiku inspired on the kobyz, as I listened to the music I felt wonderful and relaxed and inspired I wrote the following haiku:

sound of the earth
an eagle points the path of the shaman
finally free

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this post. By the way if you have time you have to tune in on You Tube and listen to the music of Kazachstan .... really awesome.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Ah! That summer rain. (A choka)

Red Honeysuckle

Ah! That summer rain, a choka

Dear friends,

I recently challenged the members of my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai to write a choka, a Japanese long poem. Of course I have given it a try myself. To start this first time choka ever I have used a haiku, which I composed using baransu.

the cooing of pigeons
resonates through the gray streets –
ah! that summer rain
refreshes the dried out earth
filling its scars
the perfume of earth tickles
my nostrils
after the hot summer days
I dance in the rain
naked on the top of the hills
I feel free at last
nature around me comes to life
field flowers bloom
I see their beautiful colors
the perfume of Honeysuckle

ah! that summer rain
the perfume of the moist soil
tickles my senses
I lay down, naked in her arms
surrounded by Honeysuckle

© Chèvrefeuille

I wasn’t easy to compose this choka. I had never done this before, and I don’t know if I succeeded, but I like this choka a lot. Maybe, I have to try choka more often … or will this be my only, once in a life time, choka?

See you, have a nice week.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Honeysuckle coolness, a tanka

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
honeysuckle coolness

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... what do you think of this first attempt?

Other link for an episode of "Ask Jane" about Tanka