Sunday, March 22, 2015

Soaking Wet

Santoka Taneda (1882-1940)
Good day my friends and followers,

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

soaking wet
I can’t read the letters
on the signpost
© Santoka Taneda

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
I think this has become a nice haiga and the haiku I composed is very much in tune with the "free-style" of Santoka Taneda. And as you can see I haven't used a kigo, kireji or 5-7-5 syllables.

See you later ....

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rustling of Bamboo

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

© Chèvrefeuille

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

Raindrops, a haiga

Dear friends and followers,

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
little diamonds

© Chèvrefeuille
A wonderful haiga, as I may say that (a little immodest) but the picture screamed to be used as a haiga and so this is what I came up with.

Have nice weekend,



Friday, March 6, 2015

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Photo Challenge 50 "Twister"

Photo © Keiko McCartney
Another photo challenge by MindLoveMisery's Menagerie ... I just had to be part of it ...

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

© Chèvrefeuille

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

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Photo Challenge 48 The Mulberry Tree by Vincent Van Gogh

The Mulberry Tree - Vincent Van Gogh
What a joy to see this wonderful painting by a fellow dutchman Vincent Van Gogh and what a joy to see that it's here at the right time, because at my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai we have all prompts this month about impressionism and as you maybe know ... Van Gogh was an impressionist ...

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.
Van Gogh painted The Mulberry Tree in October of 1889 less than a year before he would die. Like most of his art, it was done during a period of highs and lows painted during a time of great self-awareness and yet surrounded by chaos.In a letter which Vincent wrote to his brother, when he was painting The Mulberry Tree, he says: “I’ll tell you that we’re having some superb autumn days, and that I’m taking advantage of them.”
The Mulberry Tree shows a tree from the garden of the asylum. It is centered on the canvas and is growing alone from a rocky hillside. The ground is made up of short quick brushstrokes of white and pale browns. It creates a strong contrast to the dark green and brown of the tree trunk. To the right, you see more greens, indicating trees and growth in the distance. The leaves of the tree make up the majority of the painting, orange against the complementary color of the blue sky. It is that “superb autumn” that gave Vincent the bright orange leaves to paint. The ground and sky are made up of mostly straight diagonal brushstrokes, while the tree leaves are made up of curling spirals of orange and black, sometimes done with the handle of his brush.

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

(c) Chèvrefeuille

Well ... see you next time ...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie Photo Challenge 38, Steam

Steam by Nicolas Muray
Dear friends and followers,

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

© Chèvrefeuille

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

Beauty on the Rocks

Credits: Yoshiyuki Iwase
Dear friends and followers,

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

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... see you next time.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flowers in the snow

Dear friends,

Just a few minutes ago I visited Mindlovemisery's Menagerie to see if there was a nice Photo-Challenge. I was really surprised to see that there was a new Photo Challenge titled "flowers in the snow" and I just had to do this one.
A gorgeous photo of a beautiful rose in the snow ... it triggered me immediately and brought another haiku, which I once wrote, about Tulips in the snow, in mind.

I am confused
winter has departed
snow in april

snow in april
without hesitation flowers bloom
colors between white

colors between white 
such a strange ambiguity
for Mother Earth

for Mother Earth
no doubts at all today
I am confused

© Chèvrefeuille

Tulips in the snow
I just had to share this cascading haiku on Tulips in the snow. Several years ago it was early spring here in The Netherlands and nature was already starting to come alive again. Than suddenly, somewhere around Easter, it started to snow again, it was April than ... the Tulips in my garden were covered with snow ... such a strange sight ... Mother Earth for sure was confused, no doubt about it.

Well ... I hope you did like this post. See you next time ... Namaste.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Passing Through

Credits:lesley-oldaker@Deviant Art

Dear friends and followers,

This week's challenge for mind love misery 's menagerie is a wonderful painting by lesley-oldaker titled "Passing Through"
As I look at this painting ... it makes me sad. It looks like it's raining and people passing each other without looking at each other. They all are in a hurry to go at their home ... the rainy sphere makes me almost depressed ... and that feeling is caught already in the title of this painting "Passing Through".

There is a haiku written by Basho (1644-1694) which also has this feeling hidden in it. It's a not so well known haiku by the master:

Passing through the world
Indeed this is just
Sogi's rain shelter
© Basho (1644-1694)

What does this painted rainy and sad day bring me ... will it inspire me ... let me think it over becoming part of the scene. I feel the rain and the cold. I hear the sound of the rain and the feet of the people around me. Will there be a kind of perfume? I think so, because rain brings always a kind perfume ... the smell of wetted earth, or the sweet perfume of lavender ... I will see the people ... hurrying for home ...

Here is my attempt:

sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain -
a dog barks

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope you did like this post. See you next time.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starry Night

Magpie Tales 234, Starry Night.

Starry Night by Alex Ruiz
An awesome painting to become inspired and this is what it brought to me ...

one starry night
to make that one painting -
the rustling leaves

© Chėvrefeuille

Well ... i hope you liked this haiku ... see you another time ...