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

Friday, July 17, 2015

Photo Challenge #69, Illumine

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
lanterns burn

© Chèvrefeuille
Visit MindLoveMisery's Menagerie for more challenges

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai's Kingyo (Goldfish)

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

© Chèvrefeuille

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

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 ....