Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Heights, day 15 Creation

Inspired by the theme at


Creativity as an inspiring source for writing haiku ... hm ... nice prompt. Let's go do this ...

Mother Earth's art
leaves are changing in color
to re-create


creation of our world
with our spirit we can do that
co-creators we are


pillars of creation
Well ... see you all tomorrow ...

Friday, September 14, 2012

Carpe Diem, seize the day - a new haiku meme - introduction


I would like to introduce to you, my dear visitors, the start of a new daily haiku meme. I named it Carpe Diem (Latin for seize the day). As you possibly may know Haiku Heights is running a daily meme this month. It's a joy and a pleasure to write haiku every day.
I will soon start this new haiku meme, but first I have to complete HH's September Heights. And of course I have to think about the prompts. So this new daily haiku meme will start on October first 2012.
Do you know a nice prompt? Please share it with me through commenting on this post.

free your mind
be inspired and enjoy
composing haiku

Sincerely,

Chevrefeuille a.k.a. Basho2012 and Kristjaan Panneman.




Thursday, September 13, 2012

September Heights, day 14 revelation

Inspired by the theme at


Isn't it a great haiku month? We are on or way in the second third of the September Heights and today I have to write a haiku on revelation. My first thought at this prompt was 'it was a revelation when I discovered haiku at school' so I will try to write a haiku (or two, maybe three) about how I discovered haiku a long time ago. I discovered haiku when I was studying for teacher in the late eighties. A fellow student saw how I wrote little verses between my notes during the classes. She, by the way, was an artist with origami and had a lot of knowledge on Japan. She pointed me at haiku and gave me a little booklet with information about haiku. When I read that ... ah! it was a revelation ... the little verses I wrote got a name HAIKU. Since that day I continue writing haiku and became a well known haiku poet in my country and since the start of this millennium  I also became Internationally known.

Credits: haiku/haiga
Well let's do this ...

a little verse
caught me in it's flight
ah! a revelation

ah! a revelation
it was when haiku caught me
at college

at college
writing in silent moments
a little verse

a little verse
from the land of the rising sun
caught me

caught me
deep in my heart and soul
a little verse

Not a strong one, but .... I enjoyed writing this cascading one. Hope you enjoyed it.

See you all next day.

Be inspired.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September Heights, day 13 Symphony

Inspired by the theme at


Symphony ... what a wonderful prompt. Thank you Becca of "On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea" for this prompt. It's not an easy one, but I think I can write a haiku or two, maybe more, with this one.
Symphony? It could be a wonderful piece of classical music, but also the melting together of several sounds, colors and odors. Well ... let's go do it ...


This is the music of one of the most famous symphonies of Ludwig von Beethoven ... his Fifth Symphony with that stunning overture. I love the music of Beethoven and I even have played his music once.

world famous symphony
with a stunning overture
Beethoven's Fifth

Beethoven's Fifth
loses it's beauty
the sound of nature

the sound of nature
Mother Earth's symphony
this serene morning

this serene morning
nature's colors and sounds
world famous symphony

Well ... I think I succeeded in this one, but that ... my dear visitors ... isn't up to me to decide. Hope you enjoyed reading it.

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September Heights, day 12 Rain

Inspired by the theme at


Today's prompt is Rain a wonderful prompt, because we are entering autumn and in that season rain falls are very common and often accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds. At least ... in my country.

autumn has come
every day heavy rain falls
leaves tolling around

leaves tolling around
covering the streets and gardens
their sweet perfume

their sweet perfume
of dead and decomposing
autumn has come



See you all tomorrow.

September Heights, day 11 divine

Inspired by the theme at



Here it goes ... another day of September heights. Thanks Leo for the opportunity to write every day a haiku on a given prompt. Today ...divine.
Day 11 is on, several years ago the whole world was shocked and shaken by the terrorists attacks on the WTC since than the war on terror is continuing. This, however, isn't the prompt for today. It's divine which means godlike or heavenly. 
What about this prompt else? It could be a divine person such as a high priest or a preacher man. It also can be intervention of a Higher Power so this will not be an easy one, but I have to try ... of course.

divine being
brought eternal love to the world -
Siddhartha Gautama



Siddhartha Gautama
a prince of the people
becomes divine

becomes divine
brought everlasting love
and emptiness

and emptiness
was brought to the heart of town
that day in September

that day in September
did shock the whole world
started a war



started a war
after the crucifixion of a
divine being

Not a strong one I think. Strong in it's images, but it feels artificial. Ah! I enjoyed writing it and that's enough to me.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, kigo (seasonword)


Dear Haijin,

Another week has gone. I am busy with the September Heights Challenge to write an every day haiku on a given prompt and I have seen several of you, my dear Haijin, posting wonderful haiku on September Heights.
As you could have read in Tackle It Tuesday´s Preview of September 7th this week the prompt is Kigo (or seasonword). One of the basic rules for haiku is the use of a kigo to place a haiku in the right time of the year. For example: Moon is a kigo for Autumn. Another example: Butterflies are a kigo for Summer.

midsummer night
walking along the seashore -
the sound of waves

the sound of waves
scattering on the beach
midsummer night

Must be an easy one to do I think. So enjoy the fun, be inspired and please leave a comment after linking.




The Path Of The Honeysuckle, #3


Another episode of The Path Of The Honeysuckle in which I am going to explore the deeper, spiritual, meaning of old and new haiku.
As you, dear reader, maybe will know one of the basic rules for writing haiku is a deeper, spiritual, meaning. That deeper meaning isn't always clearly there and my haiku aren't an exception on that rule.

For this episode I have written a few new haiku which I am going to explore. Let's go on The Path Of The Honeysuckle and look for a (possible) deeper meaning.

the moon is rising
silvery waves resonate
in tune with my heart

fortuneteller touches
the heart of Honeysuckle
the path to wisdom

Do these have a deeper, spiritual, meaning? Let us follow The Path Of The Honeysuckle and look closer, closer to these two, in my opinion, wonderfully composed haiku (how immodest ... and that for a haiku poet).



The first haiku to explore and encounter The Path Of The Honeysuckle:

the moon is rising
silvery waves resonate
in tune with my heart

In my country we have a natural phenomenon that we call (in Dutch) 'het lichten der zee' or in English 'phosphoresce sea'. When this occurs, mostly with full moon, the sea looks like silver and the waves have a silvery glow. It's a wonderful sight. This phenomenon occurs because little algae called dinoflagelate are reflecting the light of the moon.
I have seen this often and I remember that it was a magnificent and mysterious sight almost hypnotizing. I sat down on the beach and started meditating. The waves rolling to and fro the beach gave a deep, spiritual, feeling. When my meditation became deeper I realized that the silvery waves resonated with my heartbeat in the same way. It felt great and there on that beach meditating and hypnotized by the silvery waves in the bright moonlight I became all in one with nature. I felt great and was in a deeper, spiritual, mood than I ever had been. Embraced by the Universe laying down in the arms of Mother Earth. I felt save and happy sitting there with only the moon, the silvery waves, the sound of the sea and my heartbeat.
The deeper, spiritual, meaning in this one is very clear I think. Live with nature, be one with nature. 
I have found a video on You Tube about this phenomenon. Enjoy watching it.



Come on ... let us go further on The Path Of The Honeysuckle and look closer at the second haiku.

fortuneteller touches
the heart of  Honeysuckle
the path of wisdom

I live close to nature, I feel myself a Wiccan and I love to look at the Tarot cards. I divine with cards and I have used the ancient Celtic Ogham or Tree cards to look into the future. The cards gave me a glimpse of the near future and I am glad to have seen my Path of Life in the cards.



Honeysuckle is one of the Ogham cards and it means 'the path of wisdom for the Inner Self'. I walk that path since the late eighties when I discovered haiku and started writing haiku. Writing haiku has brought me happiness and pleasure. Haiku also brought me Inner Wisdom.
I walk The Path Of The Honeysuckle and I hope that my haiku are giving my readers joy, happiness and wisdom.

'Till next week,



Sunday, September 9, 2012

September Heights, day 10 Pepper

Inspired by the theme at


I once have used a haiku by Basho about Red Pepper in one of my posts on Basho Revisited, my other weblog. It's a wonderful haiku and I wrote a haiku in response on that one about Mustard seed, but that's not were this episode op September Heights is about.
Pepper is a datingsite, but also a seasoning vegetable ... what to do with this prompt? Which way I prefer to go? I will go for the spicy way.

Pepper is often described as the "king of spices," and it shares a place on most dinner tables with salt. The word pepper originated from the Sanskrit word pippali, meaning berry. Pepper is now grown in
Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Kampuchea as well as the West coast of India, known as Malabar, where it originated.


look at those colors
yellow, red and green peppers -
beware I am hot !

I like the taste of this spice. To me it can't be hot and vivacious enough. I love spicy food. So another one on pepper.



seasoned salad
dressed in vivacious peppers
taste of the East

And another one ... more creative verse on peppers.


my allotment
private Eastern source

all kinds of pepper

I hope you all liked this one ... finally no cascading this time (smiles), see you all tomorrow.

September Heights, day 9 Gloss

Inspired by the theme at


Day 9, almost one third of this September Heights lies behind us. Today's prompt is Gloss ... I think I can write a few nice haiku with this prompt. Maybe I will write for today a none cascading haiku set, if I can do that of course, because I have become an addictive to that form (smiles).

Credits: Masquerade; Carnival of Venice
One of the meanings of Gloss is masquerade. The most famous carnival of the world is the Venice Carnival ... it's a very old tradition in Venice and it's known for it's wonderful masques. With this meaning I can certainly write a new haiku.

dark green eyes
hidden behind a mask -
she's mysterious

she's mysterious
breathtaking glamorous mask
attractive force

attractive force
mystical and magical
who is she?


who is she?
thrills of unmasking at midnight
exposed to the world

exposed to the world
she turns into a man with

dark green eyes 

Well ... this is really something heh ...