Saturday, December 15, 2012

Haiku Heights #200, wish

Inspired by the theme at

I haven't had time to participate the last weeks in Haiku Heights, but this week's prompt I couldn't let go. This week the prompt is WISH and that's of course something for this time of year.

Dragon's departure
entering the year of the Snake -
good wishes

Year of the Snake (2013)

Some background:

Sign of the Snake

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, being born in the year of the Snake is a good omen; it means your family will never starve. Whether this is intended metaphorically -- because the snake is a great mediator and therefore good at business -- or literally -- because a Snake would sacrifice his many possessions to pay for food -- is often debated. In either case, it is clear that a Snake is considered a good provider as a result of his wisdom. This wisdom, however, can on occasion become cunning trickery, as a Snake is known to plot to get exactly what he wants. The Snake is also profoundly private, and as such, as known as a poor communicator -- possessive of both his words and his emotions.

Character Traits
: Snake

: Wise, creative, shrewd, responsible, purposeful
Negative: Loner, distrustful, suffocating, cold

Well ... maybe 'till next week.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, Christmastime

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time I wasn't able to publish our new Tackle It Tuesday earlier this week. So this Tackle It Tuesday will stay on  until Tuesday January 1st 2013 11.59 AM (CET).
In this month of Holidays I am glad to publish this episode on 'Christmastime'. Christmas a wonderful feast in which we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and Peace all over the world.

Merry Christmas
a Happy New Year

Also in this time of year we have snow, frost, but also warm summerdays depending from the place you're living. On my Carpe Diem weblog we have a prompt on Year Markets for today. All over the world these Markets are organized to give you a Christmas feeling. On these markets you can buy Christmas decorations, food, sweets and so on. Wandering over these markets accompanied by Christmas Carols it's really a joy and it brings me already the Christmas feeling and of course decorating the Christmas tree (as you can see above).
Every year again ... we are singing carols about peace on earth ... and every year again ... Peace all over the world isn't becoming true. We have to dream on ... maybe once ... Peace on earth will be ...


I hope you all have a wonderful Christmastime and a wonderful New Year.

in a stable
our Lord Jesus Christ was born -
still no Peace

wandering over the fair
in touch with the Christmas thought  -
Silent Night

on New Year's Day
the wind still the same
as last year

Have fun, dear friends, be inspired and share your haiku on Christmastime with Tackle It Tuesday. If you like writing and composing haiku? Well .... visit my Carpe Diem weblog and share your haiku on the given prompt. It's really fun to visit Carpe Diem's daily haiku meme. Feel free and welcome to visit and share.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Year's Eve

Published on:

I had to write a haiku on our prompt for today 'New Year's Eve (toshi no yo) and this is what it became:

nothing changed
still the same haiku poet
New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve
the rustling of Camellia flowers
nothing changed

See you all another time ...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Troiku: a double peony

Troiku: a double peony.

Some time ago I wrote a Carpe Diem Preview on a new creative form of writing haiku, the troiku. This post is another try on this new creative way of writing haiku. I love the way how this new form asks me to think about writing haiku. It's, in my opinion, a great way of writing haiku and I enjoyed writing this post very much.

The 'sleigh' is inspired on a haiku by Issa (a classic haiku master) and it was a Carpe Diem Special a few days ago.

pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony


pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony

(horse 1)

pink flowers
as far as man can see -
purple sea

(horse 2)

between green dewy leaves
hides a little green frog
for the blue heron

(horse 3)

a double peony
in full bloom in my garden -
a dawning sun

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, Moonlight

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This greeting is the one I always use on my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem and today I will use it here for our new Tackle It Tuesday. Why? Well ... in our next month of Carpe Diem (December 2012) I have chosen for classical Japanese 'kigo' or seasonwords for prompts. Next month the prompts are all about winter, see for yourself here , so for this weeks 'Tackle' I have chosen for a classical kigo or seasonword of Autumn.

Our 'Tackle' prompt is moonlight In classical Japan they think the moon of Autumn is most beautiful. In that ... I follow them ... I think also that the Autumn moon is the most beautiful. But ... also in my region of the world (Europe) the Winter moon is beautiful too.

Credits: Moonlight
So the goal for this episode of Tackle It Tuesday is to write a haiku on moonlight. Enjoy the fun and be creative. And ... of course I hope you will share your creativity here on Tackle It Tuesday.

My take on Moonlight:

reflecting sunlight
our natural satellite -
dark of it's own

dark of it's own
the moon catches beams of sunlight
sharing them with us

sharing them with us
her wonderful smile
autumn moonlight

Hope to see a lot of haiku on moonlight. Be inspired and share your creativity.

Just a little treat ... Moonlight Serenade ....

This Tackle It Tuesday will stay on 'till December 10th 11.59 AM (CET). So you have two weeks to share your haiku ... Tackle It Tuesday will be from now on a bi-weekly haiku meme.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Haiku Heights, desert

Inspired by the theme at

deserted streets
civil wars all over the world -
no more joy at all

no more joy at all
lost and alone in the desert
just the moon and I

Credits: Desert

Silvery waves resonate

Just an Impromptu verse

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

Credits: silvery waves resonate

Friday, November 23, 2012

Box of chocolates

box of chocolates
what a sweet temptation -
scent of cocoa

Just an impromptu verse.

Credits: box of chocolates

Early Sunrise (impromptu-verse)

Today I was very early awake. After a cup of coffee I went outside and saw a wonderful sunrise. The clouds looked like fingers and were pink colored, it looked just like they sprouted from the horizon. So I had to write a haiku about it.

early sunrise
pink cloud fingers sprouting
at the horizon

Isn't it a beauty?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carpe Diem's Rose (a reprise verse)

For Carpe Diem, seize the day, a daily haiku meme I have written the next haiku on 'rose'. I love this prompt and I hope that you like the haiku.

november ending
while the first snow falls -
a last rose blooms

departing Autumn
the end of this year coming nearer
longing for Spring

a new hope rises
departing of this years autumn
lighting a candle

credits: yoruba girl dancing

Monday, November 19, 2012

Misty Morning

Credits: Misty Graveyard
For Carpe Diem I composed the next haiku:

The prompt for today is MIST.

misty morning
the sound of church bells
wakes the dead

Another one:

through the mist
bellowing of cows
the sound of church bells

And for closure:

exposed to mist
an old sand stone church
looking as new

Credits: Penshurst Church
That was my contribution for Carpe Diem's prompt MIST for today. See tomorrow or whatever time and day.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Isn''t it a wonderful flower? The Peony ... so fragile and colorful, but it can also be a big flower when the Peony is a ''double one".
I had to write another haiku inspired on this haiku by Issa:

the peony falls
spilling out yesterday''s

This is my other haiku on peony:

pink flowers bloom
between green dewy leaves
a double peony

Hm it''s a beauty I think.

Have a nice weekend ... see you another day.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, Chrysanthemum

Tackle It Tuesday starts today with a new 'rule'. Every episode will stay on for two weeks. Why? Because of lack of time, I have my daily Carpe Diem haiku meme and for now that's my main meme. So this episode of Tackle It Tuesday will stay on 'till Monday November 26th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post the new episode of Tackle It Tuesday that day around 10.00 PM (CET). Hope you all understand this.

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has passed away ... our last Tackle It Tuesday prompt was 'Wuthering Heights' and it wasn't a great success, but ... well it wasn't an easy prompt. So for this week I have chosen Chrysanthemum a wonderful Autumn (and Winter) 'kigo' or seasonword. It's really a nice flower for this time of year.
Last Sunday I was visiting my parents in law in Amsterdam. My father in law had a wonderful basket full of Chrysanthemum in his garden. They were wonderful colored, yellow, orange, purple and white. A nice Autumn bouquet. I was a bit sad after our visit, because I hadn't my camera with me. If I had ... than I could have shown you this wonderful Chrysanthemum basket. So now I will use another photo for this post.

Chrysanthemums bouquet
so many colors
the backyard looks like a rainbow
Chrysanthemums in bloom

in the garden
of my parents in law
Chrysanthemums bloom

a sea of colors
as far as you can see
blooming Chrysanthemums

Well ... I hope these haiku inspire you, my dear haijin, visitors and travelers, to be creative and write your own haiku. Please share your creativity with Tackle It Tuesday.
This Tackle It Tuesday episode will be staying on 'till November 19th 11.59 PM (CET).

Have fun!

Basho ... one of my heroes

For Carpe Diem's 'hero',

Basho is one of my heroes, next to e.g. Gandhi. Why is Basho my hero? I am a haiku poet and Basho was a haiku master which I adore. I even have a weblog about him. Basho is my inspiration for writing haiku.

Basho's 'Small Path to the Deep North'

Today Carpe Diem has hero for prompt and I love to try to write a or a few haiku about Basho.

small ways
leading to Enlightenment
just like Basho

croaking frogs
Basho's old pond haiku

Old Pond
Frog Jumps In
Sound of Water

the sound of water
resonates through my garden
I feel like Basho

Basho's original hand written haiku (and haiga) 'frog pond'
Isn't it a lovely triplet of haiku inspired on Carpe Diem's 'hero'? My hero ... Matsuo Basho (1644-1694).

Matsuo Basho, my hero
 Well ... this was my take on 'hero'. Who is your hero?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Carpe Diem ... sunny day

I had to write a few new haiku on our prompt for today 'yellow'. I have already read wonderfully composed posts ... so I have to come up with a few good ones (smiles).

one sunny day
my black thoughts
turning yellow

sunflower field
reaches 'till the horizon
what a joyful sight

'look up there grandpa'
my grandson points to the sky -
yellow dragon kite

 Well ... I hope you liked it.

Tackle It Tuesday, Wuthering Heights

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This 'Tackle It Tuesday' will stay on for another week. I haven't had time to write a new episode because of lack of time. So this episode will stay on 'till November 14th.
Another week gone into oblivion and a new week has just begun. Time to release a new episode of Tackle It Tuesday.
This week I saw a TV show about buying a house in the Yorkshire region of Great Brittain. This region is known by e.g. wonderful landscapes, rugged heights and of course the Bronte sisters. The Bronte sisters were great English authors and I think you all know the novel written by Emily Bronte "Wuthering Heights".

 A short overview:

In 1801, Mr. Lockwood, a rich man from the south of England, rents Thrushcross Grange in the north of England for peace and recuperation. Soon after his arrival, he visits his landlord, Mr. Heathcliff, who lives in the remote moorland farmhouse called "Wuthering Heights." He finds the inhabitants of Wuthering Heights to be a rather strange group: Mr. Heathcliff appears a gentleman but his mannerisms suggest otherwise; the reserved mistress of the house is in her mid-teens; and a young man appears to be one of the family, although he dresses and talks like a servant.
Being snowed in, Mr. Lockwood stays the night and is shown to an unused chamber, where he finds books and graffiti from a former inhabitant of the farmhouse named Catherine. When he falls asleep, he has a nightmare in which he sees Catherine as a ghost trying to enter through the window. Heathcliff rushes to the room after hearing him yelling in fear. He believes Mr. Lockwood is telling the truth, and inspects the window, opening it in a futile attempt to let Catherine's spirit in from the cold. After nothing eventuates, Heathcliff shows Mr. Lockwood to his own bedroom, and returns to keep guard at the window.
As soon as the sun rises, Mr. Lockwood is escorted back to Thrushcross Grange by Heathcliff. There, he asks his housekeeper, Nelly Dean, to tell him the story of the family from the Heights.

Maybe you remember the song written by Kate Bush and sung by her. It was inspired on this great novel by Emily Bronte.

Awesome ... I loved this song (as I once did love all of the music by Kate Bush). I hope you enjoyed the music video and I hope of course that you are inspired to write a haiku (classical or non-classical) on this prompt.

Here is mine:

wuthering heights
patches of fog like ghosts
above the heath

patches of fog
crawling up and down the hills
wuthering heights 

Well enjoy the fun ... be inspired ... and share your haiku with Tackle It Tuesday. Do you like writing haiku? And you would like to do that every day? Visit my daily haiku meme at:  Carpe Diem 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Haiku Heights, nature

Inspired by the theme at

Time flies ... another week has gone. I heard this was a tough week for several American states because of the big storm 'Sandy'. How come that this kind of storms have such lovely, soft and sweet names as 'Sandy'?
I didn't really follow the news on this big storm, but I heard enough about it to understand that nature (our HH prompt for today) is a very powerful force on our little blue planet Earth.

nature's force
hits the East American Coast
uprooted trees

how strong the power
of Mother Earths energy
superstorm Sandy

strong human race
will rebuild their environment
a new experience

around the mansion
daisies standing strong together
after the storm

Well ... next week another prompt. For now I wish the people who were in the midst of this superstorm a lot of health, power and offer my prayers to them who have lost a loved one or have had a lot of damage.

Be strong!

!!! More prompts to write haiku? Please visit: Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rainbow Bridge

Published for: Carpe Diem, seize the day!

Today the prompt for Carpe Diem is Rainbow (reprise) and it's the start of a whole week prompts on the rainbow and the colors of the rainbow. But what is a rainbow?

A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth\’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc, with red on the outer part of the arc and violet on the inner section. Rainbows can be observed whenever there are water drops in the air and sunlight shining from behind at a low altitude angle.

rainbow bridge
bridges the highway to heaven
knocking on heaven's door

'can I walk that bridge?'
the little child points to the rainbow
ah! such an imagination

Cool! Nice imagery I think. Well ... I loved writing this one on rainbow. See you next time.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Poets United's Wonder Wednesday #7

Published and shared with: Poets United's Wonder Wednesday

Today is Halloween and Poets United's Wonder Wednesday has 'wicked' for prompt. A delicious prompt for Halloween I think. Wicked I know it's a musical. I haven't seen this musical, but what I have heard about it is great. So maybe ... I will go to see it.

'Wicked' ... hm ... witches, kobolds, wizards, imps all creatures of Halloween so it must be easy to write a post for this weeks Wonder Wednesday ... Well I am a haiku poet so this post will contain haiku. Let's go do some haiku composing on 'wicked'.

the wicked witch
giggles while riding
her broomstick

skyclad dancing
in the light of Hunter's Moon
on the moonlit heath

pumpkin head
sways above the foggy heath
the cry of an owl

'trick or treat'
a bunch of fairytale creatures
at my front door

A wonderful set of haiku if I may say that (how immodest), but I enjoyed writing this set on wicked. Thank you Poetss United for hosting this Wonder Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Behind the window

For Carpe Diem Special Prompt #5

Special Prompt #5
Today we have the last Special Prompt for Carpe Diem's October month. This month I shared haiku by Basho and the one for today is:

in one house
prostitutes lie down to sleep
bush clover and the moon

Basho wrote this when he was at an Inn along his Narrow Road to the Deep North. And a pair of nuns asked him and his companion Sora if they may travel with them for a while. Basho refushed that and wrote this haiku afterwards.

It's a very delicate theme he uses, but ... prostitution is of all times heh.

In Japan prostitution is forbidden, but the government looks the other way and tolerates it. To write another haiku inspired at the one by Basho and in the same spirit as Basho will not be easy.

late night walk
hookers behind windows -

Hunter's Moon

Hm ... I love this scenery. Is it in Basho's Spirit?

Another one:

behind the window
in the Red Light district
love for sale

Not bad either. Can I write another one? I will try ... maybe a classical one ... counted ...

love for money
sailors drunken as hell
giggling prostitutes

Not a totally counted verse, missing a few syllables, but I think this one is in the same spirit as the one by Basho.

Well ... so far our Carpe Diem Special Prompts by Basho. Next month the Special Prompts are haiku written by Kobayashi Issa.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Fly like an eagle

For Carpe Diem's flying

Our New Logo for Carpe Diem's November
fly like an eagle
as free as a bird in the sky
living my dream

Himalayan peaks
stretching out to heavens
high above the Earth

flying high
praying and chanting "Om Mane"
over the mountains

See you next time.

Hunter's Moon

Credits: Hunter's Moon

late night walk
under the Hunter's Moon
a fox crosses my path

© Chèvrefeuille

2018 July Re-published on Carpe Diem's Summer Retreat 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Haiku Heights, Witch

Inspired by the theme at

Also published for: Carpe Diem

This week's prompt is Witch, and I was the one who proposed this one, so have to come up with a good one (smiles). It's almost Halloween, so witches, ghosts, wizards, kobolds and other magical and mystical creatures are sneaking around.

all souls night
witches sneaking around
searching for lost souls

"trick or treat!"
a bunch of goblins
on the frontyard

skyclad witches
adoring and worshipping
the blue moon

the blue moon
reflects in the witches soup
between frog heads

This was my contribution to HH Witch for this week. See you next week ....

Friday, October 26, 2012

Laughing Autumn

For Carpe Diem, seize the day a daily haiku meme

This is our November logo for Carpe Diem

Today the prompt for Carpe Diem is "laughter", it's the opposite of our yesterday prompt "tears" and I love to share a few haiku on "laughter".

laughing Autumn
joyful colored leaves
and Chrysanthemums


late night walk
the sound of decaying leaves
beneath my feet

Credits: Romance

romantic night
burning candles, red wine and my love -
the sound of rain

What a feast! Laughing Autumn ... well ... I love Autumn in all of it's facets. Maybe ... this is a continuation of the haiku I gave in our new Carpe Diem episode. It's up to you ... I enjoyed writing these haiku ... It gave me a real Autumn feeling.