Friday, February 10, 2012

The Haiku Challenge, day 10

I started writing this day's entrance for the Haiku Challenge a few days ago. It made me feel a little bit sad that I couldn't start with a new haiku, because the theme wasn't known right then. So I wrote 'ins blauen hinein' and go with the flow.

dazzling thunder
in the middle of the night
New Year's Eve

Just an impromptu verse, maybe it fits with the "surprise theme".

Well it didn't fit the surprise theme, but I had to save this one for this day's challenge.

OK ... back to today's theme: describe with a haiku a Special day in your Life. Well ... let me look. I had to thought very deep to find a Special Day in my life. It did cost me some time, but I came up with the following Special Day.
I don't know the exact date, but I was very surprised to learn that a haiku of mine had gotten a honorable mention in the haiku-invitational (a haiku-contest) of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. This international success occurred in 2010. The following haiku was the one which got the honorable mention:

the cooing of pigeons
between blooming cherry trees -
the cool rain

I was, for sure, honored. I had never thought that one of my haiku could win something like a honorable mention. But it did. With this haiku my name as an international haiku-poet was set.

Another Special Day, was last year December 2011, when I got my copy of "Spasms of Life", an anthology of haiku and other Japanese poetry published by Wonder Haiku Worlds, an international website about haiku and other Japanese poetry. In that anthology eight haiku and one senryu composed by me were contributed. I was honored and proud to read my haiku in such a prestigious anthology. It dazzled me. After starting my second blog Basho Revisited I was asked to write essays about Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) for Wonder Haiku Worlds.

Just a few special days in my life. I am happy that my haiku are so well known and it makes me humble ... to see what my haiku can do with others.

I live with haiku
this short Japanese verse
makes me happy

so less words
to say a lot
that's haiku

haiku my life
haiku the air I breath
I am all haiku

See you tomorrow.


Grace said...

Congrats for the honour. Happy to share your talents with us ~

Keep on shining ~

Susie Clevenger said...

Congratulations on the honor, how wonderful..may you have continued success and writing the haiku form of poetry you love.

Karen said...

Such a grand feeling when your work is honoured!

Concerned, Confused but Learning said...


Asni said...

Congratulations on the mentions and honour. I love your haiku that was mentioned in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Very beautiful!

becca givens said...

Special moments indeed - congratulations on your recognition -- your love for the art form oozes with passion and delight! May your muse continue to tickle your fancy and creativity.

Ramesh Sood said...

Your pasion for haiku is so much infectious.. thanks for sprinkles on me too.. it encourages.. if ever you look at my blog.. I loved writing ong poems.. and then Leo taught me writing haiku.. and I started contributing to his Haiku Heights and then Haiku My Heart.. but no, I have never been mentioned in anything so grand.. an honour indeed to cherish always.. and you are right in considering those days of recognition as special days..

Let me share the link for one of my most read/viewed haiku as per my stats.., not that it was mentioned anywhere.

Would love your comments as a Haiku connossieur..

Gemma Wiseman said...

Haiku can so easily become a vital thread in the creative tapestry of life! A beautiful series here!

Chèvrefeuille said...

Hello friends, I don't know what to say ... I am speechless. Such wonderful words you all share. I wonder ... in the late eighties I hadn't thought to be who I am now ... but I love the way I can share my haiku, my passion.
Ramesh I followed the link in your comment and arrived on a place with two great haiku. I loved them and read them a few times to (as I call that) make contact with the haiku, living the haiku, smelling and touching the haiku. They were really nice to read. Thank you for the link in your comment.


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Andy Sewina said...

You are Haiku!

Chèvrefeuille said...

Hi Viv and Sweet talking guy, Thank you for the nice words. And ... yes I am all haiku, just like the classical haiku masters such as Basho and Issa.

at dawn
the cooing of pigeons
in the Cherry Tree

paulo guimaraes said...

Brilliant haiku as always, you have inspired me to keep on the path of haiku, a wonderous path it is. I just love it for its simplicity, and at the same time, its depth.

Chèvrefeuille said...

Hi Paulo, I am so glad to hear that. It's my hope that, through my haiku, others will try to write haiku. It's just a joy ... and it makes me happy to write haiku.


Amber said...

Congratulations for the honour!!! :)
And you are all haiku!! :D :)

Someone is Special said...

Speechless Man.. Congrats and Hats of to you... I am happy and honoured to read your Haiku..

Someone is Special