Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Heights, day 1: drawbridge

Inspired by the theme at

Well ... this is it ... the kick-off of a new Haiku Heights Challenge. Let's go and have some fun with writing haiku inspired on given prompts.

Another new September Heights Challenge to write an every day haiku on a given theme. I loved doing this last April and I hope this new September Heights will be again a joy to participate in.
Let's go starting the haiku engines (smiles).

Today the prompt given is drawbridge. I think I can write some nice haiku with this one. So ... let's get on with it.

As you know I am living in The Netherlands. We, the Dutch people, have a long history in conquering the waters, but we are also known for our skills in bridge building. In our lovely capital, Amsterdam, we have some well known drawbridges e.g. "De Magere Brug" or "The Skinny Bridge".

Credits: The Skinny Bridge
It's one of my favorite bridges of Amsterdam. So I thought 'maybe I can write a haiku (or two) about this Skinny Bridge'.

walking through the city
crossing the canals of Amsterdam
the skinny bridge

the skinny bridge
here I lost my heart to her
walking through the city

Hm ... not a strong one I think, but that's not up to me to decide ... you my visitors can say what you think about it.

See you tomorrow,

Chèvrefeuille (a.k.a. Basho2012 and Kristjaan Panneman)

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Path of the Honeysuckle #2

The Path of the Honeysuckle part 2:  Closing the garden.

Today I will look closer to the spiritual meaning of the next haiku.

closing the garden
no one to disturb my thoughts -
Virginia Creeper

This one I have published in last February's Haiku Challenge of Someone Is Special. It was inspired by a picture of an open fence of a concentrationcamp. I remember that I also have written a blog about closing the garden on Basho Revisited my other blog. And I even have used the theme of the closed garden in one of my Tackle It Tuesday Previews 'Closing the garden' must have a spiritual, deeper meaning, because I have used it already a few times on my weblogs. So let's look a bit closer to the given haiku.  

In this haiku the closing of the garden is meant to give the mind some peace, but also to search for the deeper meaning of the thoughts. Thinking about the future? Thinking about life? All thoughts that are tumbling around in my mind. My head is so full of thoughts that I sometimes think that I need a second head. But ... that's of course not possible ... so I have to retreat for a while to order my thoughts. I have to close my garden, my house to find the peace back in my head, body and soul. Than I will find my freedom of thoughts back and that is the deeper meaning of the Virginia Creeper. The spiritual meaning of Virginia Creeper is 'seeking freedom and progress'. So the deeper meaning of this haiku is:

'To find freedom and progress in thoughts I have to empty my head by going on a retreat'.   Isn't it a wonderful haiku? So less words, with so much meaning.
Credits: Virginia Creeper
See you again ... next week for another quest into the spiritual meaning of haiku.  



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sensational Haiku Wednesday, freestyle

Join the fun!

Dear Haiku friends,

It's a long time ago that I participated in the Sensational Haiku Wednesday, because of lack of time and of course keeping my other blogs up-to-date. I remember that for this meme it's necessary to write a haiku on the given theme in the classical way. As several weeks ago I gave my own 'Back to Basic' theme for my haiku meme. It's not my piece of cake to write in the classical 5-7-5 way, but I can say right from my heart that I love to write sometimes a classical one. So this week's theme of Sensational Haiku Wednesday "freestyle" I will use to write another classical haiku.

finally dark clouds break
after the rains and thunderstorms
the bright and warm sunlight

This is really not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it very much. (Had to use a syllable counter ... smiles). Thank you for this opportunity to try (again) the classical way of haiku.

Well ... maybe next week again ...?