Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Inspired by the theme at

A long time ago I was a regular participant in this haiku meme of Leo at Haiku Heights, but as I started my own daily haiku meme I couldn't find the time to participate. So this is after a long time my contribution to this week theme "expactation".
Expectation ... a nice theme for sure in this time of the year, because we are closing into the end of 2013 and start almost with a whole new year 2014. 2014 Will be another great year I think, not at least because of the fact that I will become again a granddad, but also because of my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. I am looking forward to this new year and I hope that Carpe Diem Haiku Kai will grow further and that our haiku-family will grow too.

Here is my attempt to write a haiku with the theme Expectation

a whole new year
what will it bring to us?

what to expect?

Not a strong one, it's more like a quote or senryu, so another one more in the haiku-sphere:

cherry blossom buds
almost ready to open up

expecting brightness

Well ... I hope you did like the read ... and maybe see you somewhere else or maybe visit http://chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com


Friday, October 4, 2013

Carpe Diem 313 Circle

Dear friends,

As you maybe know I have a daily haiku meme at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and today our prompt is "circle" provided by Lolly, one of the contributors to Carpe Diem. As I was preparing the episode on "circle" I wasn't inspired to write my own haiku on "circle", but I couldn't stay behind of course so I publish here my haiku on "circle".

perfect abstract art
no beginning and no end -
seasons come and go

lost in a dream
running around in circles -
finding Inner Self

bound together
until eternity will call us
rings of gold shared

(C) Ring of Fire by Remo Wormmeester

ring of fire
passionate eternal love
between you and me

(The last two are in honor of my beloved wife)

Circle ... at first I thought it wasn't possible to write haiku about it, but I think I have succeeded, not very clear haiku, but for sure haiku-like. (smiles). Well ... see you ...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge #13, "just a kiss" (WabiSabi)

Good day, dear friends and followers,

As you maybe know I host a daily haiku meme at Carpe Diem and on a regular base I introduce there new features. Several months ago I launched the Tan Renga Challenge in which the goal is to complete a Tan Renga.
A Tan Renga has two stanzas, the first has 5-7-5 syllables and the second stanza has 7-7 syllables. It looks similar to the Tanka, the only difference is that a Tanka is written by one poet and the Tan Renga is written by two poets. (The Tan Renga is a short chained verse, as the Renga is a long chained verse.) This Tan Renga Challenge is a weekly event at Carpe Diem and this week the first stanza of the Tan Renga is by WabiSabi one of the contributors to the daily haiku meme at Carpe Diem. And I am grateful that WabiSabi gave me permission to use his haiku for the first stanza of this weeks Tan Renga Challenge.

at sunrise -
no words between lovers
just a kiss

(c) Wabi Sabi (8/24 2013)

Credits: roses

I think these roses are the best way to show the feeling in this haiku by WabiSabi and I think I will try to continu the second stanza also with that romantic touch. I hope I will succeed in that attempt.

First stanza (5-7-5):

at sunrise -
no words between lovers
just a kiss                                                        (WabiSabi)

Second stanza (7-7):

pink morning glory in full bloom
covered with crystal dewdrops

Well ... what do you think?

See you .... later with more haiku ....

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ese's weekly shoot quote challenge #3 Feel


Ese's Voice has a weekly challenge to write a poem inspired on a photo and a quote. This week the theme is "Feel" and the quote is by K.M. Beckner [...] "Time can only rob us of the things we can touch; it can’t rob us of the things we feel"[...] and the photo here after.


departing summer
the sweet smell of rotting leaves
I feel in the rain

Not a strong one, but in a way ... it has become extraordinary different with all other haiku I ever have written.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Carpe Diem's Punjab

Today the prompt at Carpe Diem is based on the musical track "Punjab" by Karunesh, the featured WorldFusion artist this month there. So I have sought the Internet for some more about Punjab.
Punnjab lays in the NorthWestern part of India and it's also called "Country of the five rivers", so with that I maybe can write a new haiku. So let me try.

between five rivers
a land of magic and mystery -
colorful world

colorful world
in tune with the universe ...

Not a strong set, but I like it a lot. I wonder ... "how would life be there?"

Credits: Punjab

Well ... if you like writing an sharing haiku then maybe "Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme" is something for you. Feel free to visit ...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Beginning, for Ese's Weekly shot and quote challenge

Good day dear visitors,

It's really a joy to publish another post here at my base haiku-blog. I ran into a wonderful challenge to day which I love to share with you all and which I had to take. I like challenges so
Ese's Weekly shot and quote challenge, Beginning I love to try. It's the goal to use a photo and a quote to write a poem, to me of course, that will be haiku.

As I have it right this is the quote which belongs to the photo I love to use:

Everything is still ahead…

Well ... let me try it ... here it goes my first attempt for Ese's new challenge:

new beginnings
everything is still ahead -
cherry blossoms bloom

cherry blossoms bloom
finally spring has conquered winter
a new light rises

a new light rises
cherry blossoms fall silently
at last cherries

at last cherries
bare branches will bloom again -
new beginnings

I hope you like this cascading haiku ...  and I think I have touched the quote and have used the photo in a right way. So if you like it or dislike it ... please let me know.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Artificial flower, an impromptu haiku

A few days ago I shot this photo and it inspired me to write the following haiku, just an impromptu verse.

bumblebee visits
an artificial flower
on search of honey 

It was really a joy to watch this bumblebee it stayed on this artificial flower for a long time. I had a few more photo's of it, but they weren't good enough to use.

Well ... see you next time, with another nice haiku I hope.

Do you like writing and sharing haiku? Then visit: Carpe Diem a daily haiku meme

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Carpe Diem's Caravanserai

Good day dear friends,

It's a while ago that I published here on my haiku-blog, so today I love to change that. As you all maybe know I host a daily haiku meme Carpe Diem. This month (August) all prompts I use are (except the Specials) music videos by Karunesh, a New Age artist and muscian. Several years ago I discovered his wonderful music and I created a weblog about him on the Dutch Social Network Hyves.
His music is relaxing and meditative and for sure worth listening to.

Today I shared a music video titled "Caravanserai" a wonderful video which inspired me to write the following haiku:

through sands of time
I walk towards a caravanserai
to refresh my mind

Not a very strong one, but I think this haiku paints the feeling of wandering through the world to find myself which came up as I was listening at the music. I felt lost and alone, searching for knowledge, thursting for the truth.

Well ... maybe we see eachother another time again.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013


It's a while ago that I posted here on my base-weblog. I am to busy with my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem so sometimes by lack of time I don't post here. Today I was re-reading my first English haiku and I love to share a revised one.

This was my first haiku in English ever, I wrote it in 2005 and it became a wellknown haiku. It's even part of a worldwide anthology of haiku and other Japanese poetry forms.

a lonely flower
my companion
for one night

A haiku with deeper meaning, but also a haiku with sweet memeories. Today I have written a revision of this one:

a lonely flower
my companion for one night -

deep silence

It makes this haiku stronger, more in balance I think. What do you think?

See you ... have a nice day!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Haiku Heights #254, Moral

Inspired by the theme at

It's to long that I have posted here a new haiku (or two, or three ...), so tonight I thought "let me look at Haiku Heights" to see what their prompt is for this week. It turned out to be Moral, that's not an easy one. So I have given it some thought and came up with the next haiku:

honor your parents
don't let them feel sad about you -

family of swans

Credits: Family of Swans

I think this is a nice haiku on Moral. I hope you enjoyed the read. See you again somewhere some time.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fragile beauty

Fragile beauty, a few new cascading haiku.

Yesterday was a wonderful and sunny day here in The Netherlands and I could make a few wonderful photos in my backyard. Finally Spring has come, my Sakura is in full bloom and the Rhodondendron also. What a joy to see those fragile Cherry blossoms and the big flowers of the Rhodondendron. The greater part of my backyard is fallow and is waiting for new garden plans, but ... well ... it has to wait, because we will start first in our frontyard with planting new plants and flowers.

Back to yesterday. As I made a few photos of my Cherry Tree I saw a snail crawl between the young Cherry blossoms.

I had to write a haiku about this event (smiles). So here it goes.

between fragility
a snail seeking it's path to Heaven
slowly, so slowly

slowly, so slowly
a snail between young Cherry blossoms 

seeks it's path

seeks it's path
a snail moves to the top
between fragility

It's just a little wonder to see this in my own backyard. And it's even a greater wonder to have the courage to compose a haiku on this event.

It's worth a celebration to see the Sakura in full bloom after a long, cold and dark Winter. But as I hear the weather forecast for today I am so anxious to see that the fragile blossoms will be gone soon, because we get strong winds and heavy rains. I can imagine how the classic Japanese haiku poets had that same fear when the weather changed and gusts of wind will tear the Cherry Blossoms apart. I am praying that not all of the Cherry Blossoms will be gone after today.

with tears in my eyes
I see how the wind is ruining
fragile beauty

fragile beauty
a gust of wind tears apart
Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms
as young as they are
torn apart

torn apart
fragile blossoms of the Sakura 

tears in my eyes

It's heartbreaking to see how the wind is tearing apart the fragile Sakura blossoms ... I was so happy to see that finally Spring has come and now ... that joy turned into sadness, but ... next Spring the Sakura blossoms will return and will bring happiness again.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Sharing haiku

I am hosting a daily haiku meme on Chèvrefeuille's Carpe Diem and today I was reading the post of several contributors to that daily haiku meme. I ran into a wonderful haiku on 'Capricorn' (The Sea Goat), as part of a series of prompts on the Zodiac, written by Cathy Tenzo of Haiku Plate Special. That haiku was the following:

Sitting at the bar,
the old goat dreams of the sea -
the waves whisper

(c) Cathy Tenzo

Really a nice haiku. In my comment I gave my own haiku in reaction on the one by Cathy. I love to share that haiku (in a little other way) here with you all.

waves whisper
stories of far away places
to an old sailor

Credits: Old Sailor

Isn't it a wonderful man? Look at that face ... you can see the story of his life. He must have had a hard life and many adventures don't you think? And he must have a thousand stories of far away places. Now he's to old to be on a ship sailing over the Seven Seas, but the waves whispering their stories into his ear.

Hope you did like this post.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Haiku Heights April Challenge 2013, Candle

Inspired by the theme at

Today our prompt in the A2Z Challenge of Haiku Heights is Candle so I have to write a haiku with that prompt. Hm ... that must be easy ... though I had the need for some time to compose this one.

candle in the wind
dancing shadows on the wall -
souls climbing to Heaven

Well ... It has become a spiritual one today.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Haiku Heights April Challenge 2013, Butterfly

Inspired by the theme at

Today the Haiku Heights prompt is Butterfly, a nice prompt I think and I love to share a few haiku on this prompt.

in the Buddleia
fluttering of fragile wings
waving on the wind

Another one:

waving on the wind
butterflies resting in the sun
on the Buddleia

And a nice set of Butterfly haiku to enclose this post:

the cobweb scattered
by the fluttering of wings
a blue butterfly

on the verandah
a yellowish butterfly
the light of sun down

  Well ... see you tomorrow again.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Haiku Heights April 2013 challenge, Ascent

Inspired by the theme at

Today the Haiku Heights April 2013 Challenge has started. It's a while ago that I posted a weblog-post for Haiku Heights, but today I will start again with posting for Haiku Heights. I hope to succeed, because my own daily haiku meme Carpe Diem will need my attention too.

The first prompt for this April Challenge of Haiku Heights is "Ascent", not an easy one, but I think I can write a haiku with it.

spiritual quest
leads me towards the mountains
ascension is near

ascension is near
finally I will become

Well ... it wasn't an easy start, but I am glad that I succeeded. Hope to see you tomorrow again.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Single Leaf, an Impromptu verse

I have written an Impromptu verse ... I saw a single leaf dancing through the streets. It's was a very stormy day today so the last leaves are blown away by that strong wind. But this one single leaf touched me. And I wrote the following haiku on that event:

one single leaf
dances on the shoulder of the wind -
prima ballerina

Isn't it a wonderful little gem? This haiku feels just good and strong. What do you think about this one?


Monday, March 18, 2013

Valley Stream

Today I love to share a weblog on a haiku by Onitsura (1660-1738) a haiku poet which is the haiku master for this month of Carpe Diem. Today we had a wonderful haiku written by him:

tani-mizu ya ishi mo utayomu yama-zakura

the wild cherry:
stones also are singing their songs
in the valley stream

This haiku by Onitsura is meant to be as a source for inspiration. So I was inspired and wrote this haiku:

gurggling valley stream
brings joy to the heart of Mother Nature -
Il Silenzio

Credits: Valley Stream

Isn't it a beauty? And that page to which the caption refers .... well you have to visit that. It's really a wonderful website and a joy.

Well ... see you agian next time ...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Haiku Heights, Shimmer

Inspired by the theme at

It's a long time ago, February 1st, that I have posted here on my haiku-blog. I am to busy with my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem to write here on my first weblog about haiku. Today I ran into Haiku Heights the wonderful website on haiku writing hosted by Leo. This week's prompt is shimmer and I love to share the next haiku with you, my dear visitors:

shimmering bright
between colorful leaves
a pebble

Just a nice stil live I think, another one maybe:

crystal clear dewdrops
shimmering in the first sunlight -
a cobweb

Awesome! Isn't it? Sorry how immodest, but I really like these haiku. Looking forward to next week's prompt, breeze.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Theme Thursday - Chocolate

Also shared with Haiku My Heart, february 1st

This weeks theme is 'chocolate' and I love to share a few haiku with you all on 'chocolate': So let's go do some haiku composing.

bar of chocolate
thrown away after just one bite -
food for the rats

'precious, sweet precious'
smeagol doesn't want the ring anymore
he found chocolate

Smeagol or Gollum

I loved writing these haiku for Theme Thursday.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ugly Moon?

Have to share this with you all. When I cycled to my work last night I saw an egg-shaped moon hiding behind a veil of clouds and that brought me the next haiku:

egg-shaped moon
hides behind a veil of clouds -
does she feels ugly?

does she feels ugly?
our princess of the night
egg-shaped moon

Isn't it a strange scenery?

Friday, January 25, 2013

ON BARE FEET, a haibun (reprise)

On Bare Feet

I wrote the following haibun. (Prose and Poetry united).

On Bare Feet in the Snow

I love walking on bare feet. So I do that a lot. As I come home from work the first thing I do is pull off my shoes and socks. It feels good. The air around my feet that have been enclosed in shoes the whole day. Even outside I am walking on bare feet.
Today I realized that I was on bare feet when I walked outside in the snow to close the fence. It’s so common to me to walk on bare feet.
In Summer’s, when our dog was still alive, I walked him on bare feet. I love the contact with Mother Earth as I am walking on bare feet through the grass, the forest or where ever. It feels like I am a kid again. When I was a baby I laid in my pram with bare feet. In that time I was pure and didn’t know much of the world. I didn’t know about haibun and haiku or what form of poetry.
Now … years later I experience that same pureness and not knowing when I walk on bare feet. Love that. Once again I have to walk on bare feet through the snow to close the fence again. The mailman has not closed it. When I have closed the fence I open the mail. In one of them I see a wonderful Anton Pieck card, such a nostalgic card. A little boy, poorly dressed, walking on bare feet in the snow and throwing snowballs. He laughs and his face is healthy red by the cold and the joy of throwing snowballs.

on bare feet
a street urchin plays
in the snow

Haiku My Heart, Silk

Dear friends on Haiku My Heart,

Today on my daily haiku meme Carpe Diem we share haiku on 'silk'. I love to share here on Haiku My Heart one of my haiku written for today's episode of Carpe Diem.

arousing my senses
the sweet coolness of silk blankets
shared with my love

Mayby it's to sensual, but it was the first thing I thought about when I was preparing the episode on 'silk'.


Chèvrefeuille (a.k.a. Kristjaan Panneman)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Haiku My Heart

It's a long time ago that have posted a haiku for Haiku My Heart, but I have to share this haiku somewhere ....

close to my heart
memories of my joyful youth 
on a sacred place

on a sacred place
hands before my face
tears on her grave


Credits: Fresias

tears on her grave -

the sweet perfume of fresias
her beloved flower

her beloved flower
every anniversary of her death
a fresh bouquet

Isn't it a sweet, sweet scented flower? I can smell her perfume. Triggers memories of my grandmother.


PS.: If you like writing haiku maybe Carpe Diem's Daily Haiku Meme is something for you.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Haiku Heights # death

Inspired by the theme at

A new week of haiku writing has gone with the wind ... several weeks ago I posted a post here for Haiku Heights. I haven't had time to participate in this weekly haiku meme for a few weeks mostly during lack of time and the time I spent on my own daily haiku meme Carpe Diem but I had to write a haiku for this weeks prompt 'death':

frost on the branches
the cobweb crystalizes in the sunlight
a death spider

a death spider
hanging in it's crystal cobweb
food for the birds