Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Yellow

Carpe Diem Theme Week #2 Color Your Life: Yellow



Monday's color prompt was yellow.  As we were preparing to leave for Europe for an almost 4 week trip, my muse could not get my attention for yellow.  This morning we awoke to the tragedy in Belgium.  A memory came to my mind that some folks were called yellow cowards at time for not being willing to take chances.  To not be willing to fight in the open.  I think the term yellow coward might well apply to the bombers.  While they are 'fighting' for their cause of world domination, they are ruthless, heartless, yellow cowards.  Hiding behind a cover of service to a cause as a way to injure innocents.

This will be my last post for a while due to the trip.  I love and will miss my haiku family.  Will be checking and commenting when possible.  So sorry I could not arrange to meet our host as we will be in Amsterdam for 4 days.  Our travel will be on a Viking River Longboat.  The muse has given me this thought on this day of departure.

daffodills and tulips
yellow petal hats bobbing
in praise of spring

even the wolf smells their scent
and lies quitely with the lambs

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Monday, March 21, 2016

master of persimmons

Carpe Diem Special #203 Basho's disciples: Mukai Kyorai's "Master of Persimmons"


My mother in law was a woman who respected nature.  She would never waste anything.  The bag holding cereal inside the box would be saved once emptied.  It would reappear wrapped around leftovers before placing in the freezer.  The MIL, also, loved gardening and yard work.  She tilled her garden by herself till around 90 years of age.  She canned her own grape juice from her own vines.  Even made wine a time or two.  She would pick berries and fruit either wild or cultivated.  She was a wise custodian of this good earth.

persimmon cookies
saved for a winter's night treat
wrapped in waxed love

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

orange

Carpe Diem Theme Week #2 Color Your Life -- Orange


Orange: 

Orange is a very strong color associated with creative energy. Nature grows through the sun (orange?) and therefore I think we will all have a slight reference towards orange as being the color of creativity. We have to cherish that energy, because we need it to create our haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms.

Orange combines red and yellow. It contains the fiery energy of red with the wisdom and control of yellow. Orange is a dynamic energy like red but more thoughtful and controlled.

Orange brings about: creativity; playfulness; exploration on a practical level; relief from boredom and equilibrium.

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longhorn
prepares for battle
clothed in orange

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock
 
Hook 'Em Horns
the battle cry echoes
in tradition

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willow

Carpe Diem #944 willow


The challenge is to use a writing technique, 'response to another's poem'.  The first poem that popped into my mind was 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe.  To read the original poem, click here

love fires
consumed in feathered darkness
burns forevermore

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

R E D RULES ! ! !

 Carpe Diem Theme Week #2 Color Your Life Introduction

Our Host's opening statements.

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the first episode of the second Carpe Diem Theme Week. This week (March 20th until March 26th) I love to bring some "Color into Your Life". We are going to explore the deeper meaning of the colors which we know from the rainbow. As I started CDHK back in 2012 I had a week full of prompts about the colors of the rainbow and maybe ... this feels for a few of you ... like a reprise, but ... well our Haiku loving family has grown since we started so there will be new family members who love to be inspired by the colors of the rainbow.

As I did in our first Theme Week I will gather all the posts of this Theme Week including your haiku and other Japanese poetry forms you will submit to create a new e-book, but that's ... not for now.


Color Your Life ... Red:

Generally the positive sides of the color red include action, courage, a strong will, honesty, confidence, spontaneity, vibrancy and gratitude.

Everything is in balance in our world, so just as there are positive aspects of the meaning of red, there are negatives associated with this color as well.
Red is associated with danger. Stop signs, stop lights and fire trucks are red.

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Red has special meaning in my family as we are a family with many redheads.  It is assumed by many that a redhead has a temper.  Blondes are airheads.  Brunettes are sultry.  Redheads are fiery.  Such narrow rooms  in which to live.



red cardinal
chips a morning greeting
for a needy world

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red skies
a cautious warning
for the gulls

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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My family with my former red hair now gray mostly.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

heart

Carpe Diem #941 Heart






The blue-eyed, blond haired boy stole my heart when he was just a kicking fetus.  The love continued to grow as we watched him coo, then talk his special talk.  Grandaddy, (Nandad) always let him play with the tool box.  Screwdrivers were i-dikers.  Caboose was bagoose. The Playskool Tyke Bike was and is nooden-nooden.  When looking for someone, he would say their name in a sing song, quizzical fashion while shaking his head in a negative fashion.  He now uses words he learned during his college and grad school years two decades ago.  These words are not nearly as fun as those precious made up toddler words.



thunderclap
acts as a bossy stormhorn
rainbrella time!

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

blossom

Carpe Diem #940 blossom



bros of a feather
stalk a nearby bather
flock of crows

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

The goal today was to create a unique type of rhyming poem named "kasuri" or "frame rhyme",

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

nobody sees

Carpe Diem Special #202 Basho's Disciples: Shiba Sonome's "nobody sees"


how hot it is! 

scarce can I bear the child upon my back
that plays with my hair

© Shiba Sonome (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

Shiba Sonome

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Lake Michigan, July 2015, ©  Janice Adcock

sunrise
adorns the lakeshore and waves
yellow diamonds

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

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CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Pi Day

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #73 pi-ku another nice poetry form (reprise)

I cannot begin to explain today's prompt so here it is as copied from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai:


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our weekly feature Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu. This week I love to challenge you to write a so called "pi-ku" as a kind of tribute to "Pi-day" which was on March 14. Why is this day called "Pi-day"? Because of the numbers of this date 3.14, which is the value of "Pi".

I remember that we have done this earlier in one of our episodes of "Carpe Diem Little Ones" that special feature about other little poetry  forms like haiku. I will give you an example of a pi-ku.

the sun rises
the heat
already tangible


© Chèvrefeuille

I sought the Internet for all the digits of Pi and I found the next (short) value: 3,14159 26535 89793 23846 ... and the digits go on and on, everlasting ...

Let us try to make a Pi-ku with the above digits in red (3,14159) the lines of the Pi-ku and the syllables-count would become the following:

1st line 3 syllables; 2nd line 1 syllable; 3rd line 4 syllables; 4th line 1 syllable; 5th line 5 syllables and the6th line would be 9 syllables. To me this sounds great and will be for sure a challenge. So let me try to make my Pi-ku longer with those new lines and their syllables-count:

the sun rises
the heat
already tangible
mist
spirals above the stream
another day starts in mysterious ways
 


© Chèvrefeuille
 

Sunrise
Isn't it a wonderful (extended) pi-ku?


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3                                                  entangled
1                                                    strands
4                                            the snare holds tight
1                                                      cries
5                                            fill the evening air
9                                  no sleep for the dog keeper tonight



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CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Monday, March 14, 2016

iris leaves


Carpe Diem #938 Iris leaves



The haiku writing technique of today is called "pseudo science".

iris leaves
I tie them to my feet
as sandal cords


© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)




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in a minute
the rain stopped
tomorrow

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

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Old Pond

Carpe Diem #939 Old Pond


old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

In this haiku Basho uses the "sense switching" technique, a technique which we have seen in our second series of haiku writing techniques last year.

pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

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unheard
baby cries quelled
amniotic fluid
in warmth of womb baby swims
mom smiles as movement felt

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock
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Robe

Carpe Diem #937 Robe



put it on to try
in-vest yourself
in a flowered robe


© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

And this is what she tells about the background of this haiku:

The "jiube ga haori" is a padded vest. The "hana goromo" is a flowered robe worn for viewing blossoms. "Haori" sounds similar to "gaori", which means "to surrender to the beauty of flowers", and "kite" can mean both "come" or "wear".

In this haiku Basho uses the haiku writing technique "pun" it's a kind of technique to bring a kind of joke into the haiku. I will explain this a little later in this episode. First I love to look at a few other haiku in which this "pun" is used.

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Puns are things I do in the spur of the moment.  To attempt to do a pun on command is like being told you have to love someone ..
robed in splendor
rippling like muscles
a prancing wrestler

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

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Friday, March 11, 2016

forest

Carpe Diem #936 Forest


Paradox ... In haiku


black forest
whatever you may say
a morning of snow


© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

waiting room
a patch of sunlight
wears out the chairs
© Jane Reichhold

free falling rain
gathers on the fence
holding tight

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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cicadas, riddles and kōan

Carpe Diem #935 Cicada


falling raindrops
slapping at the dry ground
muddy water streams

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Use This Quote

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #72 Use that quote

Here is the quote by the 14th Dalai Lama for your inspiration:

[...] "The purpose of our lives is to be happy". [...]  Dalai Lama

the dirt was dug
rocks arranged for tiny feet
grandma's backyard

fossils, rocks and goldfish pond
the best kind of happy

freckles
blue eyes smiling say in love
your yard is cute

melting heart in grandma's chest
as they go search for fireflys

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock



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CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Monday, March 7, 2016

narrowing focus

Carpe Diem #934 Onions



awash in sunlight
fields flush with bluebonnets
a bee sips nectar

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


rain

Carpe Diem #933 Rain


rain falling
in a spring storm
diagonally

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


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CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Saturday, March 5, 2016

silk tree

Carpe Diem #932 silk tree


moonlight
firefly's flight
a summer night

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


a flowery kite
with the tail flowing bright
above silk tree height

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


bridging

Carpe Diem #931 Bridge


evening breeze
carrying the feel of spring
rippling laughter

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI