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Monday, May 30, 2016

bay spring flowers

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 31st: a haiku by Basho

The last of the May Tan Renga Challenge month.  A haiku is used as an inspiration for a two stanza response.  When a haiku is used in this way is is named a hokku.

do not doubt it,
the bay has its spring too,
the flowers of the tide                   © Basho (1644-1694)
flow from the warm river mouth
stripers have a shad picnic              petra domina

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


rumbling winter storm

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 30th: "rumbling winter storms" by Paloma

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Welcome at this penultimate episode of Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month. Today I have a nice "hokku" written by one of our family members, Paloma. So we have a nice modern "hokku" to "play with".

Here is Paloma's "hokku", she wrote this one in December 2013:

Rumbling winter storm –
Ents are dancing with their wives –
ancient limbs entwined

© Paloma

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Paloma was one of the first of the CDHK group to give my fledgling attempts at haiku a great deal of encouragement.  I can never thank her enough the the kind words that helped me get going on the hiaku path.  She is gifted, courageous in moving the edges of poetry and just generally a good egg.  Thanks for your beautiful hokku.

Rumbling winter storm –
Ents are dancing with their wives –
ancient limbs entwined                          © Paloma

lightning rips the nighttime sky
while thunder plays its tunes -               petra domina

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

frosty rose

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 29th: "a single frosty rose" by Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981)


Mizuhara Shuoshi (1892-1981) was a 20th century Japanese poet who was responsible for a trend towards greater emotional expression in haiku. 

Here is our "hokku" by Mizuhara Shuoshi:

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose

© Mizuhara Shuoshi

A nice "hokku" to start our Tan Renga with. Here is my attempt to make this Tan Renga complete:

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose                               (Mizuhara Shuoshi)

clouds of breath pointing the way
towards the old Shinto shrine                      (Chèvrefeuille)

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A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose                               (Mizuhara Shuoshi)

petal curls glistening
in the rising morning sun                           (petra domina)




Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Friday, May 27, 2016

a slice of blue sea

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 28th: "temple in the sky" by Ubugu

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temple in the sky
the road opens
a slice of blue sea                                         (Ubugu)

heat dances above the horizon
childhood memories come to mind           (Chèvrefeuille)

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temple in the sky
the road opens
a slice of blue sea                                         (Ubugu)

washing across the ages
in a trickle of words                                      (petra domina)


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Thursday, May 26, 2016

still water

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 27th: "such a still water" by Tan Taigi (1709 -1771)


Such a still water
even the dragonfly
splash it with the tail                
© Tan Taigi (Tr. Gabi Greve)

mirror image returns
motionless weeping willow            ©  petra domina

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

silence

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 26th: "silence" by Jane Reichhold

Here is the "hokku" for today's Tan Renga Challenge:

silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms

© Jane Reichhold

Our host's response:

silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms                                    (Jane Reichhold)

admiring the cherry blossoms
lying naked on a deer skin         (Chèvrefeuille)

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my response...
silence
in the blind wind's dance
blossoms                                    (Jane Reichhold)

nodding .. .. ..
with nature's music                (petra domina)

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


a cool wind blows

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 25th:

Inspiration:
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Miura Chora (1729 – 1780) was a Japanese poet raised in Ise, in the Mie Prefecture of Shima Province on the island of Honshu, Japan. He traveled throughout the country composing poems and helped lead the Matsuo Bashō revival movement of the eighteenth century.

Here is the "hokku" for todays Tan Renga Challenge:

the shrine
in the sacred grove:
a cool wind blows                       © Chora

incense mingling with
fresh pine scent                        ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock         

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Monday, May 23, 2016

one step ourside

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 23rd: "one step outside" by Tagami Kikusha

Today I (Chèvrefeuille) have a nice "hokku" for you by a classical haiku poetess, Tagami Kikusha (1753-1826)

one step outside
the temple gate, its Japan --
a tea picker's song                       © Tagami Kikusha

silky leaves in deft hands
drink of dreams and operas           ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


belly growls

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 (7 ): Latifa Prayer lines 6 & 7: "I love" and "I am prepared"

Full inspirational post here
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I (Chèvrefeuille) think in the Latifa Prayer it's about that first kind of love, unconditional love for all and everything. That love stays a mystery ... you can not go on a quest for that kind of love .... that kind of love overcomes you unexpected.

lotus flowers
rising from the depths of the pond
everlasting love
like a river flows onwards
uncertain of its goal

© Chèvrefeuille

Love is about your deepest desires, let your heart speak ... and not your mind.
The last line of the Latifa Prayer "I am prepared" connects you to all and everyone around, it connects you with the desires you want.

my response to the inspiration
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As I sit in my comfortable home with my husband, my desires are minimal. Our son has reached a degree of success professionally.  His new mate leaves him smiling more than he did for many years.  The grandsons give us hugs, high fives and knuckle bumps without having to ask, well, most of the time.  Our parents are at peace after years of suffering with declining health.  Sure, I still think about the next big trip but not with the passion of past trips.  The past 3 years have been very self serving in many ways.  My outreach has diminished.  Is it time for me to begin that outreach again, to put others ahead of me? Am I prepared?  Have I again reached the passionate desire to love unconditionally?

in the maze
the mouse searches
with a keen nose

in pursuit of life desires
heeding only belly growls

nest of hatchlings
snuggle 'neath feather's warmth
dawn brings peeps for food

in pursuit of life desires
heeding only belly growls

juvenile antics
boisterous robin
begs mom for food

in pursuit of life desires
heeding only belly growls

new nest built
red robins meet their mate
an egg laid each day

in pursuit of life desires
heeding only nature's call

peeps for food
searching with heads askew
worms calm belly growls

with no thought of one's own needs
can one hear the belly growls?
©  petra domina



Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


on a windless day

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 22nd: "on a windless day" by Cheryl Lynn (a.k.a. Tournesol)


Today I have chosen a "hokku" by Tournesol. Tournesol is the penname of Cheryl Lynn, a very gifted haiku poetess. Tournesol is a long time member of our Kai and she has really gorgeous haiku written.

Here is our "hokku" for today:

on a windless day
six circles take shape
a pebble skips                       © Tournesol

master applauds with pleasure
as the novice jumps in glee      petra domina


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Saturday, May 21, 2016

music of the mountain stream

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Month May 21st: "the mountain stream" by Thomas Hand (penname: Hando)


listening with another
to the music of the mountain stream
here is no other                                   
© Hando

the problems of our minds
dissolve in the stream's mist                   ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


believe, trust, let go

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 (5 & 6): Latifa Prayer lines 4 & 5 "I believe and I trust" & "I let go"



Introduction:
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Both lines are in the middle of the Latifa Prayer and that's no coincidence I think, because these two lines belong (in a way) together.  To "let go", you have to "believe and trust" that it will become okay. Without believe and trust you cannot let go.


my response
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Have you ever done one of those team building exercises?  You know where you close your eyes and fall backwards into the waiting arms of the other members?  We did this with a group of kids we sponsored.  It went fine and no one hit the floor.  In my insane mind I decided to just randomly fall into my husbands arms.  He always caught me.  We were in our twenties at the time.  While visiting with our neighbors on their patio, once more I fell into my husband's waiting arms.  Only this time he was talking and did not see me.  I fell flat on the concrete.  The neighbors thought I had fainted.  My husband was apologizing to me.  I lay there laughing too hard to get up.  Unhurt but still trusting.


filled with trust
secure in belief
let go in faith

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


dawn sounds

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 20th: "night rolled away" by Gillena Cox


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this today I only will publish a new Tan Renga Challenge just because of lack of time, so no worries I am okay.

For today's Tan Renga Challenge I have a nice starting verse "hokku" written by Gillena Cox, she is one of our family members and maybe you have read this haiku somewhere at CDHK.



night rolled away
the street-sweeper's broom
deepening dawn sounds                           © gillena cox

the bell of a bike tunes in
as the paper hits the door                       ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


hope

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 (4) Latifa Prayer "I hope"

Inspiration full post is here.
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Today the third line of the Latifa Prayer "I hope". Hope is the one thing we never have to forget. There is always hope and as we will loose hope than what's than ...?
There are several ways to use the Latifa Prayer, one of course to pray it, but another use is in meditation and that meditation I love to share in the last episode of this Theme Week. The Latifa Prayer Meditation is built around the seven lines of the Latifa Prayer and in that meditation you have to use several gestures. For the third line "I hope" that's the following gesture:

[...] Bring your right hand to your left lung. Always use your left hand to help your right hand. Say to yourself: I hope. Think about all the things you wish and want in life. Because of this you are going to be able to make space in your mind. [...]

All religions are seeking their goals walking upon their own paths, but in the essence of every religion lays Hope ... Hope to create a better world full of peace honoring each other's ideas, honoring our environment. Hope we can only reach by following the light (and I don't mean that Light of Christianity alone, but all light that comes to use by all our different religious and spiritual backgrounds) we need light to see our path ... not only that real path in front of you, but also that Inner Path we all follow with our heart and soul.

Without Hope all will be lost..
my response
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Hebrews 11:1King James Version:  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Wikipedia definition:  Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes   Hope all is good for you.  Hope you get to feeling better.  Hope you win the lottery!  Hope can be contagious.  Political candidates appeal to visions of hope to encourage people to vote for them.  Hope can carry one through rehab from physical traumas. The hope to walk, talk or dress can be compelling motivations.  

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Senator John McCain for US News and World Report.
  
One time, they wanted me to write a message to my fellow prisoners at Christmas. I wrote down:
"To my friends in the camp who I have not been allowed to see or speak to, I hope that your families are well and happy, and I hope that you will be able to write and receive letters in accordance with the Geneva Convention of 1949 which has not been allowed to you by our captors. And may God bless you."
through the hole
a ray of light streams
hope fills the heart

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Friday, May 20, 2016

praying

Inspiration
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So here are our choices:

praying hands
seeking the wisdom of the Lord
the cry of an eagle 

© Chèvrefeuille, your host.

Lotus Flower
And this one by a not so well known classical haiku poet Murakami Kijo (1865-1938):

the moment two bubbles
are united, they both vanish,
a lotus blooms

© Murakami Kijo *

a response
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praying hands
seeking the wisdom of the Lord
the cry of an eagle                      © Chèvrefeuille, your host
announces the setting sun
lotus blooms close                        ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

in the moment

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #80: Memory Lane: Utabukuro (or poem bag)


Honeysuckle vines entwined around the old, deformed willow tree behind the overgrown rose bushes.  Spring would bring a flush of blooms through out the old yard.  Lilacs, lilies, iris, roses and of course the honeysuckle.  The young maiden would break off a lilac or two and then wind a length of the blooming honeysuckle along the stem.  This would be gingerly placed behind her ear.  An instant princess.


midsummer night -
the scent of Honeysuckle
tickles the senses                    © Chèvrefeuille
the warm breath of his love .
aphrodisiacs . .                        ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

I must admit that my exposure to haiku is mostly on CDHK.  I admire the writings of our host and the other participants.  In the moment I read Chèvrefeuille's haiku all I could think of was the memory I shared in this post.  And Chèvrefeuille has shown in his poetry his appreciation of his wife.....  So I used a little poetic liberty and just made a tanka of his work.  I just pretty much live in the moment.


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


desire

Carpe Diem Theme Week 4 (3) Latifa Prayer "I desire"


Full inspirational post is here.
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cold winter night
dreaming about the coming of spring -
cherry trees blooming
© Chèvrefeuille

In this haiku the desire for spring is the leading theme. After the long cold winter I (
Chèvrefeuille) am longing for spring and of course spring starts (at least for me) as my old Sakura in the backyard starts to bloom.
Introduction:
The second line of the Latifa Prayer is "I desire" and with that line you open your thoughts for your desires and become aware of them. What are your desires? 
My Response
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I desire, I want.  , give it to me. no it is mine. mine, Mine. MINE...  For so many years desire was more about wanting to be wanted by someone, being desirable.  Desiring to be appreciated for talents one displayed.  Always short of the mark.  Or was the mark unconsciously moved higher and higher so that the desire was never satisfied?  Maybe it is the 'I desire' that drives commerce for without desires of things, there is no market.  Does that apply to our haiku writing?  If no one were to read would we still write?

noisy muses
desiring to be heard
poetry hounds

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Monday, May 16, 2016

spring rain

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 17th: "spring rain" by Ozaki Hosai (1885-1926)



spring rain:
parting on the beach
a boat and an umbrella
 


© Ozaki Hosai (1885-1926)

the boat sails away
umbrella gives chase

spring rain
umbrellas unfolding
across the plains
as farmers race
to plant the fields


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Latifa Prayer, I am

Carpe Diem Theme Week #4 Latifa Prayer episode 2 "I exist"

INSPRITION
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inspirational challenge 
Today we are looking at the first line of the Latifa Prayer, 'I exist'.  What is its meaning and relation to haiku?  I suggest you read the full post here.  Learning as much as everyone on this journey.

dancing dervishes
reflecting movements
Lotuses dance too

© Chèvrefeuille

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my response or journey
i exist
Ever wonder at what point self awareness happens?  Is it in the womb?  Or when we take our first independent breath?  The first infant cry of discomfort could be the moment.  But who knows!  I surely do not remember my first moment of that awareness.  Whenever it was it was certainly the beginning of the journey.  Many years of childhood are spent gaining the experiences of 'i exist'.  Think of the delight of a child bursting bubbles, "I exist and that exists.  I'll touch it and it no longer exists. "  That surprised look is the moment we discover our existence has an influence on others.  

i exist
is it me or the great
I am?

questions lead to more questions 
invisible answers wait

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Sunday, May 15, 2016

ancient walls

Carpe Diem's Theme Week 4: (1) Latifa Prayer, introduction


This is a theme week at CDHK, Our host will guide us to explore the Latifa Prayer.  The following is the prayer.

I exist
I desire
I hope
I believe and I trust
I let go
I love
I am prepared



Our host has an explanation you can read here.  Or you can read this.  This is not a prayer or concept with which I am familiar.  It will be a real experience to learn about this approach to mediation, self growth and awareness.  My mind is still moving through Europe and the things we saw, the faith, the absence of faith, the grudges held over the centuries and the folks that just want peace.

ancient walls
covered in parables
speak to those who see

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock



Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


prayer beans

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 16th: "cold barren garden" by Milan Rajkumar





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inspiration:
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Yesterday (May15th) we had a wonderful haiku by Yozakura, a not so well known classical haiku poet, so today I have chosen to challenge you with a haiku by a modern haiku poet and member of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai family, Milan Rajkumar. Maybe you can remember this haiku as part of our first Carpe Diem Theme Week about the Tibetan Book of the Death.

cold barren garden
ah! I don't have to worry
coix seed beads in hand


© Milan Rajkumar


Coix seed beads

Here is my (Chèvrefeuille) attempt:

cold barren garden
ah! I don't have to worry
coix seed beads in hand                              (Milan Rajkumar)

whispering voices praying 
the sound of coix seed beads                       (Chèvrefeuille)

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response:

cold barren garden
ah! I don't have to worry
coix seed beads in hand                              (Milan Rajkumar)

with narled knuckles she waits
for the answer to her prayers                         (janice)


Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI



Saturday, May 14, 2016

feeling alone



Carpe Diem Tan Renga Month May 15th "feeling alone" by Yozakura



feeling alone 
in the woods around Edo 
just the autumn wind       
© Yozakura (1640-1716)

through the bare branches
I see the dragon-kites       
© Chèvrefeuille

feeling alone 
in the woods around Edo 
just the autumn wind        
© Yozakura (1640-1716)

the single leaf tumbles by
searching for a pile of friends   ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Friday, May 13, 2016

blackberry summers

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 14th 'taste of nature' by Sara McNulty


Cousin and Hubby have the bond of their twin parents.  Hubby's dad and Cousin's mom were a birth with a surprise bonus for Grandma back in 1916.  'Hardly enough diapers for one little own two', Grandma one mused.  Cousin's Mom had died too young leaving her three small children ages 2, 4 and 5 in the care of their father.  Grandma, aunts and uncles stepped up to care for the little ones.  On the downside of middle age, Cousin recalled summers spent with Grandma.  Wild blackberry bushes were abundant in the rocky soils of the hundred year family farm.  Berry picking was such a treasured memory for Cousin.  But more so the berry cobblers made by Grandma

taste of nature -
sweet blackberry bushes
sing to child and bees       
© Sara McNulty


one dropped in grandma's apron
two popped in the child's mouth!   ©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock 

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI


Thursday, May 12, 2016

the cool breeze

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 13th: "the cool breeze" by Onitsura


the cool breeze
fills the empty vault of heaven
with the voice of the pine tree 


© Onitsura
And I (Chèvrefeuille) have tried to create the second stanza to make the scene complete, but I don't know if I have succeeded.
Sunrise on the Danube, 4-3-2016

the cool breeze
fills the empty vault of heaven
with the voice of the pine tree
              © Onitsura


a symphony of nature's music
skylarks join in praising the Lord 
     © Chèvrefeuille
   
 


Here is the petra domina attempt:

the cool breeze
fills the empty vault of heaven
with the voice of the pine tree  
© Onitsura

while the young doe gives birth to
a pair of spotted fawns .

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI