Saturday, February 13, 2016

Haiku Shuukan Extra February 2016

This weblog will be temporarily closed because of lack of time. I hope to re-open this weblog later this year.

My excuses

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Haiku Shuukan #37 Time

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time I hadn't the opportunity to post another episode of our weekly Haiku Shuukan. And time isn't at my side. I have to much to do. I am an oncology nurse and of course the owner and host of the daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, the base of the most weblogs I have created. Haiku Shuukan is part of what I love to call the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family and here I try to inspire you through weekly posts.

This week I have a nice quote by Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) for your inspiration. Khalil Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire (north of modern-day Lebanon), to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran(Rahmeh). As a young man Khalil emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.

He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.

Kahlil Gibran

He has written a lot of novels full of philosophical texts and the quote I love to challenge you with is from "Sand and Foam" (1926), it's not so well known as his "The Prophet", but has a lot of wonderful words.

Here is the quote for your inspiration:

[...] "We measure time according to the movement of countless suns; and they measure time by little machines in their little pockets. Now tell me, how could we ever meet at the same place at the same time?" [...]
And this is what I came up with:

seasons come and go
every year again, without changes,
the circle of life

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until January 20th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #36 the cry of an eagle

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has been a while, but I finally have found time to bring Haiku Shuukan alive again. Haiku Shuukan is a weekly haiku meme with it's base in the Carpe Diem Haiku Family. I will try to bring every tuesday an all new episode here at Haiku Shuukan and this week I have chosen to use a haiku which I wrote myself to inspire you.

This haiku I published at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) as the closure of a story about a young shaman who lives in the Altai Mountains. Maybe you have visited CDHK recently than you have seen that last month (November 2015) all our prompts were based on shamnism, tengrism and the Altai Mountains. Feel free to visit CDHK.

whispering leaves
telling all wisdom of the steppes -
cry of an eagle

© Chèvrefeuille
This episode of Haiku Shuukan is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Tuesday December 8th at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us all here at our Haiku Shuukan. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #35 Cherry Blossoms

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week's Haiku Shuukan episode I love to challenge you to write an all new haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired by an image.
For those who know Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK), this challenge is comparible with the special CDHK feature: CD-Imagination.

Here is the image to inspire you:

Credits: Cherry Blossoms
At CDHK this week we will visit a Hanami or "cherry blossom viewing" as part of our festivities around the third anniversary of CDHK.

through morning mist
cherry blossoms look mysterious -
ah! that perfume

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 11th 7.00 PM (CET). Have fun!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Haiku Shuukan #34 survival

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

My excuses for not posting last Sunday September 13th, maybe that's also a choice to survive. As you all know I am hosting a daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai which gobbles a lot of my time. So to give this revival of Haiku Shuukan a chance to survive I have decided to make this a two weekly "poetry" meme.

Our prompt for this week is survival and that can mean a lot, but in present time I think this is the most important rule in our world. Look at the refugees from all over the world were the heat is on, for example: the Southern-East European and Asian countries ... they all will survive ...

As I was preparing this episode I thought of "I Will Survive"

Well ... I hope this episode will inspire you to write haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form. Have fun!

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 3rd at noon (CET).

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Haiku Shuukan # 33 Alone

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Haiku Shuukan. After almost a year I have decided to revive this weblog and so here is the first prompt of a revived Haiku Shuukan, alone.I love to challenge you all to write a haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry form inspired on this new prompt alone and I also have a picture to help you to become inspired.

Credits: Alone
And of course I will try to write my own inspired poem, haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form. So here is my inspired poem for this episode, alone.

without you
the world will never be the same
alone with my thoughts
I will miss you more and more
perfume of Honeysuckle

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... I hope I have inspired you and I hope to see you all very often here again. This episode of Haiku Shuukan is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Sunday September 13th at noon (CET).

Friday, December 19, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #32, "HUM"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week I haven't had enough time to post on time here at Haiku Shuukan. My apologies for that, but sometimes time is not at my side.
This week we will close our journey along the six (6) sounds of the greatest mantra I know "Om Mani Padme Hum". This week "hum" is the prompt and it stands for purifying aggression and hatred (hell realm) as you can read here after:

Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).

And with this wonderful video we come at the end of our quest through this wonderful mantra ... this was also the last episode of this year here at Haiku Shuukan. I have to think it over if I will prolong this weekly haiku meme. Through lack of time and of course our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I can't promise you to be back here at Haiku Shuukan. Maybe I will migrate it to Wordpress and let it become one with our weekly haiku meme "Tackle It Tuesday" at Wordpress. We will see ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until the end of this year on December 31st at noon (CET).