Friday, October 31, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #27, Om

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Here is our new episode of Haiku Shuukan. I love to take you with me into the realm of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Buddhism/Lamaism. And first I love to look with you all to the wellknown mantra Om Mani Padme Hum which has the following meaning:

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).

This wonderful mantra has six (6) syllables, which stand for six (6) Paramitas. "Om" stands for generosity and purifies pride/ego. The color which belongs to "Om" is white and it stands for the deity of Wisdom.

My attempt to write a haiku inspired on "Om" ...:

entering Heavens
finally purified and without ego
I became wise

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... it's a wonderful mantra and I hope to read all wonderful haiku inspired on "Om". This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday November 7th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, "Ma", later that day. For now ... have fun!

Friday, October 17, 2014

haiku Shuukan #26 Zapateado

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's almost over our first 26 weeks of Haiku Shuukan. Today I will share the last prompt of these 26 weeks, Zapateado.

After this week's prompt I will try to create a new prompt-list for Haiku Shuukan until the last Friday of this year ... Why? I am having second thoughts about this weekly haiku meme ... I don't know yet if I am going on with this weekly meme ...

I have created a new logo by the way for the upcoming weeks here it is:

Zapateado is a kind of dance ... it's a dance from Spain and Mexico and it's similar with Flamenco and tap-dance. Here I have a nice video with Zapateado ... dancers ... it's a short video, but it gives you an idea what Zapateado is.

What a joyful dance this is ... it's a bit similar with "The Lord of the Dance", Irish folk-dance .... but I like this Zapateado more

under the full moon
zapateado-dancers celebrating -
summer solstice

© Chèvrefeuille

Well ... what do you think of this haiku?
This episode will be open for your submissions October 17th at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday October 24th at noon (CET).

Friday, October 10, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #25, Youngsters

Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week there is a lot to do around Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, our daily haiku-meme. I am busy to "renovate" that weblog together with the contributors there. It's exciting to make plans for CDHK and doing it together with the contributors is just a joy.

This week's prompt for Haiku Shuukan is Youngsters .... and I think I only will give the prompt and a haiku written by myself for your inspiration.

cherry blossoms bloom,
under an avalanche of pinkish flowers
their first kiss

© Chèvrefeuille

Credits: Cherry Blossoms at Newark
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday October 17th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #24, Xenolith

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our prompt for today, Xenolith, will not be an easy one. I had to search on the Internet to find something about this prompt. And I found the following about Xenolith at Wikipedia.

A xenolith (Ancient Greek:  “foreign rock”) is a rock fragment which becomes enveloped in a larger rock during the latter's development and hardening. In geology, the term xenolith is almost exclusively used to describe inclusions in igneous rock during magma emplacement and eruption. Xenoliths may be engulfed along the margins of a magma chamber, torn loose from the walls of an erupting lava conduit or explosive diatreme or picked up along the base of a flowing lava on Earth's surface. A xenocryst is an individual foreign crystal included within an igneous body. Examples of xenocrysts are quartz crystals in a silica-deficient lava and diamonds within kimberlite diatremes.
Although the term xenolith is most commonly associated with igneous inclusions, a broad definition could include rock fragments which have become encased in sedimentary rock. Xenoliths are sometimes found in recovered meteorites.

Credits: Xenolith
To be considered a true xenolith, the included rock must be identifiably different from the rock in which it is enveloped; an included rock of similar type is called an autolith or a cognate inclusion.
Xenoliths and xenocrysts provide important information about the composition of the otherwise inaccessible mantle. Basalts, kimberlites, lamproites and lamprophyres, which have their source in the upper mantle, often contain fragments and crystals assumed to be a part of the originating mantle mineralogy. Xenoliths of dunite, peridotite and spinel lherzolite in basaltic lava flows are one example. Kimberlites contain, in addition to diamond xenocrysts, fragments of lherzolites of varying composition. The aluminium-bearing minerals of these fragments provide clues to the depth of origin. Calcic plagioclase is stable to 25 km depth. Between 25 km and about 60 km, spinel is the stable aluminium phase. At depths greater than about 60 km, dense garnet becomes the aluminium-bearing mineral. Some kimberlites contain xenoliths of eclogite, which is considered to be the high-pressure metamorphic product of oceanic basaltic crust, as it descends into the mantle along subduction zones (Blatt, 1996).

I hope you can write/compose a haiku with this prompt ... I couldn't ....

This episode is open for your submissions today at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday 
October 10th at noon (CET). Have fun ... be inspired and share ... Our next week's prompt will be "Youngsters".