Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #5 summertime


Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Tanka Splendor, our special feature here at WP’s part of our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family. Spring is running towards its end and it is almost summer. For this Tanka Splendor I have chosen a nice theme “summertime”. The goal is to create a tanka themed summertime.


An example:

after a hot day
the deserted beach cools down
rain falls gently
boats of fishermen appear
the night belongs to them

© Chèvrefeuille

And now it is up to you to create a Tanka. A Tanka is a five-lined Japanese poem following the syllables-count 5-7-5-7-7, but as you maybe know you don’t need to follow that syllables-count.

Enjoy …!

You can respond until next Saturday May 27th 10:00 PM (CET)

Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #4 new life



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

A new episode of our Tanka Splendor feature. Spring is on its way and we are running towards Easter, so today I love to challenge you to create a tanka themed “new life”.

“NEW LIFE” … let your muse out.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 19th at 10:00 PM (CET). Have fun!

Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #3, March 4th 2017 … fragile beauty



Dear friends,

It has been a while that I posted here, because I haven’t enough time and to much weblogs to take care of. This Tanka Splendor episode “fragile beauty” I hope to inspire you with one of my own tanka I recently created for one of the posts at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai where we are exploring the beauty of Persian poetry this month.

fragile beauty
climbing against the fence
moonflower straightens
with her snow white blossom
to the Summer moon

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is titled “fragile beauty” and that title was taken from this tanka. Try to create a new tanka with this theme.

Have fun!

Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #2 Cherry Blossom

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© Chèvrefeuille

Dear friends, dear tanka poets,

It is my pleasure to bring a new Tanka Splendor challenge to you. This time I have chosen for the theme Cherry Blossom. I have an old Sakura in my backyard and I love it when it starts to bloom. Last year my Sakura bloomed at the end of February and that, of course, was worth a celebration.
I have written a lot of haiku about Cherry Blossoms, but I cannot recall that I have ever written a Tanka about Cherry Blossoms … so i think it is time for me to create my first Cherry Blossom tanka.

fading moonlight
caresses the fragile blossoms
finally spring
my Sakura has started to bloom
time to celebrate and dance

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … and now it is up to you. You can submit your tanka inspired on Cherry Blossoms until next Sunday February 12th 10.00 PM (CET).

PS.: I have a small problem with inserting the linking widget, but I hope to solve that a.s.a.p.

Tanka Splendor #1 winter love



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As promised I love to challenge you all to create tanka here at this new part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family, Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor. I have chosen this name not only to promote tanka, but also to honor Jane Reichhold who had a Tanka Splendor event on her website

This week I love to challenge you to create a tanka with the theme “winter love”. For example I have a tanka written by myself here on “winter love”:

the silence deepens
as the night falls like a blanket
upon a white world
the light of the Christmas trees
reflecting and sparkling

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … I hope you are inspired …

You can submit your tanka for this first episode of Tanka Splendor on WP until December 17th at noon (CET).

A New Name and Goal for Haiku Shuukan.



Dear Haijin, visitors and trvalers,

It is my pleasure to inform you that our former part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family, Haiku Shuukan, is back in business. I have re-created this part of our CDHK Family to give a place to Tanka. From today on this part of the CDHK Family will be known as Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor after the special CDHK month Tanka Splendor in which I introduced the Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika.

I hope to challenge you here often to create Tanka. I will post the first challenge later on this week as I am out of the nightshift.



Haiku Shuukan will stop



Dear friends and followers,

It’s with pain in my heart that I have decided to close this weblog at the end of this month. It’s not because of lack of inspiration, but it’s the lack of time.
Next to Haiku Shuukan I have several other weblogs one of them takes a lot of time and is more close to my heart than Haiku Shuukan.
If you like to write and share haiku, tanka or another Japanese poetry form than please feel free to visit Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, my daily haiku meme at blogspot.

I love to thank you all for participating in Haiku Shuukan and for the love shared through this weblog.

Chèvrefeuille, your host

Haiku Shuukan July 15th Bhumisparsha mudra



Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our bi-weekly haiku meme Haiku Shuukan. This week I start with a new series here at Haiku Shuukan … all about Mudras. This episode is the first of those series and it’s about one of the most known hand gestures, or Mudras. Let me first try to explain what a Mudra is:

A mudra in Buddha statues is a gesture and body posture holding special meanings and commemorating few of the important moments in the Buddha’s life. One of the most common and popular mudras which are found depicted in Buddha statues is the Bhumisparshamudra, translated as the earth touching gesture. Buddha statues with this mudra are commonly known as the “earth-witness” Buddha and these iconographic representations are one of the most popular Buddhas you can find anywhere in the world.
In Buddha statues with the Bhumisparshamudra, the Buddha, more specifically, the historical Shakyamuni Buddha is seen seated with his right hand as a pendant over the right knee reaching toward the ground with the palm inward while touching the lotus throne. In the meantime, the left hand can be seen with the palm upright in his lap. This gesture represents the moment of the Buddha’s awakening as he claims the earth as the witness of his enlightenment. Just before he realized enlightenment, it is believed that the demon Mara tried to frighten him with the armies of demons and monsters including his daughters who tried to tempt him to get out of meditation under the Bodhi tree. While the demon king Mara claimed the throne of enlightenment for himself, his demon army claimed to be the witness for Mara’s enlightenment. Mara then challenged Siddhartha about the witness. Then the former prince reached out his right hand to touch the earth as it is believed that the earth itself roared “I bear you the witness!” Hearing the roar from the earth herself, the demon king disappeared. The following morning saw the first appearance of the one who is awakened, the Buddha. Hence, it is believed that the Bhumisparshamudra, or “the earth witness” mudra commemorates the Buddha’s victory over the temptation by the demon King Mara.


In Buddhism, it is believed that the Bhumisparshamudra helps us to bring about the transformation from rage and anger to wisdom.

in touch with the earth
feeling the soothing coolness
on bare feet

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open at noon (CET) and will remain open until July 29th at noon (CET). Have fun!

Haiku Shuukan June 18th 2015, G.R.A.C.E. step 5 ENGAGE



Engage, enact ethically. Then end the interaction and allow for emergence of the next step. This is the final step in Joan Halifax’s G.R.A.C.E. method. And it’s all about closure.

at last
no more tears to shed
new beginnings

© Chèvrefeuille

This last step has two parts and here is a short description of the two parts of “Engage”:

Part 1: Engage and enact. Compassionate action emerges from the sense of openness, connectedness, and discernment you have created. This action might be a recommendation, an open question about values, or a proposal for how to spend the remaining time with this person. You co-create with the other person a dynamic, morally grounded situation, characterized by mutuality, trust, and consistent with your values and ethics; you draw on your expertise, intuition, and insight, and you look for common ground consistent with your values and supportive of mutual integrity. What emerges is principled compassion: mutual, respectful of all persons involved, and as well practical and actionable.

Part 2: End the interaction. Mark the end of the interaction with this person; release, let go, breathe out. Explicitly recognize internally when the encounter is over, so that you can move cleanly to the next interaction or task; this recognition can be marked by attention to your out-breath. While the next step might be more than you expected would be possible or disappointingly small, notice that, acknowledge what transpired. Without acknowledgement of what unfolded, it will be difficult to let go of this encounter and move on.

Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax

We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival. My hope is that the G.R.A.C.E. model will help you to actualize compassion in your own life and that the impact of this will ripple out to benefit the people with whom you interact each day as well as countless others.

This is were it is all about … compassion … Right now to me this feeling of compassion is only what I feel in my work as an oncology nurse, but that compassion I don’t have towards/with the managers of our unit and hospital. The only thing they see is money … the people on the floor, nurses and doctors are there just to bring money into the pocket.
Of course I have a unit-head, a nice one I would say, but she is the mediator between the people on the floor and the management … for sure not my job. I feel compassion with her, she just acts how she has been instructed by her boss.

compassionate eyes
through tears a smile breaks through
a joyful day

© Chèvrefeuille

This Haiku Shuukan episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 2nd at noon (CET).

Haiku Shuukan May 28 2015, Considering, what will serve (G.R.A.C.E. part 4)


Joan Halifax

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It’s Wednesday again and it’s time for a new bi-weekly Haiku Shuukan episode. Several weeks ago I introduced Joan Halifax’s model for life G.R.A.C.E. to you all. And this week I will look at the C of this acronym.

The C stands for Considering, what will serve. And this is what it means:

Consider what will really serve the other person by being truly present for this one and letting insights arise.

As the encounter with the other person unfolds, notice what the other person might be offering in this moment. What are you sensing, seeing, learning? Ask yourself: What will really serve here? Draw on your expertise, knowledge, and experience, and at the same time, be open to seeing things in a fresh way. This is a diagnostic step, and as well, the insights you have may fall outside of a predictable category. Don’t jump to conclusions too quickly.

In this part of G.R.A.C.E the focus is on the other. Look at him/her with an open mind and heart. What does he/she radiate to you. Is it sadness, wisdom, happiness, hope and so on. Try to come in touch with the other.

It’s like haiku. Imagine a beautiful garden full of flowers in full bloom and in all the colors we know. Walk into that garden … open all you senses and see, smell, hear, touch and taste what you see, what the garden is offering you. Become one with it … step into the energy of the flowers, the bees, other insects and the warmth of the sun. And than … there it is the surprise, the “aha-erlebnis” that short moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water. Maybe it’s a deer or a cat or some bird which triggered your surprise.

You feel the moment … or as I look again to the C of G.R.A.C.E you feel the other, you really feel the other and you come in close contact with his/her energy … there you both are … in contact with each other and with an open heart and mind … on the same level …

butterfliesalmost as one
courting butterflies on poppies –
summer afternoon

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions today, May 28th, at noon (CET) and will remain open until June 10th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, the E from G.R.A.C.E, later on that day.