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Dear friends,

This WP blog will be closed for a while. I don’t have time at the moment to keep it going. For those who love Japanese poetry … you are invited to visit Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.



Carpe Diem’s Tanka Splendor #6 departure



Dear friends,

Welcome at a new episode of CD’s Tanka Splendor. It has been a while that I tried to challenge you here. So for this episode I have chosen to use the same theme “departure” as is / was the theme of Carpe Diem’s Autumn Retreat 2017.

Try to create a tanka themed DEPARTURE, it can be relating to autumn, but you can also use other explanations of departure e.g.

leaving home
to find the path of wisdom
I enter the train-station
just one look over my shoulder
to return after I find the truth

(c) Chèvrefeuille

And now .. it’s your turn. Have fun!

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 http://www.ahapoetry.com

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).