An Artist, Photographer, Writer, Poet

Category Archives: Carpe Diem ~ haiku

Photo from prompt.


My Response to the Prompt


man’s will to survive
strong at the broken places
man made walls crumble




I was a senior in High School when the Berlin Wall went up.

It was for me unimaginable to think what it would be like and

of being behind a wall I could see where I want to be

and not being able to get across it in any way.  You can’t get ther

from here.  

The heart break and suffering of those left behind …

trying to put my self in that place.  And wonder if I, myself,

would be strong at the broken places of my heart and soul





The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Our time challenging feature for this Sunday, June 28th, Time Glass, is The Wall Berlin. Why? My youngest son was at Berlin this weekend, because a friend of him has his bachelor-party there. They had fun and unknowingly he (and his friends) brought me this Time Glass prompt. You have just 24 hours to respond on the prompt given, The Wall Berlin, and the given photo with a haiku. Have fun!

Posted by





photo (c) 2014 Saradunn


My Response to the Prompt


lilies greet the sun
blue heron watches
secluded lagoon




The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I started to prepare this new episode, lagoon,

the first thing which came in mind was the motion picture “The Blue Lagoon”,

with Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in 1980.

I remember that there was a lot to do around this motion picture,

because of the nudity scenes in this movie.

As a teenager, in 1980 I was 17 yrs,

I remember that I was excited,

because nudity in such an American movie wasn’t done until than.


Our prompt for today is lagoon

and here are a few haiku which Jane has used

in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”.

at the edge of the lagoon
the wind stops

the name makes kayaks wiggle
with laughter

© Jane Reichhold

Not a long episode this time and also no haiku by my self …

lack of time and inspiration …

I hope this episode will inspire you however.

Posted by



My Response to Prompts

beach breezes
waves gently lap
day of solitude
listen ~ seagulls
chattering in groups
lookout ~  guards
tide changes
breeze on shore
days end ~ all’s well

.Tokubetsudesu gives me the OPPORTUNITY  to bring back special

features we have had here at our Haiku Kai.

This week that ‘former’ feature will be Carpe Diem’s Vision Quest.

Do you remember that feature?

Three days on a row to write haiku

inspired on a theme and for every part only 24 hours

to respond

and if possible with a slight sauce of cohesion

to bind the three haiku together.

So for this Tokubetsudesu episode I love to challenge you to go on a Vision Quest with me.

There is only a slightly little difference with the original feature.

You have to use the three prompts, all with the same theme,

in three different haiku

and there has to be some cohesion that binds the three haiku together.
For this challenge I will give you 24 hours extra time to respond.

Here is the theme: at the seashore and these are the three prompts you have to use:

1. waves
2. seagulls
3. sundown



My response to the prompt:

gift of sight
clear skies on coast
star gazing amazing
amazing patterns
bright sparkles over head
child-like wonder
on a clear night
seeing the heavens light up
just a breath away



Note from Saradunn

Following my cataract surgery I experienced

many miracles.  The vision of the stars that filled in the gaps

in my previous “normal” sight, I slowly realized what others

could see and how they could identify the patterns in the heavens.

A never tiring experience of wonder for me.



The Prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I like to gaze at the stars, not only in summer,

but through the whole year, but especially in summer stargazing,

as is our prompt for today, is a great activity.

Together with the one you love for example,

or just with friends, No clouds at the night sky, the sultry summer night,

the sweetPERFUME of trees, flowers and bushes.

Just an awesome feeling … surly worth doing sometimes (or more than sometimes).

On Shamrock Haiku I found a wonderful haiku written by Konstantin Kedrov about stargazing:

tired of stargazing,
I look down –
puddle full of stars

© Konstantin Kedrov

And I remember a beautiful tanka by Greg Wolford, one of our CDHK family members,

which he wrote in response on our first episode of “On The Trail With Basho Encore”:

stars twinkle in the distance
memories flash by
times filled with our hopes and dreams
and innocence reigned supreme

© Greg Wolford

Stargazing it looks like everyone likes it and so do I as I told you above.

There is no night for me without gazing to the stars.

I love to point my children and grandchildren to the constellations

and the individual stars like e.g. Venus.

Of course the classical haiku poets like Basho, Buson, Issa and Chiyo-Ni

for example wrote haiku about stargazing

especially around the Tanabata Festival (a traditional Japanese stargazing festival)

on July 7th for example this one by Issa:

kakurega mo hoshi machi-gao no yo nari keri


at the hermit’s hut, too–
an upturned face awaits
the stars

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

And I just had to share a haiku by Basho,

which he wrote while gazing at the stars on Tanabata:

sazo na hoshi   hiji kimono ni wa   shika no kawa

surely star-lovers
using as a rug
a deer skin

© Basho


Well … we are still discovering the beauty of the modern kigo

as gathered by Jane Reichhold in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”

and today our prompt is stargazing and these are her examples:

coming inside
after star gazing
my glow

our galaxy
in a folding chair
a star gazer

© Jane Reichhold

Awesome to read all those wonderful examples of haiku on stargazing …

all those different styles … thoughts and ideas behind it …. just awesome.

I had to share a haiku by myself, but I wasn’t inspired enough,

so I have an “oldie” for you all which I wrote in response on a haiku by Kala Ramesh

(one of our featured haiku-poets):

late summer night
wind chime resonates through the night –
stars shine bright

© Chèvrefeuille






My response to the prompt:

sun and rain
warmth of season
recovery to health


pine cones
basking in the sun
new life plentiful


bobbing branches
songs from within
birds rejoicing


note by Saradunn
The past winter on the Downeast Coast of Maine

was especially difficult for all trees including pines…

recovery is seen in many

including the one that towers, tho less so,

over my house.



The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I wasn’t aware that pines were a season word for summer,

because I only had the imagination that pines were more of winter,

but Jane Reichhold puts them here in summer.

We are exploring the modern kigo for summer

as gathered by Jane in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”

and these are a few examples of her haiku

on this modern summer kigo:

a tearing sound
a pine cone OPENS
to the heat

the pine shares its fragrance
mid-day shade

reaching for the sun
the great pine’s shadow
shapes the tree

the tea
in a pine needle cup

© Jane Reichhold

And of course I just had to share a few “pine”-haiku by Basho:

pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Or this beauty:

pine wind
needles falling on the water’s
cool sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

And than there is this wonderful haiku on pine by Issa:

new summer robes–
listening to the pine breeze
they emerge

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David Lanoue)



Well …. a lot to handle,

but it was really a joy to create this post.

I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku. Ok … another haiku “hot off the press” (smiles):

seeking shelter
beneath the giant pine
midsummer rain

© Chèvrefeuille



photo:  mainethingstodo.


My response to the prompt:


sunrise ~ longest day
greet first rays on Cadillac 
mountains meet the sea





The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

nagaki hi mo saezuri taranu hibari kana

even a long day
is not enough for the singing
of a skylark

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

The above verse says it all … Today our prompt is long day/summer solstice and it points to the beginning of summer (on the Northern hemisphere). Today it’s June 21st and that’s the real start of summer. At last … summer has come … after a long period of cold and semi-cold weather …. summer is here.

I am busy with preparing our list of haiku which are submitted for the second CDHK kukai “summertime” and I hope to mail it to the participants this week, but during lack of time and being in the nightshift, I can not guarantee that. I have read wonderful haiku submitted for this kukai and I am looking forward to your judging.

Ok … back to our prompt for today long day/summer solstice … Jane shares the following haiku for this modern summer kigo (seasonword):

longer days
I love to go to sleep
with sky in my eyes

long day
the reading lamp stays

© Jane Reichhold

And these she shares on summer solstice:

a bluish shadow
our shortest night
in Norway

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun

summer solstice
the gypsy wagon bright
with music

© Jane Reichhold

All wonderful haiku as I may say so … it will not be an easy task to write/compose an all new haiku inspired on these beauties. So, forgive me, I have ran through my archives … and I found this one:

Summer Solstice
the longest day of the year
welcomed with music

© Chèvrefeuille (You can find the whole story at Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku on WP)

Observatory Robert Morris, near my home-town

and welcoming Ra –
summer solstice

© Chèvrefeuille

*) Ra is the Egyptian Sun God


photo:  flickr:  Sunrise, Wickenburg, Arizona, USA


My response to the prompt:  


prickly topiaries
nesting birds waken
saguaro sunrise




In January/February 1992 I spent six

weeks at The Meadows, in Wickenburg

Arizona, USA.  Waking early to see the

sunrise was a special treat.    Being from

the Midwest and Downeast Maine, the

saguaro cactus was fascinating with its

quirks and perks.



The prompt: Carpe Diem: desert


You will understand that our prompt for today is desert

and these are the haiku which Jane Reichhold

uses as an example for this modern summer kigo:

awakened by silence
filled with dark

in the sand
desert GIFT

YOUR voice
tying me to the desert
toast POPS UP

© Jane Reichhold

Aren’t they gorgeous?

I especially like the second haiku shared here,

because of the nice FREE style” way of composing it.

Through this free style this haiku is very strong and intense.


my own desert
re-decorating the garden
in bright sunlight

© Chèvrefeuille

A few other “desert”-haiku,

the first an oldie from my personal weblog

Chèvrefeuille’s Haiku-blog and a new (re-done) one.

in the desert
the heat, the sand … my eyes
a Fata Morgana


tears fall

lost and alone in the desert

just the moon and I

© Chèvrefeuille

Ah! The desert, one of our wonderful “eco-systems”.

I have learned to admire the desert through the posts of MMT.

Her photos and haiku have done that to me.


photo credit:  pinterest


My response to the prompt:

sunlit ferns
lily of the valley peek
buttercups salute




My morning greeting leaving the house…

the sun on the ferns, lily of the valley and

buttercups… a moment in time


The prompt:

.Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by and it’sALREADY Wednesday again …

time for a new episode of Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu

(our former Ghost Writer feature).

This week I have chosen to do a new episode of our CD Distillation feature

in which the goal is to distill haiku (or tanka) from a other (longer) poem.

And this week I have chosen for

a poem by Raymond A. Foss

titled “Translucent Ferns”:


The melting frost
ablaze in the warming
the wetness of the morning
changing the light

The ferns turned
from green to brown
from summer to autumn
but in the morning translucent
lit from behind

As the frost bleeds away
the lobes of the fern turned
warming in the light
of the autumn morning
as I rush on by

© Raymond A. Foss

Raymond has given me permission to use his poem

and he even send me a haiku he wrote after this poem,

a kind of distillation as is the goal for this week’s

Tokubetsudesu episode:

The ferns alive, clear
translucent before dying
almost likeWINDOWS

© Raymond A Foss


Posted by


Photo: (c) September 20, 2014 Saradunn…Maine Organic Farmer’s Common Ground Fair


My response to the prompt


glorious carrots

delicious ~ sweet ~ organic

local farm grown




Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to introduce an all new feature here

at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

I have called it “Carpe Diem’s Time Machine”

and it’s all about “playing again” prompts

from our rich Carpe Diem Haiku Kai history. ….

At the start of Carpe Diem (October 2012)

we had a “rainbow-week” in November.


In my country (The Netherlands)

we have our Royal Family of Orange,

orange is a strong color in my country,

but orange can also stand for a citrus fruit.

Orange flowers and more orange to see around us …

what do you think of a beautiful sunset or sunrise …


orange chrysanthemums
in full bloom standing proudly
waving in the wind

(c) Chèvrefeuille  November 2012


I have to admit that I never have had seen a orange house,

but as I was surfing the WWW

I ran in to a wonderful picture of a orange house

somewhere in Bogota.

And I had to write a haiku along going with it.



all day sunrise
what a joy to live in
my orange house

(c) Chèvrefeuille November 2012


Orange … really my color.

Here is another haiku which I wrote last year

after the World Championship Soccer in Brasil,

as you maybe remember our National Soccer team

“the Orange Lions” lost there dream

at that championship. I wrote this haiku than:


almost full moon
colors orange behind thin clouds –
scattered dreams

© Chèvrefeuille

Well … I have to take the “Time Machine” back to 2015,

because I love to share an all new haiku on “orange”:


ah! that sweet perfume

oranges and lemons –

a cool summer night

(c) Chèvrefeuille
Posted by

(an abbreviated version of his post..SBS)




photo:  (c) 2oo12 Saradunn


My response to the prompt:

with age ~  time speeds by
a wisp in life flew by
new year ~ be mindful





Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am looking forward to this year,

but I also love to look back at Last Year (Kozo) 

and that’s our prompt for today.


2014 Was, at least to me, a wonderful year …

let us hope that 2015 will bring us the same happiness …

looking back
2014 has passed away
nice thoughts remain

(c) Chèvrefeuille


our host