Thursday, January 19, 2017

Carpe Diem #1129 friendship

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

We all need friends and friendships. Friends are necessary, because in times of sadness and joy you can depend on them. In times of sorrow they will comfort us. In times of joy and happiness, they will be celebrating with us. Friends ... we all need them.

In "The Pilgrimage" by Paulo Coelho, Paulo develops a friendship with his guide Petrus. They are on the Road to Santiago together and they will help each other to conquer the "devils" on their path, but they will also be happy together, or cry together. That's friendship.

Friendship isn't easy, it's a continuous "battle" to keep your friendship alive. Of course there will be friends who don't want to give energy to hold their friendship alive. If you have such a friend, let him go (is what Petrus, Paulo's guide says) he / she is not your friend, at least not your real friend.

In times of sadness you get to know who your real friends are, because they will stay close to you, they will comfort you, they will cry with you and they will give you new energy to go on.
As you all know my dad died last year, as did Jane Reichhold, it made me very sad and I wept a lot, I became depressed and I saw "friends" go, because they couldn't handle my sadness and my tears ... at the end of that period I had only one friend left ... Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This warmhearted and loving virtual family became my friend ... and that makes me feel alive again.

Friendship ... cherish your friends, cherish them because they will always be there for you not only in life, but also after life ...

[...] ‘Once, a poet said that no man is an island. In order to fight the good fight, we need help. We need friends, and when the friends aren’t nearby, we have to turn solitude into our main weapon. We need the help of everything around us in order to take the necessary steps toward our goal. Everything has to be a personal manifestation of our will to win the good fight. If we don’t
understand that, then we don’t recognize that we need everything and everybody, and we become arrogant warriors. And our arrogance will defeat us in the end, because we will be so sure of ourselves that we won’t see the pitfalls there on the field of battle.’ [...] (Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Isn't it wonderful? Friends forever always there to give a helping hand in all things that happen.

they fall one by one
and become one

© Chèvrefeuille (from my archives)

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Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) B.) musical chord (tanka)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at the second episode of this special Theme Week in honor of the 80th birthday of Jane Reichhold, queen of haiku and tanka. Jane passed away last summer, but if she would have been alive she would have become 80 on January 18th 2017. As you all know Jane is in my heart forever. Without her Carpe Diem Haiku Kai wouldn't have become "the best website on haiku and tanka" on the WWW.

We all know her from her beautiful haiku writing skills, she really has written wonderful haiku. I hope to become that great myself once, but until than I will bow my head in admiration of her beautiful haiku.
Jane didn't write only haiku, she also was a great tanka poetess and a great renga master / poetess. Today I love to inspire you with tanka written by Jane and I hope you all will honor her with tanka inspired on her tanka. I have ran through the many beauties by Jane and I ran into a few wonderful tanka.

flowered wind
in your wild hair
the will of love
as a bright nimbus
frames your rosy face

flowing over the mountains
wind in rain
the moaning of mothers
harsh breath among tears

musical chord
footsteps on the threshold
where growing up
a house once held a warmth
hearts beating alone together

face of the moon
in the hot tub
a swirl of bubbles
where one naked body moves
a liquid night-time sky

breaking to bits
fallen leaves
drawn down to earth
a hammered silver circle

© Jane Reichhold (A gift of Tanka)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Carpe Diem #1128 Imagine the Road to Santiago

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I haven't enough time today to create a full episode of today's CDHK month in which we are on our Road to Santiago, a beautiful pilgrimage. While we are walking this Road we are reading "The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho.

I love to inspire you today with only an image, say this is an episode of Carpe Diem Imagination. Here is the image to inspire you. It is taken somewhere along the Road to Santiago.

Somewhere along the Road to Santiago
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Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) A.) already red

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

As I promised you I would like to honor Jane Reichhold with a special Theme Week around her 80th birthday. As Jane would be still alive then she would have turned 80 today. Today is Jane's birthday, January 18th. This is the reason why I will create a week of special CDHK episodes to honor Jane, whom is still missed by the haiku world and by me and several others.
For this special Theme Week I have created a nice logo (I think):

As you all know Jane died by her own choice last year at the end of July. She will be missed forever. Jane was a great inspiration to me and my mentor. She meant a lot for the growth of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and she will be here forever, her spirit will always be with us ...

I have only nice and precious memories of her and I remember that I first came in contact with her short after the start of CDHK. Before that moment I never had heard of her, but when I got to know her I have read all she has written. She even became our co-host here at CDHK.

Today I love to honor her with a few wonderful winter haiku:

the amaryllis bud
already red

already red
melted snow water
trickling over the veins
of a dried beech leaf

moving around
the wind in the pines
comes home

© Jane Reichhold

Three beauties I would say. Jane was a very gifted and loved haiku poetess ... she will always be in my heart.

I cherish the beauty of a queen red amaryllis

© Chèvrefeuille

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Carpe Diem #1127 penitence

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

The Road to Santiago, one of the most famous (and most  beautiful) pilgrimages has secrets, but also along the way you can find wonderful villages, cities and beautiful places like churches and cloisters. Somewhere along the Road to Santiago you encounter a village named Osbanos where you can find a church devoted to Felicia of Aquitaine. In that church built somewhere in the 12th century a murder took place. Here is that story told by an old wise man which Paulo and Petrus met along the Road.


[...] ‘Right there. That’s the exact spot where love was murdered,’ said the old man, pointing to a small church built into the rocks.
The heat of the day was almost unbearable, and in all of the bars and villages where we stopped, the people complained about the drought. Because of the heat, we adopted the Spanish custom of the siesta and rested between two and four in the afternoon when the sun was at its hottest.
That afternoon, as we sat in an olive grove, the old man had come up to us and offered us a taste of wine. In spite of the heat, the habit of drinking wine had been part of life in that region for centuries.
‘What do you mean, love was murdered there?’ I asked, since the old man seemed to want to strike up a conversation.
‘Many centuries ago, a princess who was walking the Road to Santiago, Felicia of Aquitaine, decided, on her way back to Compostela, to give up everything and live here. She was love itself, because she divided all of her wealth among the poor people of the region and began to care for the sick.’
‘Her brother, Duke Guillermo, was sent by their father to bring her home. But Felicia refused to go. In desperation, the duke fatally stabbed her there in that small church that you can see in the distance; she had built it with her own hands in order to care for the poor and offer praise to God.
‘When he came to his senses and realized what he had done, the duke went to Rome to ask the pope’s forgiveness. As penitence, the pope ordered him to walk to Compostela. Then a curious thing happened: on his way back, when he arrived here, he had the same impulse as his sister, and he stayed on, living in that little church that his sister had built, caring for the poor until the last days of his long life.’ [...]
(Source: The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho)

Isn't it a wonderful story? Here the one who murdered love, his own sister, walks the Road and suddenly, how curious, he becomes the same as his sister ... This is what love can do with you when you are walking the Road to Santiago. It's a walk to enlightenment, to recover from all what happened in your life. At the end of the Road, there is light, there is the revelation that you are a good person, full of unconditional love.

first narcissus blooms conquering the long cold winter a new life starts

© Chèvrefeuille

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