Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques No. 13 Riddle

The tree’s scattering
Its’ golden leaves on the ground
Naked as the moon

The circling pidgeons
Whether they go or return
Who knows might not tell

Rain out of a cloud
Now that the cloud disappears
It keeps still raining

Monday, October 5, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Special No. 171 Cor van den Heuvel's "baseball"

Passing the kid’s ground
Too occupied to see them
Too occupied, too

Catcher in the rye
Too late for a decent game
But not for the bat

Moon covered by clouds
Working much with the eclipse
Tired now, snoring

A kind of selfie during the night

Day before yesterday night I went to one of my favourite spots in Cologne. You walk there through a small forest in pitch darkness and reach a meadow. I've tried out a new camera. Exposure time for the following two pictures has been one minute. 

After starting the camera, I quickly went in front of the camera and raised my arms and stayed there for about ten seconds, the I've darted away behind the camera. I like the effect.

In this picture you can see an airplane crossing the sky to the nearby airport (CGN).

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 833 Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Frozen in ice blocks
A universe of itself
But beauty can’t last

Take me to the lake
Where ice blocks look like crystal
Bloom for a short while

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 832 Wakakusa Yamayaki (Burning down Mount Wakakusa)


Of withered plants and insects
To welcome new life

Potato harvest
Withered plants make a bonfire
Gathering with songs

The Very Basic Guide to Portuguese

Portuguese is an important language, there are about 22 Mill. Native spekers! It’s spoken in Portugal, of course, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, and other countries, which were tied to Portugal in colonial times. I won’t come to dialects as we are on the very basic level. You might have problems with the pronunciation as some vowels are omitted, some are nasalized, there are diphthongs, and there are end-S, which are pronounced as a sh. Get a feeling for this by listening to fado, samba, or spoken Portuguese.

Thanks – obrigado (m), obrigada (f) – yes, there are differences, if you’re male you say obrigado
Yes - sim
No - não
Do you speak English? - você fala Inglês?
Please – por favor
Excuse me – desculpe-me
You’re welcome – de nada
Good morning – bom dia
Good afternoon - boa tarde
Good evening/night – boa noite
Hello – olá
Goodbye – adeus or tchau
How are you? - como vai?
I would like to buy ... - eu gostaria de comprar ...
How much is it? – quanto custa isto?
Please write it down - por favor anotá-la
I don’t understand – eu não entendo
Where is – onde é
Where are the toilets? – onde é o banheiro? Or: Onde é o quarto de banho?
I'm lost - estou perdido
What is your name? – como você se chama?
My name is LMK – meu nome é LMK
Left – esquerda
Right – direita
Please call a doctor quickly - por favor, chame um médico rapidamente

Please blame any mistakes on me.

And perhaps you might want to look at this page by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/portuguese/talk/

The Very Basic Guide to Turkmenian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz http://rheumatologe.blogspot.de/2014/10/the-very-basic-guide-to-languages-of.html


Friday, October 2, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment No. 1

Here is the haiku which I love to share here for this first time Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment:

light of the full moon
shines through colored leaves
at last ... autumn
© Chèvrefeuille

Looking through black leaves on to
The moon during the eclipse

Carpe Diem Haiku Special No. 170 Michael Dylan Welch's

The moon’s late today
As the sun seems to tarry
Wild geese flying south

This clear moonlit night
The mountains feel the first frost
Cicada’s big sleep

Shooting star above
And we’re wishing like we’re kids
No one laughs us down

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 831 Ohmato Taikai (Festival of the Great Target)

The tired archer
His quiver is empty
Still shooting

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carpe Diem Haiku No. 830 New Year

Lonely sparrow’s song
Wind carrying to its flock
Into the New Year

After the fireworks
The night rests serene and dark
Then wake up New Year

Carpe diem haiku kai
Where seasons pass merrily
And masters are met