Carpe Diem Haiku *First Dream (Hatsuyume)*

Hatsuyume is the Japanese word for the first dream of the New Year. Traditionally, the contents of the dream would foretell the luck of the dreamer in the ensuing year. In Japan, the night of December 31st was often passed without sleeping, thus the hatsuyume was often the dream seen the night of January 1st. This explains why January 2nd (the day after the night of the “first dream”) is known as Hatsuyume in the traditional Japanese calendar.

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bullet-pierced walls
filled with children’ s laughter
only in dreams

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Jamie Wieland’s “the glow of the dawn”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by Jamie Weiland of “Tea, Poems and Pictures“. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it. 

as a white dove lands
words unspoken yet knowing-
                                      the glow of the dawn                       (Jamie)

insecure steps from ruins
                               remind of illusory peace                    (Ese)

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