Fairy Tale “Behind The Waterfall” February 20th 2015

Good day,

let me first introduce myself to you all, my name is Kristjaan, and my penname is “Chèvrefeuille”, I am a haiku poet living in The Netherlands. I am married and father of four and granddad of seven. I write haiku since the late eighties and in 2005 I wrote my first English haiku. Since then I became a well-known haiku poet around the globe and in 2011 ten haiku were included in a worldwide anthology, “Spasms Of Light”, it was really awesome to see my haiku in such a high standard anthology.
In 2012 I started Carpe Diem Haiku Kai a daily haiku meme. And now 2015 I will become part of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and be your host for the Fairy Tale prompts on Fridays.

I am looking forward to a great time and I hope to inspire you all.

From Oku no Hosomichi
Urami no Taki (The Waterfall Seen From Behind)

Here is (my first) Fairy Tale prompt “behind the waterfall”

for a while
confined behind the waterfall
summer’s start

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Of course I had to use a haiku for my first Fairy Tale episode. The above haiku is from the haibun “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (Oku No Hosomichi) which Basho started to write in 1689. This haiku he wrote at a waterfall named “Urami no Taki” (the waterfall seen from behind) and that’s what I love to use for this episode.

Imagine that you are behind the waterfall. There is a secret path. Follow that path through the mountain. At the end of the path you find a wonderful garden. It looks like paradise, but it’s also a magical garden in which fairy tale figures are living together. Imagine this garden. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? You have been invited to attend a cherry blossom party … Write a short story, a poem or maybe a haiku in which you tell about your adventure in this secret and magical garden behind the waterfall.

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Good luck!


  1. Great to see you here Chevrefeuille. I really like your prompt but as usual, have gone off on a tangent. I hope you enjoy it anyway 🙂


  2. Almost a week late, I finally have a response to your wonderfully whimsical fairy tale prompt. (Though I haven’t posted it yet). I’m looking forward to your fairy tale imagination.


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