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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!

About Chèvrefeuille

I am a Dutch haiku poet. And I am the owner and host of the weblog "Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme" on Blogger (or Blogspot). I am writing haiku since the late eighties and in 2005 I became an international known haiku poet and in 2011 ten of my haiku were included in a worldwide anthology "Spasms of Light". With that anthology I became an even more known haiku poet. In October 2012 I started my daily haiku meme.

30 comments on “Fairy Tale “Behind The Waterfall” February 20th 2015

  1. summerstommy2
    February 20, 2015

    This is a great prompt Chevrefeuille, I look forward to writing something for it. Michael


    • Chèvrefeuille
      February 20, 2015

      Thanks Michael, you have made me curious to read your response.


  2. Bastet
    February 20, 2015

    Lovely … thanks so much for such an interesting Fairy Tale prompt, Chèvrefeuille … I think maybe I’ll try to write a choka! 😉


    • Chèvrefeuille
      February 20, 2015

      Dear Georgia, I am looking forward to your choka … in a way it’s really your kind of poetry, next to haiku of course 🙂


      • Bastet
        February 20, 2015

        Thanks Chèvrefeuille … I do really love the choka very much … and it seems very suitable for a fairy tale 🙂


  3. mira65
    February 20, 2015

    This is lovely!


    • Chèvrefeuille
      February 20, 2015

      Thanks Mira … it’s my first Fairy Tale and I couldn’t resist the urge to use a haiku for it to inspire you.

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  6. Suzanne
    February 20, 2015

    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 🙂


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  8. julespaige
    February 20, 2015

    Ah, this is a perfect prompt to continue my own saga fairy tale…
    Now to write to it 🙂

    Some of the other tales I have already written to ‘Fairy Tale’ prompts for MLM can be found here:

    I shall return… behind the waterfall… maybe not today – but at least by the weekend.


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  12. julespaige
    February 20, 2015

    Here it is fine spun…
    The Evergrowth Garment


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  14. adaspoetryalcove
    February 20, 2015

    This looks intriguing. Chevrefeuille – looks like you are still keeping us on our toes and inspiring us to write more.


  15. hitandrun1964
    February 21, 2015

    I have been living behind the waterfall for many years
    I don’t truly know how many
    I have


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  18. Tracesofthesoul
    February 21, 2015

    Oh my this looks like fun and the possibilities for stories, haiku or haibun…:) Merci Chèvrefeuille for this lovely prompt!


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  21. phylor
    February 25, 2015

    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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  23. phylor
    February 25, 2015

    Well there it is!
    Thanks for a great prompt, I really enjoyed puzzling it out.


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