two more haiku for summer solstice

from a feathered friend

this summer solstice morning

a five note song

~

A fine fluted song

musical heights match the sun

on summer solstice

~

©️2018 Ontheland

Here we call June 21 the first day of summer. It turned out to be a beautiful non-humid day starting with a special serenade from the trees behind the house. I’m linking this to Haikai Challenge #38–Solstice.

perpetual motion

Snapshots of happy moments

gathered like pearls

Hearts and minds

craving perfect pictures

while all that is clouded and changing

re-balances perpetually

like Einstein’s bicycle in motion.

consciousness blooms

equanimity dissolves

pleasure fades to dis-ease

each moment a potential medicine

to cure what came before

~

©️2018 Ontheland

In response to dVerse Poetics Tuesday—Medicine, I spun out these thoughts. The reference to Einstein’s bicycle comes from a quote posted by Kim in her Monday quadrille prompt:

Albert Einstein said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

A renga with Bashō

Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #1 invites us to choose from a selection of Basho’s early haiku (as translated by Jane Reichhold) and to create a Renga of at least 6 stanzas by arranging Basho’s haiku and inserting two-line verses in between.

inside the temple

visitors cannot know

cherries are blooming.

©️Bashō

robin calls from the treetops

blend in with the morning chants

©️Ontheland

the voice of reeds

sounds like the autumn wind

from another mouth

©️ Bashō

leaves fly like paper dreams

a season’s short-lived splendour

©️Ontheland

what a sprout

a dewdrop seeps down the nodes

of generations of bamboo

©️Bashō

the moon paints fresh oak leaves

once barren branches shimmer

©️Ontheland

the old woman

a cherry tree blooming in old age

is something to remember

©️Bashō

an ancient mountain stupa

stands watching the setting sun

©️Ontheland