Renga with Bashō #2

still alive

under the slightness of my hat

enjoying the coolness

©️Bashō (1644-1694)

stones glisten with morning dew

birds awake as ghosts depart

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early summer rain

the green of a rock cypress

lasting how long

©️Bashō

an artist under the ledge

mixes paint and prays for sun

©️Ontheland

rainy season

sea glow lights held up

by the night watchman

©️Bashō

spirits of the mist wander

whiffs of woodsmoke call them home

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the blue sea

in waves smelling of saké

tonight’s full moon

©️Bashō

a rabbit sails in moonlight

are there answers in his pot?

©️Ontheland

logged tree

see the larger cut end is

a harvest moon

©️Bashō

forests reaped like fields of corn

pockets fill with golden coin

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on a bare branch

a crow settled down

autumn evening

©️Bashō

still alive, planet quivers

spinning towards destiny

©️Ontheland

~

The challenge here was to create a Renga using six haiku written by Bashō. After each haiku of Bashō I have inserted two lines of seven syllables each. Many thanks to Chèvrefeuille , host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, who created this Renga challenge.

Image Source: Rabbit in themoon

20 thoughts on “Renga with Bashō #2

  1. Ooo! This is great! Personal favorite: spirits of the mist wander || whiffs of woodsmoke call them home. Nice job! (must give this a try some time.)
    I’ve always seen the rabbit; must squint to see the man. The poet’s curse?

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  2. Wow! This is beautiful, Janice – there is a wonderful flow between the poems. It looks so complicated to write – I will read and admire in awe. Your final two lines struck me:
    ‘still alive, planet quivers

    spinning towards destiny’

    Haunting, leaving open the destiny and whatever that may be…

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    1. Thank you Annika…I may have said it before, but getting closely familiar with these Reichhold translations of Basho’s haiku is very rewarding…I am happy you enjoyed the results 🙂

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