Renga #3 with Bashō

Why a video featuring pheasant sounds? Read on and it should make sense. This is my response to Carpe Diem’s third Renga Challenge featuring, once again, Japanese Haiku Master, Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694).

The three-line haiku in bold print are written by Bashō (as translated by Jane Reichhold). My couplet responses are in italics. Here goes:

passing through autumn

a butterfly seems to lick

chrysanthemum dew


a long pilgrimage begins

with sweet wine and sad farewells


five or six

sitting with tea and cakes

a fireplace


under Cold Moon, drumbeats sound

the caroller’s descant soars


a skylark sings

the pheasant’s voice is

the instrumental music


snow geese call in urgent tones

flying to their far North home


how glorious

young green leaves

flash in the sun


a child sage writes in the sand

an old poet lifts her pen


early summer rains

falling so heavily they cover up

the waterfall


chrysanthemum blooms live long

tending hopes and memories

©️2018 Ontheland (as noted, haiku are written by Bashō)

Chrysanthemum image is from Pixabay.

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