Carpe Diem Renga Challenge #4

Another Renga Challenge of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai featuring six haiku by Matsuo Basho, shown in bold type. The challenge is to create a Renga by writing two-line responses, shown in italics.

sleep on a journey

then you will understand my poem

autumn winds

whisper delights and sorrows

rain spatters my reflection

into the sea

throwing my sandals

rain on my hat

playing hopscotch with bare feet

relishing schoolyard pastimes

village kids

don’t break all the plum branches

for cattle whips

compose haiku with carved nibs

pausing to inhale the dawn

mid-harvest

a crane on the rice paddy

in a village in autumn

farmers rush out to the fields

winter chores haunting their thoughts

polished again

the mirror is as clear as

flower-like snowflakes

lace shawls drape the mountain peaks

pine branches dazzling white

falling to the ground

a flower closer to the root

bidding farewell

we’ll meet again in springtime

when verses are fresh like dew

~

©️All haiku in bold type are written by Basho (1644-1694) as translated by Jane Reichhold

©️Couplets in italics, 2018, Ontheland

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