Renga with Basho #6

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The Basho haiku for this Carpe Diem Renga challenge are translated by Robert Hass. The two-line responses in italics are mine. A true exchange of stanzas would be done in real time. This challenge is an opportunity to appreciate the haiku of a master and to practice writing two-line 7 syllable responses (I use the syllable count as a guide but don’t force my responses to comply).

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cedar umbrellas, off

to Mount Yoshimo for

the cherry blossoms

©️Basho

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our favourite rite of spring

don’t forget the wine glasses

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midfield,

attached to nothing,

the skylark singing

©️Basho

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crescent moon lingering to

enjoy a dawn serenade

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with every gust of wind,

the butterfly changes its place

on the willow

©️Basho

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bamboo chimes clack and sway

a lullaby in rustling leaves

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the dragonfly

can’t quite land

on that blade of grass

©️Basho

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dewdrops shimmer and scatter

sunbeams bounce in beryl green

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when the winter chrysanthemums go,

there’s nothing to write about

but radishes

©️Basho

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pink like mountain hanami

flowers tint my winter dreams

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©️2018 Ontheland

Hanami is the Japanese custom of blossom viewing.

Pink radishes courtesy of Pixabay.com

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