In this Carpe Diem Tan Renga episode the featured haiku is a contemporary one written by Kim Russell of Writing in North Norfolk (see link above). I was thrilled just a couple of days ago—when sitting on a four-lane highway in a traffic jam a Monarch butterfly brushed against my window. I immediately thought of Kim’s haiku.
This 8th episode of Carpe Diem’s Renga with Basho features six of Basho’s haiku, as translated by Jane Reichhold, including one that was unfinished—I have completed the first haiku by adding a third line. Basho’s writings are shown in boldface type and my additions are in regular type (hopefully the Reader does not alter this).
For this Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge Chevrefeuille offers a twist. Instead of asking for a response to a featured haiku, he has provided the final two lines for which we are to write a haiku (hokku) to precede it. Basho’s words are taken from his haibun ‘Narrow Road into the Deep North’.