haiku on mowing and trimming

Saturday July 14

Rain may fall

nature has the upper hand

too hot for mowing

:

Sunday July 15

days so hot

grass doesn’t grow

mower laughs

:

parched grass

rests motionless

the silent tractor

:

in this heat

Queen Anne’s Lace soars

grass crisp as straw

:

Monday July 16

in purple spikes

bees and butterflies dance

pruning shears rest

:

©️2018 Ontheland

Haikai Challenge #42 Cutting Grasses

summer breeze fusion haiku

Carpe Diem Crossroads #13 presents two wonderful haiku by Matsuo Basho, Japanese haiku poet (1644-1694) which we are to contemplate and then create a new ‘fusion’ haiku. There is a second part of the challenge that I will feature in my Sunday morning post.

BASHŌ’S HAIKU (translated by Jane Reichhold)

chilly coolness

my feet on the wall

for a midday nap

~

the colour of wind

planted artlessly

in a garden of reeds

~

MY FUSION HAIKU

a cool summer breeze

scent of an afternoon nap

in a Zen garden

~

©️2018 Ontheland

Photo is sourced from Pixabay

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.