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



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.