Autumn asters

plum-coloured asters

final flourish of summer

clusters of rapture

©️2018 Ontheland

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broken by the storm

the asters’ fragrance rises

out of damp earth

©️Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

memories in wildflowers

sun-kissed pebbles by the sea

(my response)

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Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga challenge #15 inspired me to write about the wild asters behind my garden and to provide a Tan Renga response to Jane Reichhold’s haiku that I intend to be a small tribute to her as a haiku poet and teacher.

Renga with Basho

In this special edition of Carpe Diem’s Renga with Basho series Chèvrefeuille asks us to commence with a greeting verse (‘hokku’) actually used by Basho to commence a Renga Party. The other verses by Basho were written as stand alone haiku. As usual I have bolded Basho’s haiku (translated by Jane Reichhold) and italicized my two-line responses.

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autumn coolness

each peeling with our hands

melons and eggplant

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last embers of summer

lodge under our fingernails

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swinging bridge

lives are intertwined

in ivy vines

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the trellis has been transformed

brimming with succulent fruits

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with young leaves

I would like to wipe away

the tears in your eyes

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a blur of joy and sadness

ushers in each season

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blossoms at their peak

the mountain the same as always

at day break

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a mist of whitening dew

blades of grass sparkle at sunrise

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a clear night

cooling myself under cherry trees

waves of flowers

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I peel my eyes to glimpse

a shooting star flash the night sea

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©️2018 Ontheland (bolded haiku are authored by Basho as translated by Jane Reichhold).

Renga with Basho #5

Wren, courtesy of Pixabay.com

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In this Renga with three haiku of Matsuo Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, the three line stanzas in bold italics are written by Basho and the regular typeface responses are mine.

what kind of tree

with the unknown flower

such a fragrance

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is that a brown-headed crow

snapping air for flying fare?

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with a fan

drinking wine in the shadow

of scattered blossoms

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wren on the pedestal bath

sipping flower-flavoured tea

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melting away

the brush draws up the water

of a spring

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swift strokes over rice paper

unveiling a waterfall

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blossoms at their peak

the mountain the same as always

at daybreak

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floral scents infuse the dawn

bird songs trill to greet the day

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©️2018 Ontheland

Carpe Diem Renga with Basho #5

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

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

©️Couplets in italics, 2018, Ontheland

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

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the colour of wind

planted artlessly

in a garden of reeds

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MY FUSION HAIKU

a cool summer breeze

scent of an afternoon nap

in a Zen garden

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©️2018 Ontheland

Photo is sourced from Pixabay