September Tan Renga (5)

Red clover (image from Pixabay)


on a clover path

in the gentle hum of bees

village sounds are near (my hokku)

the temple bell stops but I still hear

the sound coming out of the flowers

(final two lines from Basho—see below)


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’.

Tan Renga with Taneda Santoka

Shinano Province, The Moon Reflected in the Sarashina Paddy-fields


autumn heat

my begging bowl

is full of rice

©️Taneda Santoka (1882-1940), translated by John Stevens

a feast for Tsukimi

now moonlight floods the fields

©️2018 Ontheland

Tsukimi means ‘moon viewing’. It is a Japanese custom to watch and celebrate full moons in September and October. Revered as a staple crop, rice is honoured in all festivities and has much spiritual significance.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #111 Autumn Heat