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Poetry and Haiku

Broken by the Storm

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (15) broken by the storm

 

broken by the storm
the asters’ fragrance rises
out of damp earth                                  © Jane Reichhold

gathering debris
I find a robin egg intact

bird-egg-home

 

 

broken by the storm
the asters’ fragrance rises
out of damp earth                                 © Jane Reichhold

my heart drawing strength
to weather its own onslaught

 

 

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Sparkling Wine

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (14) sparkling wine

Sparkling wine
Flames dance in her hand
He is granted a smile
          © Yozakura

lingering a moment
then whisked away by another

Clouds and Waves

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (12) clouds and waves

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clouds and waves
carry my dreams away
tugging my anchor

I stand in the shallows searching
longing for your return

(No hokko attribution  for this poem, as it is one of mine.  This would be a solo renga, not a tan renga.  The haiku was inspired by a poem of Rabindranath Tagore.)

Where Shadows Chase Light

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #50 Rabindranath Tagore’s “where shadow chases light”

 

by my door I wait
greeting life with contented hope
that love will return

by the road I wait
changing light shadows dance
keeping me company

greeting life with contented hope
I savor the perfume of promise
the beauty of nature

that love will return
and I will no longer be alone
our home flooded with joy

Locus Fly Low

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (10) locusts fly low

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locusts fly low
over rice paddies
in the dim sunlight                                © Masaoka Shiki

sound of the workers’ songs fade
as they head to their homes

Between Dusty Cars

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together (III) (9) between dusty cars

between dusty cars
an orange butterfly flits
the traffic rumbles                        Kim M. Russell, 26th August 2018

a plastic bag swirls
caught in the wind

 

 

Pear Tree in Bloom

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (8) pear tree in bloom

This challenge was to write the hokku for a revised quote from Shiki

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overgrown fields
covering the scars of the past
a meadowlark sings

pear tree in full bloom on a battlefield
collapsed house becomes beautiful again                © Shiki (re-worked by Chèvrefeuille)

Missing a Wife

Renga With Basho Hineri #8 missing a wife

Haiku© Matsuo Basho (taken from Basho, The Complete Haiku by Jane Reichhold)

First part of this challenge was to find an ending for this unfinished verse

missing a wife
putting on bamboo grass
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missing a wife
putting on bamboo grass
in a darkened hut

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path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain

mud splashes the ankles
of the morning workers

above all else
a dependable chinquapin tree stands
in a summer grove

from a spiny burr I pluck
a single ripe seed

a dragonfly
unable to settle
on the grass

disappears with the wind
in the fading light

each with its own light
fireflies in the trees
lodge in flowers

celebrating under the stars
adding music to the night

missing a wife
putting on bamboo grass
in a darkened hut

no sounds of cooking
just another day of labor

an early winter shower
a rice paddy with new stubble
darkens just a bit

workers trudge slowly home
I linger with a wet face

Wilted Grass

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (7) grasses wilt

grasses wilt:
the braking locomotive
grinds to a halt.            ©️ Yamaguchi Seishi, (Tr. Michael R. Burch)

switching to clear tracks
a daisy sighs with relief

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