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March 2016

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Persimmons

Carpe Diem Special #203 Basho’s disciples: Mukai Kyorai’s “Master of Persimmons”

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those fallen persimmons
bees and flies enjoy sweet nectar
– alas I must wait

 

 

 

 

Willow

Carep Diem #944 Willow

 

April’s air stirs in
Willow-leaves…a butterfly
Floats and balances”
― Matsuo Bashō, Japanese Haiku

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out of the fog
the willow tree appears
enticing –
spring awakens
darkness departs

Stained Glass

Carpe Diem #938 Iris leaves

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sunlight streams
spilling stained glass
over the sill

 

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Forest

Carpe Diem #936 Forest

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evergreen forest
path of brown needles
soften my steps

Against the Blue

Carpe Diem Special #200 Basho’s disciples: Ransetsu’s “against the blue”

The following are some poems by Ransetsu. The first is where the post got it’s title and the rest some of his work that I enjoyed.

At dusk the harvest moon
paints a pine-tree
against the blue

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The pampas grass
sums up all the loneliness
of all Saga

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a single leaf falls
then suddenly another
is stolen by the breeze

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Ume ichi-rin ichirin hodo no atatakasa

one plum blossom
brings us just one more
step to the warmth

Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707)

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My attempt at capturing his spirit.

one daffodil
and suddenly
a field of spring

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early march
a few fat snowflakes
and the sparrow’s tale tales

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 amongst damp leaves
the wealth of summer
still hidden

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against the blue
the red roses
ever redder

Moonlight

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #71 moonlight

 

on a stormy night
the worm moon casting shadows
on sodden soil

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moonlight dances
among the spring trees
tickling new leaves

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