Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #4 flower-like snowflakes

For this renga challenge or ryogin  the haiku is  by   Matsuto Bashi and the response and lineup by me.

Haiku © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

into the sea
throwing my sandals
rain on my hat

praising the heavens
water for the harvest

falling to the ground
a flower closer to the root
bidding farewell

summer passage
I make my way home

mid-harvest
a crane on the rice paddy
in a village in autumn

heat and dust of the day
cloaked under his wings

village kids
don’t break all the plum branches
for cattle whips

I mourn the passage
of summer fruits and blossoms

sleep on a journey
then you will understand my poem
autumn winds

frost echos the leaves’ edges
summer greens mingling with fire

polished again
the mirror is as clear as
flower-like snowflakes

taking a long hard look
it the year’s new grey