Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #46 Renga With Basho Hineri “autumn coolness”

autumn coolness
each peeling with our hands
melons and eggplant

our fingers stained
with memories of summer

with young leaves
I would like to wipe away
the tears in your eyes

offering you shelter
from winter’s harsh language

to get wet passing by
a man is interesting
bush clover in rain

dainty blossoms transending
dampness of the moors

a clear night
cooling myself under cherry trees
waves of flowers

sweetness paling
to the scent of you

blossoms at their peak
the mountain the same as always
at daybreak

today, perhaps
a little brighter with you

swinging bridge
lives are intertwined
in Ivy vines

my thoughts a tangle
of love and disbelief


haiku  © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold; taken from “Basho, The Complete Haiku”)