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Water Reflection

Carpe Diem #1609 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (13) water reflection

 

 

Wisteria

 

water reflection–
a flying squirrel across
the wisteria’s mantle                   © Takarai Kikaku (Tr. unknown)

sunken leaves rise
stirred by a skipped stone

Tan Renga Challenge

Carpe Diem #1612 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (16) plumegrass

 

While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plume grass wilts.  © Ō no Yasumaro (circa 711), (Tr. Michael R. Burch)

beaten down by sun and wind
my heart echoes barren hill

 

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the sky is bluer
birds are singing once again
caressed by sunshine                   (C) Kim M. Russell

my love walks the garden
spring in each step

 

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full snow moon
stirs the ladybug
on cold bare branches                © Hamish

easterly wind tugs my hair
a screech owl flies overhead

 

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water reflection–
a flying squirrel across
the wisteria’s mantle      © Takarai Kikaku (Tr. unknown)

sunken leaves rise
stirred by a skipped stone

 

 

Renga With H.F. Noyes

Carpe Diem #1523 H.F. Noyes’ … rusty toy truck (Renga With …)

1_U3ZZKcL7fw7ZI1nqe-DD1g.jpegbright fall day
the brook wanders off
its shimmer lingers

wittering pine siskins
flashing yellow

raking aside leaves
on the backyard pond
I release the moon
a koi breaks its hold

in a wake of ripples

evening walk
the creak of my boots
invades the stars
stirrings of crickets echo
in the distance an owl’s screech

full moon rising
nowhere on the empty beach
to hide our love
seeds of passion surge

a stolen kiss returned


as if nothing happened
the crow there
the willow here
walk continues

down forgotten trail

rusty toy truck
stuck on the mudbank
a cargo of blossoms
filtered light of a street lamp
illuminating sakura

© H.F. Noyes © Dolores 

Passage

Carpe Diem #1512 Chiyo-Ni … THE female haiku master (Renga With …)

The hokKu for this renga are by my favorite haiku artist, Chiyo-Ni

IMG_2699.JPGmorning glory!
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water

from the pond itself
my hand stirs reflection

a single spider’s thread
ties the duckweed
to the shore

watching in fascination
the eight legged trapeze artist

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly’s dream

bits of fluff airborne
twirl with delight

sound of things
dropping from the tree–
autumn wind

tall grasses turning to seed
summer flowers brown with age

parents older than I
are now my children
the same cicadas

keeping the passage of time
the river ebbs and flows

to listen,
fine not to listen, fine too…
nightingale

songs of the seasons
songs of sadness and joy

An Empty Shoe

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (20) in an empty shoe 

rest on the field –
a lonely cricket chirping
in an empty shoe                        © Virginia Popescu

workers long since
home with their harvest

A Mark on the Wall

Renga With Basho #9 A Mark On The Wall

path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain

shallow roots struggling
for a deeper ballast

don’t be like me
even though we’re like the melon
split in two

neglected and forgotten
our relationship  decays

wait awhile
cut the soy beans to the sound
of monks beating bowls

sync the rhythm of our lives
press my heart to yours

summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall

your words scaring my heart
crumbling tear stained paper

building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets

flimsy patch  bares its limit
broken threads dangle loosely

plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds

our hands linger momentarily
last touch as we separate

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from: Basho, the complete haiku)

Grass on the River Bank

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (18) Grass On River Bank (Ken Gierke)

grass on river bank
bending over in warm breeze
pale moon looking down                    © Ken Gierke (RivrVlogr)

floats tree silhouettes
stirred by the stars

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

 

 

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

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