welcoming the morning light – renga

Welcoming the morning light_2The challenge for Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #3 Chrysanthemum Dew is to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by Bashō (here in blue italics – tr. Jane Reichhold) with two lines.

Welcoming the morning light_3

how glorious
young green leaves
flash in the sun

welcoming the morning light
perfect for a spring chorus

a skylark sings
the pheasant’s voice
the instrumental music

branches sway to the rhythm
dancing with a gentle breeze

early summer rains
falling so heavily they cover up
the waterfall

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green beneath scattered sunlight
revealed as waters recede

passing through autumn
a butterfly seems to lick
chrysanthemum dew

bright royal flowers admired
beauty now held in a vase

five or six
sitting with tea and cakes
a fireplace

keeps the outside cold at bay
flickering light on photo

the image shows
an old woman weeping alone
my friend the moon

shining on her weary face
her winter slowly fading

Metropolitan Museum of Art  – Skylarks and Primroses, by Kubo Shunman (CC0 License)
pixabay.com (leaves – edited here)

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