floating away on the waves – renga

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The challenge for Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #4 flower-like snowflakes 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.

into the sea
throwing my sandals
rain on my hat

floating away on the waves
turn to seek new direction

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

weighing options on the road
observing while traveling

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

sturdy branch for walking stick
providing fruit to tired legs

a crane on the rice paddy
in a village in autumn

taking flight when work is done
fellow travelers welcome

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

like gentle waves on the pond
my words mirroring your thoughts

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

understanding the message
true course open before you

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Crane Flying over Wave, by Utagawa Hiroshige)


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