honor in preparing meal ~ renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditaion Renga with Basho Hineri “autumn coolness” asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by Bashō with two lines.
(Bashō’s haiku here in blue italics – tr. Jane Reichhold)
Hineri means “with a twist,” and the twist here is to use “autumn coolness…” first,
with the other haiku used in any order.
A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse)
and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

honor in preparing meal.jpgautumn coolness
each peeling with our hands
melons and eggplant

honor in preparing meal
shared responsibility

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

random encounter today
on path with little travel

swinging bridge
lives are intertwined
in Ivy vines

distance holds no obstacle
security gained through bond

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

beauty in our surroundings
joy at seeing renewal

a clear night
cooling myself under cherry trees
waves of flowers

sparrow watching from high branch
considering connections

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

long climb brings pangs of hunger
good friends waiting on descent

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Bird and Mountain Cherry, by Utagawa Hiroshige

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