shelter and meal served by friends ~ renga

Welcoming the morning light_2The challenge for Carpe Diem’s Renga with Basho #7 I’m a wanderer is to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by Bashō (here in blue italics – tr. Robert Hass) with two lines. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.

shelter and meal served by friendsI’m a wanderer
so let that be my name –
the first winter rain

shelter and meal served by friends
wine warms me for my travels

all the day long-
yet not long enough for the skylark,
singing, singing

my voice not as melodic
carried away by the wind

the dragonfly
can’t quite land
on that blade of grass

watching reeds sway back and forth
making ripples in the pond

welcoming the morning light_1

the shallows –
a crane’s thighs splashed
in cool waves

frog splashing in quick retreat
thankful for gift of freedom

by the old temple,
peach blossoms;
a man treading rice

daily routine brings rewards
thoughts of meal at end of day

autumn moonlight–
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut

meal and warmth in one bundle
no travels in store for him

Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Japanese postcard)
Metropolitan Museum of Art  – Skylarks and Primroses, by Kubo Shunman

9 thoughts on “shelter and meal served by friends ~ renga

    • Thanks, Jazz. I try to write these in order, but sometimes a response jumps out at me while I’m scanning the work. I definitely needed to work my way to this last stanza, but when I got there, it jumped right out at me – which probably explains why I try to write them in order to maintain a flow.

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  1. One thing I like about this challenge is seeing the different haiku arrangement choices. Your start with the wanderer and how you flowed from that is wonderful. ( I also admire your use of colour in the formatting…I may try that next time 🙂

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