discovering new beauty ~ renga

The challenge for Carpe Diem’s Renga with Basho #9 Mark on the Wall 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. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.

discovering new beauty_1path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain

discovering new beauty
garden holds many secrets

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

each of us with our own path
in search of new directions

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

discovering new Beauty_2your true path will become clear
patience holding the answer

building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets

their flight bridging the divide
that has separated us

plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds

leaving traces of their path
erased by the shifting sand

discovering new beauty_3summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall

intersection of our paths
found on an outdated map

Museum of Fine Arts Boston  – Plovers and Waves, by Ohara Koson
Harvard Art Museums  – three whites, by Katsushika Hokusai
Wikimedia Commons – plover tracks

15 thoughts on “discovering new beauty ~ renga

  1. Beautiful – love your closing (also Basho’s egret bridge between mountains) – seeing bridge as part of path – seeing human egos as mountains – seeing two paths intersecting, crossing bridge nrvominh one path
    Thanks for stirring my imagination!

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  2. Maps and footprints.
    Just watched one of those exploration shows about a Metal Library
    The guy Josh actually went into the gave with the daughter of the guy who made the map.
    The one arch though up close looks like it could very much be natural.
    But they were able to go beyond the map… they didn’t find the Metal Library.
    But they were able to see things that were never seen by the human eye before.


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