reaching me in the darkness – renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #53 Renga with Basho #10 “summer’s night” 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) This prompt has a twist (hineri) – to use “summer’s night” 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.

reching me in the darkness.jpgsummer’s night
the tree spirit follows in
the sound of wooden shoes

reaching me in the darkness
fading into the tall grass

a bamboo shoot
when I was a child it was
fun to sketch

breaking through the tender earth
growth faster than I could draw

day after day
barley ripens
a singing skylark

free and unburdened spirit
welcome song to pass the time

Welcoming the morning light_2

rice paddy sparrows
shelter in the tea plants
when chased away

welcome when eating locusts
unwanted when eating seeds

reaching me in the darkness_abegonia flowers
blooming in the colors
of a watermelon

thoughts of sweet tasting dessert
with final meal of the day

clapping my hands
the echo as it dawns
of a summer moon

welcoming a friendly face
rising above horizon

Images
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Sparrow and Bamboo Stalks, by Ohara Koson
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Skylarks and Primroses, by Kubo Shunman (cropped here)
Library of Congress – Watermelon (untitled, artist unknown)

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