monarch flying free ~ soliloquy no renga

Well into retirement, my life took a new direction when I moved half-way across the country to be with someone special. Perhaps that is reflected in my response to the challenge for Carpe Diem #1519 Junicho, the twelve stanza renga (Soliloquy No Renga), which is to write a solo renga. Junicho have stanzas of winter (one), summer (one), spring (two), autumn (two) – with no set seasonal progression – and non-season (six). Junicho also have a single blossom stanza and a single moon stanza (any season for both). “Love” is represented by a pair or so of stanzas, in any position. A traditional Junicho opens with the season in which its composition takes place, autumn here. I’ve attempted to keep a “closed chain,” last stanza leading back to the first.

monarch flying free_1monarch flying free
in search of new memories
above turning leaves

light found by following heart
beginning of a new life

days growing shorter
contentment under same moon
rising and setting

monarch flying free_2cardinals stay side by side
feeding mate a sign of faith

warm even in cold
dusting of snow on feathers
seed falls to the ground

even humble beginnings
have potential for great heights

tiny stalk appears
green of sunflower sprouting
raindrops touch the earth

monarch flying free_3

eyes brimming, hold no sadness
happiness too will bring tears

soft white touched with pink
cherry blossoms come to life
dry leaf feeds new grass

the past feeding the future
rebirth in dawn of new day

leaves bathed in sunlight
water lily opens wide
pond teeming with life

dragonfly encounters frog
unexpected turn in life

Wikimedia Commons – cardinals
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Water Lilies, by Ohara Koson

18 thoughts on “monarch flying free ~ soliloquy no renga

    • Thank you, Miriam.
      Seeing cardinals here all the time and my recent luck in seeing monarch butterflies gave me some direction.
      I think I was half-way into writing this when I realized I was writing about myself.

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  1. I am impressed! Thanks for the color coding. But just reading this, without attention to the guidelines followed, makes quite the impact – especially for the dragonfly, of course. Great wisdom here:
    “the past feeding the future / rebirth in dawn of new day”

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