washing away first light’s dew ~ renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #55 Renga with Basho Hineri … picking flowers in the rain 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 “picking flowers in the rain” 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.

washing away first light's dew_1wearing a paper robe
even if it gets wet
picking flowers in the rain

washing away first light’s dew
washing the sleep from my eyes

more reassuring
than in a dream
the real hawk

eyeing prey from overhead
rabbit fleeing to its den

now farewell
for snow viewing we’ll fall down
until we get there

washing away first light's dew_2

garden buried under snow
rabbit’s tracks will find no green

 go naked
one needs to wear more clothes
in February’s storm
**

a poor man has more than most
finding wealth in simple things

washing away first light's dew_3

frozen dew
a dry brush draws
clear water
*

paper holds many secrets
hidden by free flowing flask

wine cup
don’t drop in any dirt
village swallows

taking wing among raindrops
welcomed by thirsty blossoms

Footnotes from Kristjaan, at Carpe Diem:
* In ink paintings, the white of the paper is used to indicate water. Because the dew is frozen, Basho cannot moisten his ink and brush and thus can only draw clear water on his painting.
** This one is based on the legend of Saint Zoga (917-1003), a Buddhist priest who gave away his clothes and went naked after receiving a divine message from the god of Ise Grand Shrine that he should throw away fame and wealth.

Images
jaodb.com – Goshawk, by Tsuchiya Koitsu
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Rabbits in Moonlight, by Utagawa Hiroshige
The British Museum – Writing on Hand Scroll, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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