owl watching as lights go out ~ tan renga

owl watching as lights go outcourtesan and monk,
sleeping under one roof together
moon in a field of clover
                    Bashō

owl watching as lights go out
hunting in moonlight shadows

Carpe Diem #1529 Together (Tan Renga Challenge)
(Add to the provided hokku by Bashō (tr. Chèvrefeuille)
to create a tanka)

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Small Horned Owl in a Pine Tree, by Utagawa Hiroshige

15 thoughts on “owl watching as lights go out ~ tan renga

  1. I like your owl poetic imagery, Ken. Thanks for sharing the Basho hokku.
    I think that those who have faith should have someone to love and hold. Who cares if the monk lies down with a courtesan?
    It would prevent the absence of love in their lives. It would stop abuse of those who are coerced (i.e. priests and acolytes), sometimes. So many horrors have been committed “in the name of Faith.”

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