blending darkness into rice ~ renga

Carpe Diem #1547 Renga With … big five haiku poets asks us to create a renga
(or chain of verses) by following the provided haiku of various haijin (here in blue italics)
with two lines. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse)
and ageku (closing verse) 
connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

pressing sushi;
after a while,
a feeling of loneliness
                    Buson

blending rice into darkness
no lights on in empty home

at the gate of a deserted house,
a cicada is crying in the rays
of the evening sun
                    Shiki

call recedes like fading light
days pass like flowing water

all my years
floating in the river
a childish heart
                    Jane Reichhold

keeping faith in my travels
memories always return

the coolness
of the sound of water at night,
falling back into the well
                    Issa

like light consuming shadows
a wealth of experience

a flash of lightning:
the screech of a night-heron
flying in the darkness
                    Basho

clouds parted by beating wings
bringing light into the night

autumn’s bright moon,
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky
                    Chiyo-Ni

like a distant companion
never near enough to touch

Images
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Woman and Two Children with Cat and Pet Mouse, by Suzuki Harunobu
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Young Man with Umbrella beside a Fence, by Suzuki Harunobu
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Moon at Magome, by Kawase Hasui

15 thoughts on “blending darkness into rice ~ renga

  1. You’ve closed the chain well with ‘pressing’ and ‘touch’, ken, and I love the lines:
    ‘call recedes like fading light
    days pass like flowing water’
    and
    ‘clouds parted by beating wings
    bringing light into the night’.

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