sunlight bringing it to life ~ 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.

it is seen
in the papier-maché cat
the morning of autumn
Basho

sunlight bringing it to life
mouse on the shelf runs away

with the autumn tempest
the small drum
falls from its shelf
Shiki

no one there to see it fall
traveling alone this day

when I go out of the gate
I also am a traveller
in the autumn evening
Buson

on the road to far places
seeing everyone, no one

along this road
goes no one
this autumn eve
Basho

darkness will not change my path
silver light in parting clouds

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

longing to be in my home
now closer to my village

two houses!
two houses making rice-cakes:
autumn rain
Issa

will return favor of meal
with happiness at sunrise

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
Library of Congress
Two Mice with Rice Cakes, by Katsushika Hokusai

7 thoughts on “sunlight bringing it to life ~ renga

  1. This has me grinning, sensing “I” as the mouse, running off in morning, wandering through the night, then coming back home next morning … by which time the papier-mache cat has been stashed out of sight.
    (Perhaps another “I” intended – I like the sunrise to sunrise wandering whether mouse or man.)

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