spring warbler spreads wings ~ tanka

spring warbler spreads wings
leaves droppings while taking flight
spoiled rice cake remains
cat walks across veranda
hungry for departed bird

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #110 Carpe Diem Transformation …. Bush Warbler
offers a haiku by Bashō (below, in blue) to be transformed
into a tanka. In a process different from tan renga,
I have revised the original haiku before
adding two lines to create my tanka.

A spring warbler casts
A dropping on the rice cakes –
The veranda edge.

Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Warbler on Red Plum Branch

facing the unknown ~ haiku

This haiku is my response to
Carpe Diem #1773 … A Field of Dried Grass (Basho),
which offers a haiku by Bashō (in blue) as inspiration.
Bashō’s is considered his Jisei no ku, or deathbed poem.

falling sick on a journey
my dream goes wandering
over a field of dried grass
              Bashō (tr. Chèvrefeuille)

facing the unknown
dried grass near the end of life
how long this journey

Image source: unsplash.com / Rodion Kutsaev

no relief as sun rises ~ renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #102 Renga with Bashō … ancient times
asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following
each provided haiku by Matsuo Bashō
(in blue), in any order, 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.

still summer
the harvest moon too hot
to enjoy the coolness

no relief as sun rises
its warm light on garden path

chrysanthemum flowers
bloom at the stonemason’s
between stones

burst of color against gray
dimmed by clouds crossing the sky

morning glories
in the daytime a lock lowered
on the gate

will not keep out heavy rain
as it pools in the garden

flood waters
stars too will go to sleep
on top of a rock

wait for a stonemason’s dreams
to build them up before us

plum blossom scent
since ancient times the word
has been sorrowful

raising a glass to comrades
missing those lost in battle

warriors
the bitterness of pickles
in the talk

drinking wine in the garden
sour wine fitting for the mood

Images source: Harvard Art Museums
Pot Marigold and Rashumon Flowers, by Kubo Shunman

willow on stream bank ~ haiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #84 Quest for a New Masterpiece … Movement (Undou) asks us to create a new haiku using movement (or undou), inspired by Bashō’s “frog pond” haiku (tr. Jane Reichhold, below in blue).

old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water
               Bashō

willow on stream bank
long leaves trailing on water
knows little of thirst

Image: Niagara River Gorge at Whirlpool State Park, New York