Carpe Diem #1775 Morning Glory! is part of a new feature,
“Carpe Diem’s Transformation,” which has the goal of using the scenes and images
of a given haiku to create a transformed haiku into a tanka.
Another feature of Carpe Diem is to create a Tan Renga, a short exercise that adds two lines to a given haiku to create a tanka. Making a distinction, I have interpreted this new prompt
to be a challenge to first transform a given haiku by re-creating it
before adding two lines to make it a tanka.
The haiku provided (in blue) is by Chiyo-Ni, and my tanka follows.
the well bucket-entangled,
I ask for water
morning glory filled with water
refreshing my thirst
accepted as good omen
a fresh start to my travels
Image source: morguefile.com / rollingroscoe
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
leaves in autumn rain
apples ready for harvest
beginning of life
This haiku/haiga is my response to Carpe Diem
Weekend Meditation #108 CD Imagination … Still Life,
which offers an image by Dina Belenko for inspiration.
Image source: Bored Panda – Dina Belenko
one starry night
to make that one painting –
the rustling leaves
branches sway in gentle breeze
starlight twinkling in their wake
would be stargazing painter
inspired by the night
nature’s canvas in the sky
with myriad points of light
moon rising above the trees
leaves dancing before the moon
silhouetted by its light
framed by counterpoints
lights much closer than the stars
planets in the night
shifting shades of red and blue
sparkling in a star filled sky
so much to choose from
all these heavenly bodies
wonder where to start
shooting star in star filled sky
the first of many brushstrokes
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #107 Soliloquy no Renga … one starry night offers a haiku by Chèvrefeuille (in blue) to be followed by subsequent links of a renga by the responding poet, with a minimum of six links. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.
This is my response.
Photos: Hunter’s Moon, 13 October 2019
Star image: The Galaxy Above, © Rodrigo Guerra, via Astronomy Picture of the Day
longing for moonlight
plum blossoms arrayed in vase
waiting by lamplight
This haiku is my response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation
#106 Revise That Haiku by Taigi.
arranging the plum-flowers,
I would enjoy them in the light of the lamp,
as if in the moonlight
Image source: comuseum.org – Eyes Embroidered with Plum Blossoms, by Zhao Ji
In the days of the samurai, two ancient roads linked Japan’s two great cities of Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). Lords would travel these routes, accompanied by armies of samurai. Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #105 – Turn Back Time offers two haiku regarding the “Samurai’s Mountain Road,” one by Yosa Buson and the other by Matsuo Bashō, as inspiration for a tanka or haiku. My response is a fusion haiku, with elements of both.
first yellow leaf on maple
autumn upon us
quiet forest path
dry leaves stirred up by my feet
Bashō (tr. Chèvrefeuille)
yellow maple leaf
following path to winter
waiting for no one
Image source: ukiyo-e.org – Kageishi in the Mountains of Hakone, by Kawanabe Kyosai
a discerning eye
that hidden within revealed
This senryū is a revision of a haiku by Yosa Buson for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #104 Photo-shopping Haiku – “Camellia” (Yosa Buson).
Unfolding at the
hand of the glass polisher:
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Cedar Waxwing and Camellia, by Utagawa Hiroshige