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

the first of many brushstrokes ~ soliloquy no renga

one starry night
to make that one painting –
the rustling leaves
© Chèvrefeuille

branches sway in gentle breeze
starlight twinkling in their wake

stargazing poet
would be stargazing painter
inspired by the night

nature’s canvas in the sky
with myriad points of light

brilliant distraction
moon rising above the trees
such inspiration

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

alone on the beach ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1688 Troiku Month – Breathing Silence offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

alone on the beach
only the cries of seagulls –
breathing silence
               © Chèvrefeuille

~~~~~~~

alone on the beach
one wave joined by another
sunlight on the sand

only the cries of seagulls
as they reel above my head
shadows touching me

breathing silence
flowing between each moment
like waves on the shore

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.

Troika

Images
Image source: Wikimedia Commons
(Seagulls over the Waves, by Watanabe Shōtei)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

chasing a fly ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1677 Troiku Month – Chasing a Fly offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

chasing a fly
in silent meditation mode
eyes fixed
               © Chèvrefeuille

~~~~~~~

chasing a fly
not easy to accomplish
requires strategy

in silent meditation mode
considering fly’s motives
following movement

eyes fixed
drawing fly to waiting hand
released in the wild

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.

Troika

Images
Image source: Wikimedia Commons (house fly)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

From Ashes to Ocean Spray ~ tan renga

These are my responses to Tan Renga Challenges #1654 to #1657. In a Tan Renga, a two-line stanza is written to follow a single given haiku, creating a tanka. Below, each of the given haiku (in blue) is accompanied by the name of its author, followed by my response.

#1654 Smoldering Fireplace

smouldering fireplace
the sweet perfume of burned herbs
loneliness grabs my throat
               © Chèvrefeuille

love completely exhausted
leaving nothing but ashes

#1655 Beautiful Ugliness

banana-tree
unworthy to look at
beautiful ugliness
               © Yozakura

staying cool within its shade
thankful for its tasty fruit

#1656 Dandelion and Butterfly

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly’s dream
               © Chiyo-Ni

airy white and fragile wings
both dancing on gentle breeze

#1657 Ocean Sanctuary

sunday morning
all the waves in white
kneeling on the beach
               © Jane Riechhold

sun shining through ocean spray
seeing beauty in new light