on the tip of the
newly sprouted bamboo…
a baby sparrow

a brave little acrobat
commands tall-swaying highwire

living in harmony–
the sparrow has
both parents!

within the dark before dawn
a whole family nestled

while I watch
he’s off to make a living alone…
baby sparrow

vanished in morning ether
my companionable bird

spring peace–
after rain, a gang war
garden sparrows

watchful warriors see all
eyes crew of chatter and song

don’t let the plum blossom guard
cut your tongues…
Sparrows! *

be silent little sparrow
be a brooklet’s gurgling flow

are the sparrows too
having a private party?
plum blossoms

gathered companionable birds
disregard the endless raindrops

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

renga with
Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1761 Sparrows (Renga With …)



on the Honeysuckle
the fragile wings of a butterfly
a fluttering sound

© Chèvrefeuille (October 2012)

a spot of flitting sunshine
bursts through earthy autumn hues

tan renga
Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1760 Butterfly (a Tan Renga challenge)