BREAKFAST

early morning rain
the dry sound inside the cabin
of oatmeal cooking

sweet and succulent this bowl
potent source of nourishment

flood waters crest
someone by the river puts water
in a coffee pot

during metamorphosis
ice morphs to liquid twilight

breakfast coffee
the excitement of an ocean
in my cup

in safe drinking water
colors of a rainbow

pale spring sunshine
spread over breakfast toast
quince jelly

golden-wedded couple
smiling at each other

beating egg yolks
two yellow butterflies
twist in the fog

excessive entanglement
the finest gossamer wings

threads of smoke
breakfast fires of neighbors
tied together

surprised, gracious welcoming
easy camaraderie

renga with Jane Reichhold
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Response to Carpe Diem #1650 Breakfast (modern kigo)

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LIGHTS

dawn’s faint hour
squeezes in heart-run veins
light in every limb

arriving breathlessly
tomorrow’s promises

morning light
the sound of waves
on your sleeping face

there is a hopefulness
among the darkest hours

tides
light comes and goes
as ocean

during the darkest hours
there’s increased restlessness

a range of light
morning colors flow
out of the high Sierras

yesterday’s firey remnants
cacophony of colors

light touching
where only rain goes
trespassing

feinted of direction
the dim light of the stars

without lights
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars

in the absence of reason
blackness of anger and rage

Renga With Jane
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1640 Light (modern kigo)

SPRINGTIME WITH JANE

rippling grass
wind moves up the hill
light waves

a cycle of escalation
because of the slightest mishaps

forgotten brook
running the centuries down
locked in rock

ecosystem conundrum
under investigation

floating clouds
down from the mountain
a puddle of rain

prevent ants from climbing out
this immovable body

white pussy willows
above a muddy swollen river
fat raindrops

many-legged centipedes
scurrying this way and that

flute melodies
across green ocean waves
spring meadows

hidden in the underbrush
cicada mating signals

beach diamonds
a new day crystallized
in sunny surf foam

that sense of hopelessness
carried off by the tides

renga with…Jane
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Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #78 Renga With … Jane Reichhold … springtime

FINE(R) THINGS

in nooks and corners
cold remains:
flowers of the plum

© Yosa Buson (tr. RH Blyth)

penetrating the darkness
an area of whiteness

the flowering branch of the plum
gives its scent
to him who broke it off

© Chiyo-Ni

heady smell of plum blossom
lingers and doesn’t disappear

how glorious
young green leaves
flash in the sun

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

fine fresh sprouts of greenery
under a patch of sunlight

garden butterfly
as the baby crawls, it flies―
crawls close, flutters on

© Issa

continued evolution
in a cycle of rebirth

wisteria beans
let’s make that a theme for haikai
a flower fruit

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

farmer and Shaolin monk
enjoy life’s simplicities

the wild geese take flight
low along the railroad tracks
in the moonlit night

© Masaoka Shiki

slivers of silver feathers
grounded to dust on the tracks

renga
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Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #76 Renga With … the Big Five

BEACH DIAMONDS

beach diamonds
a new day crystallized
in sunny surf foam

yesterday’s frayed newspaper
drifts into the churning seas

white pussy willows
above a muddy swollen river
fat raindrops

flowing down with the river
mountain cottontails scamper

light carried in my arms
apple blossoms from a neighbor
on my doorstep

delicate scent of blossoms
is thrown into the fresh air

Tai Chi on the beach
one gull watches
with outstretched wing

lively squawking collective
conduct mantra meditation

between the fields
a break in the evening mist
three lilac bushes

soft slivers of the blue sky
falling through my fingertips

shades of art deco
lying on the beach
abalone shells

distorted materials
in a collage painting

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from “A Dictionary of Haiku”)

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tan renga

Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #74 Renga With … Jane Reichhold

MORNING GLORY

ah! morning glories
are at their best while I chant
my morning prayers

© Kyoroku

in lieu of rosary beads
counting withering glories

distant church bells ring
monks murmur evening prayer
crickets sing no more

living cloistered existence
jumping frogs on Holy ground

Copyright © Dorna Hainds
tan renga

Response to Carpe Diem #1615 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (19) Morning Glory