In the moonlight,
The color and scent of the wisteria
Seems far away.

© Buson

inadvisable to grasp
perfection of the heavens

tan renga
Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1660 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (7) Wisteria



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

Copyright © Dorna Hainds

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


orchids in the night
in their fragrance hidden —
the flowers white.

© Buson

samourai warrior
enchanted by the beauty of orchids
bows his head in praise

in admiration
he gives his beloved girl
white orchids

© Chèvrefeuille (from my archive)

wild orchid 

white queen
slowly unfolds –


breath of wind
stirs white blossoms
redolent with fragrance


with dying breath
he breathes in
he breathes out
perfumed orchids
among fine greenery


Response to Carpe Diem #1548 orchids (ran) (classical kigo)


it is seen
in the papier-maché cat
the morning of autumn

dotted with morning dewdrops
highly sensitive whiskers

© Basho

with the autumn tempest
the small drum
falls from its shelf

flowery drummers banging
decommissioned shime-daiko

two houses!
two houses making rice-cakes:
autumn rain

© Issa

newly planted rice paddy
mingles with the wildflowers

© Shiki

when I go out of the gate
I also am a traveller
in the autumn evening

nightly shadowy figures
join walking meditation

© Buson

along this road
goes no one
this autumn eve

my feelings of loneliness
disappears into the wind

© Basho

autumn’s bright moon
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky

lingers in the dim moonlight
an uncertainty future

© Chiyo-Ni

Response to Carpe Diem #1547 Renga With … the big five haiku poets