WISTERIA

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

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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
Copyright © Dorna Hainds

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

WILD ORCHID

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 –
overnight

haiku

breath of wind
stirs white blossoms
redolent with fragrance

haiku

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

tanka

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

SHIME-DAIKO

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