in the morning mist
a spill of sakura blossoms
explode into pink

Copyright © 2019 by Dorna Hainds

Response to Carpe Diem #1639 blossom haze (hanagumori)



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


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


all my years
floating in the river
a childish heart

settled in watery grave
my discarded childhood dreams

© Jane Reichhold (taken from our tribute e-book “All My Years”)

a flash of lightning:
the screech of a night-heron
flying in the darkness

lost in pandemonium
the sound of contentious waves

© Basho

the coolness
of the sound of water at night,
falling back into the well

as raindrops fall silently
living in solitude world

© Issa

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

directing from safe distance
pale moonlight leading me home

© Chiyo-Ni

pressing sushi;
after a while,
a feeling of loneliness

 swiping away foolish tears
in a moment of despair

© Buson

at the gate of a deserted house,
a cicada is crying in the rays
of the evening sun

disheartened countryman
embraces dawn’s fainting kiss

© Shiki

Response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #57 Renga With … six haiku poets