Carpe Diem Renga Challenge #3 Chrysanthemum Dew

Carpe Diem's Renga Challenge

the image shows
an old woman weeping alone
my friend the moon

passing through autumn
a butterfly seems to lick
chrysanthemum dew

five or six
sitting with tea and cakes
a fireplace

a skylark sings
the pheasant’s voice is
the instrumental music

how glorious
young green leaves
flash in the sun

early summer rains
falling so heavily they cover up
the waterfall

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from “Basho, The Complete Haiku”)

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A Girl Collecting Chrysanthemum Dew by the stream (woodblock print)

the image shows
an old woman weeping alone
my friend the moon

brush the loneliness away
for the wind brings some hope

passing through autumn
a butterfly seems to lick
chrysanthemum dew

like crystal pearl drops
such a morning surprise

five or six
sitting with tea and cakes
a fireplace

reminiscing of the past
feeling all sentimental

a skylark sings
the pheasant’s voice is
the instrumental music

lovely song radiates through air
the moon and stars pirouetting

how glorious
young green leaves
flash in the sun

flowers bloom get rid of gloom
days longer sky’s clearer

early summer rains
falling so heavily they cover up
the waterfall

sound of the fountain of life
stridently flowing

For: Carpe Diem Renga Challenge #3 Chrysanthemum Dew

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Carpe Diem Crossroads #13 chilly coolness

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chilly coolness
my feet on the wall
for a midday nap

the color of wind
planted artlessly
in a garden of reeds

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

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A chill in the air
Scent of blossoming bluebell
Swaying with the wind

A chill in the air
You gave me your coat
On our evening walk

Scent of blossoming bluebell
Birds tweeting up the trees
Fairy tale that weaves

Swaying with the wind
A new season is at hand
Hope for you and me

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Carpe Diem Crossroads #13 chilly coolness

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Troiku Challenge “a distant mountain”

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a distant mountain
seen in the sunlight:
a desolate field

a leaf of a paulownia tree
has fallen
in the sunlight

© Takahama Kyoshi (Tr. Katsuya Hiromoto)

Paulownia Tree

heart shaped leaves fell
sun shines from a distant
melancholic field

heart shaped leaves fell
as the wind brushes its leaves
a walk in the fields

sun shines from a distant
shadow of the tree
birds building their nest

melancholic field
unfulfilled promises
alone and bereft

(c) ladyleemanila 2018

For: Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Troiku Challenge “a distant mountain”