Renga Challenge #1

Renga Challenge #1

Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #1 a cherry tree blooming in old age 

The following haiku are © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, “Basho, The Complete Haiku”)
the two line verses of this renga belong to me.


the voice of reeds
sounds like the autumn wind
from another mouth

echoing with loneliness
stirring the hopes of the past

in summer rain
would you be happy with
the moon’s face

when an other’s wistful eyes
shine much brighter than the stars

separated by clouds
the wild goose lives apart for a while
from his friend

someday soon, my darling love
we too will be together

Sea King and the Magic Jewels

Sea King and the Magic Jewels

Carpe Diem #1355 The Sea King and the Magic Jewels (Japanese fairytale)

a thousand times
repayment not enough
brother unappeased


tears mixed with sea
Lord of the sea salt rises
giving hope

in the sea of reeds
palace of fish scales
glimmers like gems


trust broken
jeweled princess returns home
leaving her child
as the sea path closes
her sister appears with a song


sea flowers
sway on the reef
gems of the ocean