The Last Colorful Leaves

The Last Colorful Leaves

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #7 Tan Renga Challenge “the last colorful leaves”


deep silence
the shrill of cicadas
seeps into rocks                    © Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694)

autumn grass
bows in the setting sun     © Dolores Fegan


row upon row
of white birch
glisten in the sun              © Dolores Fegan

soft winter breeze cherishes
the last colorful leaves           © Chèvrefeuille

Weekend Meditation # 1

Weekend Meditation # 1

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge weekend-meditation #1 raindrops

This challenge is for square Tan Renga.

Dew drops in denim © Dolores Fegan

three raindrops
a greeting card from heaven…
midsummer heat                     © Issa

stretching out my hand
I catch a drop on my finger tip                                                    © Dolores

touching it to my eye
I remember your smile                                                                 © Dolores






flying away
following the rainbow
into heaven                                                                                     © Chèvrefeuille

our eyes fixed on shrinking dot
the release of an injured bird                                                     © Dolores

colors fade too soon
but our hearts are filled with hope                                            © Dolores

Springtime (Kikaku)

Springtime (Kikaku)

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #14 Springtime (Kikaku)

Yakuoin.jpgDick Thomas Johnson

Springtime in Edo,
Not a day passes without
A temple bell sold.               

                                                             © Kikaku

At the gates of  Yakuoin
A pilgrim washes his hands                    

                                                             © Dolores    

Tan Renga Challenges

Tan Renga Challenges

two sets of footprints
in freshly fallen snow
one pair from Kyoto                    

© Hamish Managua Gunn

the other from Osaka
did their owner’s pause to greet?

© Dolores


Ishizuchi mo nankin no hana mo ooi nari

The flower of a pumpkin
as well as Mt. Ishizuchi
is great in scale

© Tomiyasu Fusei (1885 – 1979)

the moonflower
swallows the harvest moon

© Dolores



The “hokku” of today is by me, so it is a tanka., not a Tan Renga


autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away
in the silence left behind
a hint of fresh hope

© Dolores