Haunted House

Haunted House

Carpe Diem #1554 Haunted Houses (modern kigo)

8rusty gate
neglected garden withers
late autumn

abandoned-house

dilapidated house
wind moans through the crack
floor boards creak
moonlight playing with shadows
of lonely eidolon

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abandoned garden   
even angel tears
will not resurrect

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Last Curtain

Last Curtain

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #52 Tagore’s “Last Curtain”

the end of my days
consumed by earthly treasures
truth found to late
hours speed by, silence falls
the sun and moon still rise

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Last Curtain

I know that the day will come 
when my sight of this earth shall be lost, 
and life will take its leave in silence, 
drawing the last curtain over my eyes.

Yet stars will watch at night, 
and morning rise as before, 
and hours heave like sea waves casting up pleasures and pains.

When I think of this end of my moments, 
the barrier of the moments breaks 
and I see by the light of death 
thy world with its careless treasures. 
Rare is its lowliest seat, 
rare is its meanest of lives.

Things that I longed for in vain 
and things that I got 
—let them pass. 
Let me but truly possess 
the things that I ever spurned 
and overlooked.

© Rabindranath Tagore

Seeds of Wisdom

Seeds of Wisdom

Carpe Diem #1303 Seed of Wisdom

With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow;
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d–
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.” 

© Omar Khayyam (Tr. FitzGerald)

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moonflower blossoms
in the shadows of night
spilling her beauty
with day’s ascent she withers
returning from whence she came

 

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

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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

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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