renga with Basho

Written for:  Carpe Diem – Renga With Basho #9 A Mark On The Wall

“The goal is to create a renga with the given haiku, the line-up your own choice, through adding your second stanzas of two lines wit approximately 14 syllables. I have made another nice choice (I think) of haiku by Basho taken from Jane Reichhold’s “Basho, The Complete Haiku”.

Here are the six (6) haiku to use in your own line up, of course I hope you will create a beautiful “closed chain of stanzas” by adding your stanzas and a wonderful last verse or closing verse the “ageku”.

path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain                                         © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

tiny buds glint in the light
soon we will have bright red berries          © Sara McNulty

don’t be like me
even though we’re like the melon
split in two                                                          © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

remember both halves are sweet
taste better when united                                  © Sara McNulty

wait awhile
cut the soy beans to the sound
of monks beating bowls                                  © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

tall plants in large areas
will fill up many bellies                                   © Sara McNulty

building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets                                                        © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

wide wing span of egrets
bridges two mountain tops                             © Sara McNulty

plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds                                        © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold

Hollyhocks curl up to sleep
silence sweeps monastery                               © Sara McNulty

summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall                                             © Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold


watered words of poetry
alight under new sun                                      © Sara McNulty

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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to renga with Basho

  1. What an awesome renga you’ve created Sara. Really a joy to read several times.


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