Renga With Basho #10

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #53 Renga With Basho #10 “summer’s night”
“Welcome at the first edition of our anniversary month’s weekend meditations. This month I love to challenge you every weekend meditation to create a renga with one of the four greatest haiku poets ever: Basho, Issa, Buson and Shiki.”

I have chosen six (6) haiku written by Basho and you have to use one of them as the “hokku”. As you have read this weekend meditation is titled “summer’s night”. “Summer’s Night” is the first line of one of the six given haiku, that haiku you have to use as “hokku”. The other five you can give your own line-up.
The goal is to add the two-lined stanza of approximately 14 syllables and make the renga complete. Your closing verse, the “ageku”, has to close the chain through association on the “hokku”.


summer’s night
the tree spirit follows in
the sound of wooden shoes

lightly brushing forest ground
winked at by the face of moon

a bamboo shoot
when I was a child it was
fun to sketch

Animals were hard for me
darted off too soon to capture

day after day
barley ripens
a singing skylark

encourages strong growth
ensuring good crop this year

rice paddy sparrows
shelter in the tea plants
when chased away

they are fond of the scent
and remain well protected

clapping my hands
the echo as it dawns
of a summer moon

gone into shadow for day
preparing for full night

begonia flowers
blooming in the colors
of a watermelon


feel light touch of tree spirits
as sky infuses with their shade

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from “Basho, the complete haiku”)

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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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