renga with six

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #57 Renga With … six haiku poets

“For this weekend meditation I have chosen to challenge you to create a Renga With … not with one other haiku poet, but with six different haiku poets. So this weekend you can make a renga with the following haiku poets: Basho, Issa, Chiyo-Ni, Buson, Shiki and Jane Reichhold. Of course you may choose your own line-up. Your task is to add the two-lined stanza between the haiku through association on the scene(s) in the haiku.

Here are the six haiku to work with:”

all my years
floating in the river
a childish heart                  © Jane Reichhold (taken from our tribute e-book “All My Years”)

Keeping a young piece of me
close to the sound of water        © Sara McNulty

a flash of lightning:
the screech of a night-heron
flying in the darkness             © Basho

sky is streaked with purple bolts
night birds become wary                © Sara McNulty

the coolness
of the sound of water at night,
falling back into the well              © Issa

filling our needs to live
quenching our thirst for life        © Sara McNulty

autumn’s bright moon,
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky                            © Chiyo-Ni

bright enough to light ground
and touch feet with its glow            © Sara McNulty

pressing sushi;
after a while,
a feeling of loneliness                       © Buson

overcome with a need
for the company of people              © Sara McNulty

at the gate of a deserted house,
a cicada is crying in the rays
of the evening sun                              © Shiki


inhabitants cooling off
splashing in the river                        © Sara McNulty

About purplepeninportland

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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