new robe

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1610 – Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (14)

Today I will give you a haiku created by Shiba Sonome (1664-1726) Shiba Sonome was a Japanese zen poet. She was an acquaintance and friend of Matsuo Bashō, and their correspondence is a treasure of zen and haiku history.

Sonome was known for her poetry, which possessed a frank and immediate sense of purpose.

Here is the haiku by Sonome to work with:

changing of the robes –
deliberately I go to the neighbour
to hold her child                                             © Shiba Sonome (Tr. Gabi Greve)

new robe hangs in her bedroom                © Sara McNulty
fresh and clean for ceremony

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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