Written for:  Carpe Diem #1612 Tan Renga Challenge Month 2019 (16) plumegrass
The haiku I have for you to work with is created somewhere in the 8th century (to be precise around 711).
In that time haiku wasn’t the name of it, it was something like waka, but not as we know waka (5 lines), but as a three lined waka. It was a real joy to go on this quest and I am glad that I found it. It’s a beauty written by O no Yasumaro (circa 711)


Here is the haiku to work with:

While you decline to cry,
high on the mountainside
a single stalk of plumegrass wilts.        © Ō no Yasumaro (circa 711), (Tr. Michael R. Burch)

your tears may revive the stalk
and others  on the mountain                  © 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 weeping

  1. Nicely completed Tan Renga.


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