Written for:  Carpe Diem #1655 Tan Renga (2) — Beautiful Ugliness
“For today’s Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku by a not so well known haiku poet and contemporary of Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Yozakura better known here at CDHK as the Unknown Haiku Poet.

In the Spring of 1681 a disciple of Basho, called Rika, presented him a banana tree (a Basho). From that moment on he changed his name to Basho and his home was called ‘Basho-an’ (the banana tree cottage).

As Basho he became a famous haiku master. His earlier haiku, which he wrote under several pseudonyms, are now also known as haiku written by Basho. The first haiku he wrote as Basho was the following one (according to Jane Reichhold):”

basho tree

basho ue te mazu nikumu ogi no futaba kana

planting a banana tree
more than ever I hate
sprouting reeds

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

“The above haiku isn’t the haiku to work with by the way. It’s another beautiful haiku created by Yozakura, the Unknown Haiku Poet:”

unworthy to look at
beautiful ugliness © Yozakura

thistles in full bloom
dewdrops shimmer at dawn © Chèvrefeuille

or this 2nd stanza:

dewdrops on thistles in full bloom
making them stunning at dawn © Chèvrefeuille


Here is my attempt:


unworthy to look at
beautiful ugliness                          © Yozakura

dandelions dance under moon
light rests on yellow heads            © 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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3 Responses to dandelions

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    It is a beautiful Tan Renga, Sara.


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