old friend

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1669 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (16) white crane
“Today I have a beautiful haiku by a classical master, Kikaku, an apprentice and very close friend of Basho. They loved each other dearly.

white crane

White Crane (Japanese Woodblock Print)

Here is the haiku to work with, it’s a haiku Kikaku wrote to comfort Basho because he was very ill, a few days later Basho died.”

How I wish to call
A white crane from Fukei,
But for this cold rain.                        © Kikaku

that seeps into those old bones
there is sadness in my heart            © 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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