Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am under the impression that you all love this Renga Challenge feature and I think it's awesome to write a renga together with one of the classic masters. For this third episode I have again six beauties written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) in a translation by Jane Reichhold. I still miss her, but I know that her spirit is still dwelling here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. As I think of her I only can smile and be gratefull that I have known her and have worked with her.
The goal is to create a renga with a minimum of six stanza and a maximum of 12 stanza. You can use the haiku I give in any order, the only thing you have to do is create the two-lined stanza between the haiku through association on the images/scenes in the haiku.
|A Girl Collecting Chrysanthemum Dew by the stream (woodblock print)|
the image shows
an old woman weeping alone
my friend the moon
passing through autumn
a butterfly seems to lick
five or six
sitting with tea and cakes
a skylark sings
the pheasant's voice is
the instrumental music
young green leaves
flash in the sun
early summer rains
falling so heavily they cover up
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold, taken from "Basho, The Complete Haiku")
All great haiku ... enjoy your renga-party together with Basho.
This Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 24th at noon (CEST). Have fun!