Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (13) Withered Pampas Leaves

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month 2018. Today I have a very special haiku for you. It was written by Takarai Kikaku, and apprentice of Matsuo Basho. Kikaku wrote an account about Basho's last days. Kikaku was also known as Shinshi and he wrote a tribute haiku for his master and placed it on his memorial stone at the Gichuji Temple in Awazu.

A hat to cover
The body of our master,
Withered pampas leaves.

© Shinshi (haigo of Takarai Kikaku)

Basho's Memorial Stone at the Gichuji Temple in Awazu

By the way you can find the above mentioned Account on the last days of Basho at Simply Haiku, an online haiku magazine. It's a real nice piece of prose (and haiku) written by Kikaku.

Add your 2nd stanza of two lines of approximately 14 syllables and make the Tan Renga complete.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 25th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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