Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at the 2nd episode of May 2019. This month we are creating short chained verses or Tan Renga. Tan Renga looks a lot like tanka, but instead of written by one haiku poet it is written by two haiku poets and therefore it's the smallest form of a chained verse.
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.
|Basho Tree or Banana Tree|
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 ue te mazu nikumu ogi no futaba kana
planting a banana tree
more than ever I hate
|Thistle in Full Bloom|
dewdrops shimmer at dawn © Chèvrefeuille
making them stunning at dawn © Chèvrefeuille