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Saturday, November 9, 2019
Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #109 Renga with Basho ... life's journey
!! Open for your submissions next Sunday November 10th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!
Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Sorry for being late with publishing our new Weekend Meditation, but here it is. This weekend I love to give you the possibility to write a Renga with Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). I have selected six beautiful haiku written by him and it's up to you to create the Renga by adding your two-lined stanza.
This time I have chosen for six haiku which he wrote in the last years of his life. In the last years of his life Basho traveled a lot and in those years he created his masterpiece "Oku No Hosomichi" (The Small Road Into The High North), that haibun has become a classic piece of literature and is renown around the world.
Here are the six haiku to work with. You can choose your own "line-up" and have to try to "complete the chain" through the Hokku (starting verse) and the Ageku (closing verse). Enjoy this challenge.
trickling into the wasp's nest
a leaky roof
among the peach trees
first cherry blossoms
butterflies and birds
restlessly they rise up
a cloud of flowers
coming to the eye
especially at this time
May's Mount Fuji
plowing the patch of rice field
back and forth
leaves are just as green
© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
* all the above haiku were extracted from Jane Reichhold's "Basho, The Complete Haiku".
This weekend meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 17th at noon (CET). Have a great weekend and enjoy the "renga-session" with Basho.
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