from the paulownia
without a breath of wind–
falling leaves © Nozawa Boncho
brittle broken hearts collect
at the feet of princesses Kim M. Russell, 2017
Paulownia trees in autumn – image found on Flickr
My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #4 from the Paulownia
In today’s episode of the Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017, Chévrefeuille has given us a haiku by one of Basho’s leading disciples, Nozawa Boncho (1640-1714). He tells us that the poet was born c.1640 in Kanazawa and spent most of his life in Kyoto working as a doctor.
The goal is to create the second (two-lined) stanza inspired/associated on the scene in the first stanza of the Tan Renga. I have never come across a Paulownia before, so this was quite a challenge. And then I found out that its other name is ‘Princess Tree’!