Chrysanthemum Dew

how glorious
young green leaves
flash in the sun

revealing new tenderness
after glorious blossom

a skylark sings
the pheasant’s voice is
the instrumental music

following the dawn chorus
a composition for two

early summer rains
falling so heavily they cover up
the waterfall

conjures rainbows and applause
long after the thunderstorm

passing through autumn
a butterfly seems to lick
chrysanthemum dew

pirouettes with rusty leaves
and falls on frost-muted grass

five or six
sitting with tea and cakes
a fireplace

keeping out the cold night air
with flames and conversation

the image shows
an old woman weeping alone
my friend the moon

both faces are reflected
in a reservoir of tears

 Kim M. Russell, 11th June 2018

A Girl Collecting Chrysanthemum Dew by the stream (woodblock print)

 My response to Carpe Diem Renga Challenge #3 Chrysanthemum Dew

Today is the third episode of the renga challenge, in which the goal is to create a renga with a minimum of six and a maximum of 12 stanzas. We can use the haiku in any order. The only thing we have to do is create the two-lined stanzas between the haiku. . and the six haiku we have been given are by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694, translated by Jane Reichhold.

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