Flower-like Snowflakes

sleep on a journey
then you will understand my poem
autumn winds

alliterating whispers
in their gathering of leaves

into the sea
throwing my sandals
rain on my hat

splashing salt and freshwater
embrace with a breezy kiss

a crane on the rice paddy
in a village in autumn

a wisp of grey happiness
wading in longevity

polished again
the mirror is as clear as
flower-like snowflakes

reflections of memories
lingering in long gone youth

Kim M. Russell, 27th July 2018

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My response to Carpe Diem’s Renga Challenge #4 flower-like snowflakes

In this special feature, our challenge is to create a renga together with Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), based on six  haiku written by him and chosen from Jane Reichhold’s Basho, The Complete Haiku. All the given haiku by Basho are translated by Jane Reichhold. We may use them all or take a few to create our own line-up for our renga. The task is to create a renga of at least six and a maximum of 12 stanzas, completing the renga by writing the two-lined stanzas in between. We should try to create a ‘full circle’ or ‘closed chain’ through the last verse, the ageku. We may choose our hokku from the six given haiku.



6 thoughts on “Flower-like Snowflakes

  1. A really nice renga. It’s amazing to see how you all create a renga together with Basho. I have read the other entries and they all start with a different hokku. Your ryokin is a wonderful read and in a way you tell a nice story. Basho would applaud you for it.

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