A Summer Bachelor

missing a wife
putting on bamboo grass
­                                                                   a bachelor’s life

­                                                                   drinking tea in the garden
­                                                                   the new day stretches ahead
path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain
­                                                                   drops pattering on petals
­                                                                   a welcome break to silence
a dragonfly
unable to settle
on the grass
­                                                                   reflects rainbows in its wings
­                                                                   confusing whirr of colour
above all else
a dependable chinquapin tree stands
in a summer grove
­                                                                   the bachelor lights his pipe
­                                                                   memories rise with the smoke
each with its own light
fireflies in the trees
lodge in flowers
 ­                                                                  no sparks in an empty bed
­                                                                   as the sun sinks in the sky

Matsuo Basho                                         Kim M. Russell, 12th September 2018

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My response to Renga With Basho Hineri #8 missing a wife

Today we have a new episode of Renga With Basho Hineri (with a twist). Chèvrefeuille tells us that Matsuo Basho wrote a lot of haiku during his lifetime (around 1000) and that there is one haiku written by him that isn’t finished, the third line is missing. We don’t know whether the haiku was really unfinished or whether the third line has been lost.

In this episode we have been give six haiku written by Basho, one of which is the unfinished haiku. The goal is to create a renga by adding our two-line stanzas (approximately 14 syllables) as well s completing the unfinished haiku. We may choose the order of the haiku.


3 thoughts on “A Summer Bachelor

    1. Than kyou, Kristjaan. I’m afraid I’m still having problems with the Internet at the moment and so am unable to post. I’m reading and commenting whenever I get a connection until the telephone engineer arrives this afternoon. I hope he can fix it.

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