A Mark on the Wall

path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain
­                                                                     gathering between petals
­                                                                     a pool of drowning pollen
summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall
­                                                                     distant memory of words
­                                                                     imprinted in a damp smudge
don’t be like me
even though we’re like the melon
split in two
­                                                                     we fit together sweetly
­                                                                     self-contained with juiciness
wait awhile
cut the soy beans to the sound
of monks beating bowls
­                                                                     hunger enhances flavour
­                                                                     when there’s no money for spice
building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets
­                                                                     feathers and snowflakes mingle
­                                                                     a silent blanket of white
plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds
­                                                                     the moon’s a blustery kite
­                                                                     with a tail of ice and stars

Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) ­          Kim M. Russell, 25/09/2018

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My response to Carpe Diem Renga With Basho #9 A Mark On The Wall

In a new episode of Carpe Diem’s special feature ‘Renga With Basho’, we are creating renga with a given selection of haiku by Matsuo Basho. The line-up  is own choice, to which we add two-line stanzas with approximately 14 syllables to create a closed chain, ending with an ‘ageku’. The haiku have been taken from Jane Reichhold’s Basho, The Complete Haiku.

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10 thoughts on “A Mark on the Wall

  1. “wait awhile
    cut the soy beans to the sound
    of monks beating bowls
    hunger enhances flavour
    when there’s no money for spice”

    My favourite.
    Well done Kim

    Much❤🕊love

    Liked by 1 person

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