The Day Starts with a Papier-Maché Cat

it is seen
in the papier-maché cat
the morning of autumn
­                                                                      the rising sun on its back
­                                                                      purring with the dawn chorus
Basho

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two houses!
two houses making rice-cakes:
autumn rain
­                                                                      sizzle of competing pans
­                                                                      a counterpoint to raindrops
Issa

with the autumn tempest
the small drum
falls from its shelf
­­                                                                      rattler of doors and windows
­                                                                      the wind’s a percussionist
Shiki

when I go out of the gate
I also am a traveller
in the autumn evening
­                                                                     paths of possibility
­                                                                     meet at the crossroads of choice
Buson

along this road
goes no one
this autumn eve
­                                                                     only signs of human life
­                                                                     are wisps of smoke from chimneys
Basho

autumn’s bright moon
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky
­                                                                     constantly moving signpost
­                                                                     on the horizon of truth

Chiyo-Ni                                                      Kim M. Russell, 18th November 2018

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My response to Carpe Diem #1547 Renga With … the big five haiku poets

Today our challenge is to create a renga together with the ‘big five’: Basho, Chiyo-Ni, Issa, Buson and Shiki. We may use the haiku in a sequence of our choice; all we have to do is add two-line stanzas of approximately 7-7 syllables to make the renga a story about autumn.

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5 thoughts on “The Day Starts with a Papier-Maché Cat

  1. I love your present day response, the counterpoint of dueling pans sizzling, the sun on its back, the rattle of percussionist, wisp of wood smoke. What a symphony. It’s all there!

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