Basho’s Journey

coming to the eye
especially at this time
May’s Mount Fuji
­                                                                   rising in a clear blue sky
­                                                                   shrugging off a cloud of mist
blooming wildly
among the peach trees
first cherry blossoms
­                                                                   embroidered silken flowers
­                                                                   burst through nascent greenery
butterflies and birds
restlessly they rise up
a cloud of flowers
­­                                                                   spiralling in petal dance
­                                                                   sudden shower of colour
spring rain
trickling into the wasp’s nest
a leaky roof
­                                                                   ancient thatch must be repaired
­                                                                   before winter storms arrive
the lettuce
leaves are just as green
eggplant soup
­                                                                   crispy flavour of sunshine
­                                                                   aroma of falling leaves
life’s journey
plowing the patch of rice field
back and forth
­                                                                   Fuji on the horizon­
­                                                                   under a blanket of snow

Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)        Kim M. Russell, 10th November 2019

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My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #109 Renga with Basho: life’s journey

This weekend we are writing Renga with Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) from six given haiku written by him, to which we must add our two-lined stanzas. The given haiku were written in the final years of his life, when Basho travelled and created his masterpiece haibun ‘Oku No Hosomichi’ (The Small Road Into The High North). We may choose the sequence, remembering to complete the chain between the Hokku and the Ageku.

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