Monthly Archives: August 2015

remembering Shohaku

in the twilight
as stars twinkle bright and clear
Honeysuckle perfume                      (Chèvrefeuille)

where the waters flow afar
the village glows with sweet plum flowers               
(Shohaku)

here is my attempt to heighten Shohaku’s tan renga :

to the mountain streams
new plum blossoms , deflowered-
careless wind of spring .
(milan rajkumar)

where the waters flow afar
the village glows with sweet plum flowers               
(Shohaku)

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photo( my pic )

for,
Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #97

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A tribute to Chiyo-ni

名月に帰りて咄す事はなし
meigetsu ni kaerite hanasu koto wa nashi

moon-viewing —
after coming home
nothing to say .

Chiyo-ni

One of the haiku master that I hopelessly fell in love with was Kaga No Chiyo  or better known as Chiyo-ni . Her life was full of tragedies . The death of her husband and her only son broken her heart . She became a nun and thus the name “ni” . Her entire life was dedicated to writing haiku and poetry .

I love the above haiku -moon viewing-
as it shows her endurance and dedication to poetry amidst the tragedies . ….
In the above haiku she enjoyed the viewing of the full moon until late into the night, and then she went home. Maybe she gazed at the full moon the whole night …  but when she returned home she could not say anything except the feeling of being moon-struck. There was nothing more…

Inspired by her life and by the above poetry , I wrote this haiku …

 

looking at you too

harvest moon –

stranger’s pond lily

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photo(my pic )

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for,
Carpe Diem My Favorite Haiku by … #2 Chiyo-Ni’s Morning Glory

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Lead

The Pillar of the Cloud

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LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom
          Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home—
          Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene—one step enough for me.
…,…….
At Sea.
June 16, 1833.
John Henry Newman .

when I saw this week’ s prompt of
Haiku Horizons , I suddenly remember my all time ‘mantra’ , Lead Kindly Light of Newman . it took me thee days to write this haiku inspired by the above poem

old wooden lantern
leads me to the ancient shrine –
in broad daylight too .

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for ,
Haiku Horizons prompt “lead “
.

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #96 Sumitaku Kenshin’s out of the washbowl

Out of the washbowl
I scoop up,
my distorted face                                     (Sumitaku Kenshin)

the ice cold water refreshes
my face, my heart and my mind               (Chèvrefeuille) .
~~~~~~~~~~~~

my attempt to heighten Kenshin ‘ haiku :
: a tan renga :

Out of the washbowl
I scoop up,
my distorted face                                     (Sumitaku Kenshin)

smell of morning incense sticks
a new face touches heaven !

(milan rajkumar )

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photo (my pic)

for,
Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #96 Sumitaku Kenshin’s out of the washbowl

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rice planting song

風流の / 初やおくの / 田植うた
Fûryû no / hajime ya oku no / ta ue uta
The true beginnings / Of poetry—an Oku / Rice-planting song
Basho

when I started writing haikus few years back ,i read a series of them ,especially of the Master (Basho) . the intriguing part was that it were related to Zen philosophy . the selflessness ,emotionless ,  sentiment- less , nature based haikus of the Master always follow me whenever I write them like a ghost .

based on this concept , and not forgetting kigo and kireji , i flow down along with the ghost…..

rice planting women
their songs are lost in the wind
submerged paddy fields .

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for,
Carpe Diem My favorite haiku by … #1 Matsuo Basho (1644-1694): a snowstorm of flowers

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