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               

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               


photo( my pic )

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #97

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A tribute to Chiyo-ni

meigetsu ni kaerite hanasu koto wa nashi

moon-viewing —
after coming home
nothing to say .


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 …

autumn harvest moon
is she looking at you too –
stranger’s pond lily .

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

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The Pillar of the Cloud

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 .


for ,
Haiku Horizons prompt “lead “

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