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Sunday, May 3, 2015

has spring come

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #82, Basho's first haiku (1662) "has spring come"

... a little bit ... instead of writing just the second stanza I challenge you to write (to a maximum of eight stanza) also the third until the (max) eight stanza in a sequence of: three lines, two lines, three lines, two lines, three lines, two lines, three lines and the last stanza two lines. (It's a kind of "Soliloquy no Renga").

The "hokku" (the opening verse) is the following (with preface):

Today we have the first day of spring in spite of the day.

has spring come
or the year gone away?
second last day

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

the bright sun belies wind chill
as we till the garden soil

the breath of spring
fills the birds enchanting song
second last day

the earth warms in the sunshine
as the days grow longer -

after work mowing
the air filled with grassy smells
achooo, spring cold

bees search for pollen
among the roadside flowers

cherry blooms fall
small cherries begin to form
hearts of stone

second last jar of cherry
jam from last year's bumper crop

©  Janice Adcock
Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


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