Meditation – Solo Renga

the dust of stars
shining radiance
© Jane Reichhold

in magic of full moon light
star dust and snow flakes mingle

through the stillness –
falling snowflakes bathing
in moonlight

twinkling as they drift
I am held in this moment

day moon lingering
bids farewell to moonflower
hints of melancholy

rising sun on horizon…
moonflower is now asleep

Pat R


Carpe Diem Haiku


Bleeding Heart

bleeding heart
falling one by one –
long goodbye

Pat R



falling to the ground
a flower closer to the root
bidding farewell

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

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White Poppy – Tan Renga


PHOTO: Snowy Moonlit Night

white poppy
it must have bloomed
from a wintry shower
© Basho

no missed opportunity
would that I were so blessed

Pat R


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Arms of Nature

boisterous creek rushing,
sound of wind through maple leaves
in the arms of nature

Pat R


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This month we are exploring Basho’s way of writing haiku, today’s technique is the ‘comparison’ technique explained as follows,

“…In the words of Betty Drevniok: “In haiku the SOMETHING and the SOMETHING ELSE are set down together in clearly stated images. Together they complete and fulfill each other as ONE PARTICULAR EVENT.” She rather leaves the reader to understand that the idea of comparison is showing how two different things are similar or share similar aspects…”

Im’ not sure I got it but there it is:)

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Carpe Diem Haiku

Quick Splash

Open Lilly in pond

a quick splash
spreading circles
frog hiding

Pat R


A translation of Basho’s  ‘old pond’ haiku

Inspired by

The old pond
A frog jumps in-
The sound of the water
– Basho

Falling water
Resonates through the mountains
Frog’s shadow
-Chèvrefeuille (our host )

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Autumn Beach


Carpe Diem #886 the journey continues: writing something, the moon clear, harvest moon, loneliness

waves lap onto shore
no footprints to wash out to sea
lonely autumn beach

Pat R


“… The beach was dotted with a number of fisherman’s cottages and a tiny temple. As I sat in the temple drinking warm tea and sake, I was overwhelmed by the loneliness of the evening scene.

clarity is only out done
by an autumn beach…”

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Carpe Diem #885 without you: Stone Mountain, at Yamanaka, from this day on

companion gone
savoring of the journey
took a turn
lone footsteps

“…I felt deeply in my heart both the sorrow of one that goes and the grief of one that remains, just as a solitary bird separated from his flock in dark clouds, and wrote in answer:

from this day on
dew will erase the writing
on my hat

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)…”

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Warm Springs

Carpe Diem #885 without you: Stone Mountain, at Yamanaka, from this day on

in the shadow
of stone mountain soak in
warm springs fill the senses

Pat R


Inspired by

“…enjoyed a bath in the hot spring whose marvelous properties had a reputation of being second to none, except the hot spring of Ariake.

at Yamanaka
it’s not necessary to pluck chrysanthemums
hot spring fragrance

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)…”

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