renga with basho

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s ”Renga Challenge” create a renga with haiku by Basho.


rainy season

sea glow lights held up

by the night watchman

pale koi bubble to surface

paddle junk into harbor


the blue sea

in waves smelling of saké

tonight’s full moon

sitting with friend on the beach

quietly sip from warm cup


on a bare branch

a crow settled down

autumn evening

vermillion koyo fallen

colors faded with sunset



Haiku © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)           Renga response © lynn__

japanese painting

Kristjaan’s prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  is “paint”


delicate brushstrokes

translucent koi swim in sync

watercolor wash



no shining example


Let’s not be koi about this:

ornamental is all about image-

in reality,  just common carp

(classification: carp-e diem, isn’t it?)

So seize the day like a greedy fish-

searching with mouth wide open,

chasing anything that moves,

pushing your way ahead of the rest

to suck in and swallow every

tasty (but possibly toxic)

tidbit tossed your way?


Jeremiah 6:13  “From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike all practice deceit.”