Tan Renga! July 5, 2014

Today, stimulated by the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt for this week’s Tan Renga I’m going to try to create a closing ku for a hokku written by Yasomura Rotsu.  Here is what Chèvefeulle tells us about him:

Rotsu was born at the temple Miidera, but when this happened isn’t very clear. It is said that Rotsu was 90 when he died in 1738. Rotsu was from Otsu in Omi and well versed in poetry and classical literature.

He was one of the eccentric disciples of Basho. He traveled as a mendicant begging monk around Japan for many years and later returned to a secular life.
He joined the Basho discipels in 1685 and lived for a while close to the Basho-An in Fukagawa Edo.
He could not accompany Basho for his trip to “Oku no Hosomichi” but went all the way to Tsuruga to meet him on the last leg of the trip.
Rotsu was one of the Fukagawa Happin, “Eight Beggars of Fukagawa”  a company of eight friends (including Basho) which came together on a regular base to write renga together.


And now for the hokku:

higon-mae samusa mo hito-yo futa-yo kana

before the spring equinox;
the cold will last
only a night or two more

© Yasomura Rotsu

down quilt on the futon
a warm fire in the morn

© G.s.k. ’14

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6 thoughts on “Tan Renga! July 5, 2014

  1. Your closing lines sound like my life here in southern Australia right now as winter closes in and the spring equinox is still months away. 🙂


    • Ah … strange enough even here in the north we’ve been have some pretty cold weather, though of course not wintry. You’ve just had your winter solstice … I think there is a bit to wait for spring. I’m thinking some warm thoughts for you. 🙂


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