Tan Renga with Basho “this autumn” – May 23, 2015

spring buds

spring buds

this autumn
why getting older is like
a bird into clouds

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Well … I’m just going to look at this hokku I don’t want to have any background info, since I want to pretend I’m actually doing a renga in the old sense of the word, I scratch my head and wonder but in relation to my own here and now, the answering closing lines and new hokku come fairly easily:

this autumn
why getting older is like
a bird into the clouds

© Basho

wings long to find the airways
that lead to gentle spring

let red leaves fall
these grey wings stretch towards
pink cherry blossoms

© G.s.k. ‘15

My idea is that autumn brings on the cold but autumn is also a metaphor of old age, looking at the flocks of birds flying south is like imagining a return to a warmer place avoiding cold winter but it’s also like contemplating a return  to ones youth. This particular concept isn’t at all difficult for me to imagine being 63 years old!  😉

This renga was written thanks to CDHK – “this autumn”

9 thoughts on “Tan Renga with Basho “this autumn” – May 23, 2015

  1. Now I’ve read the post written by Chèvrefeuille … brilliantly as always … the concept of death is presented: “I think you all can see, feel, sense that feeling of departure, the feeling that death is closing in” and “I have tried to associate on the feeling of death and dying with this second stanza and I think it makes the Tan Renga complete.” I love the way eachperson reads a haiku from his/her own perspective …


  2. Now that I can relate too. In my readings about wabi-sabi I came across the idea that old age is the essence of wabi. My internet is playing tricks on me. I tried to leave a comment on one of your blogs but I don’t know if it worked. I wanted to say thankyou for spurring me on to further investigations about wabi sabi. I’ve been doing some illuminating research. So if the comment didn’t post please accept my sincere thanks here.


    • I’m happy that you’re researching into wabi … can be very interesting and I’m happy if anything I’ve said encourages you.

      Internet has been giving me problems as well the last few days … I attribute it to wet weather … we’ve had a few really howling storms that brought our temps down! I always find it odd when someone on another continent has Internet problems the same time I do … makes the world seem smaller 🙂


      • That is weird. Maybe it’s too do with the solar flares and solar storms – they can affect electronic communications.
        Yes, you really did encourage me. Thanks again. 🙂


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