Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga – “the ancient woman” – Mary 16, 2015

uba-zakura saku ya rogo no omoi ide

the ancient woman
cherry tree blooms in old age
an event to remember

© Basho (at the age of 21)

wizened blossoms softly fall
sitting in the spring rain

remembering love
she watches the young man
walking down the lane

© G.s.k. ‘15

This is written for the Tan Renga episode of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Mi Mao Tom’s Spring Song — Kyoka – March 14, 2015

Netsuke of Two Cats

oh gentle geisha
how sweet’s your smile
mi mao
sing more for me just a while
your heady ways make me sigh

here at your feet
oh fine gentle creature
this lowly tom
must admire your subtle forms
I mi mao for your love

spring has come
oh sweet lithesome willow
your forms excite
this lowly creature … mi mao
come to visit with me tonight

ah the wind and rain
shall reign tonight my dove
if you’ll come to me
I’ll stroke your lovely back
oh – how we shall purr – mi mao

© G.s.k. ‘15

This kyoka was written thanks to my friend Jen who brought my attention to this wonderful Netsuke of Two Cats a 19th century Japanese wooden miniature – Information about the piece and the photo can be found HERE and more information about Netsuke can be found HERE