Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Soliloquy No Renga - (or "catku" inspired by Issa) September 20, 2014

We have yet a new challenge at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai ... and it really looks a lot of fun.  I suggest that you follow the link though in order to understand what's going on!

To start my solitary renga ... I look to Issa for my hokku, and as my pen name is Bastet ... I choose write a "catku"  ;-)  :

having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.

© Issa
Translated by Robert Hass) 

sudden unholy howling
under the moonlight at dawn

startled monk wakes-up
his peaceful dreams disturbed
sandals in his hands

immodest lovers close by
monk's sandals fly through the air

errant haunting thoughts
the young monk on his futon
tosses and turns at dawn

cool breeze among the bamboo
inviting spring time visions

cat purrs satisfied
entering the monks bedroom
soon fast asleep

having made love the cat yawns
curling up on the futon


  1. I really like the satisfied cat and the poor startled monk.

    But soon I imagine the monk able to achieve his own zen moment. Enjoying the purr of the cat. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my 'shades of purple'. You are kind words are comforting. :)

    1. Thanks Jules ... without a doubt his zen moment will come. :-)

  2. That naughty cat -- putting "spring time" visions in a monk's dreams! And talk about adding insult to injury - purring, and curling up to sleep on the monk's futon. Shameless ;)

    (Can I throw a sandal too?)

    Great solo renga!

    1. LOL ... thanks Jen. You can throw all the sandals you want!

    2. did you hear the whooshing sound just now? ;)

  3. Nice sets full of humorous images to satisfy! Loved it.

    1. It was fun to do .. and Issa always inspires me to humor.


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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