a hat to cover
the body of our master
withered pampas leaves Shinshi (haigo of Takarai Kikaku)
bones and flesh return to dust
butterfly soul soars in sky ©2018 Linda Lee Lyberg
Author’s Note: Japan believes butterflies are the soul of the living and the dead.
Chèvrefeuille has given us a Tan Renga Challenge with a haiku written by Takarai Kikaku, and apprentice of Matsuo Basho. Kikaku wrote an account about Basho’s last days. Kikaku was also known as Shinshi and he wrote a tribute haiku for his master and placed it on his memorial stone at the Gichuji Temple in Awazu.