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.

In response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Chained Together III:  Withered pampas leaves

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.

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