A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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Buddha Poornima

Buddha Poornima -
the half-closed eyes
within the halo


each raindrop
wheeling into circles


the soft sounds
of someone nearing
my doorstep


after so many years
the blanket we still share


the shadows
of leaves wavering
over a forest stream


a lioness in her den
licks her wounds dry


the fragrance of champa
rides on
a gust of spring wind


the rising sun lights up
our side of the world


Ajaya Mahala, India - 1, 3, 5 & 7
Kala Ramesh (sabaki), India - 2, 4, 6 & 8.

A rasika renku written by Ajaya Mahala and Kala Ramesh for the Buddha Poornima Event (to view the full moon from the mountains) organised by Ajaya on Matgoan on 4th May, 2015.

This renku was written in one hour after our dinner on 4th May, late in the night. The speed at which we finished was noteworthy! The last verse alone (ageku) was written the first thing when I got up from sleep the next morning.

One point that needs to be explained here is that Buddha Poornima (Buddha's birthday) this year was on 4th of May, which is mid-summer for us in India.

Schema we followed:

Hokku - summer MOON (early)
Wakiku - summer (end)
daisan - no season (love)
4th - winter - (love)
5th - no season
6th - no season
7th - spring blossom
8th - ageku (last verse - no season)

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