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A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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Buddha Poornima

Buddha Poornima -
the half-closed eyes
within the halo

ajaya

each raindrop
wheeling into circles

kala

the soft sounds
of someone nearing
my doorstep

ajaya

after so many years
the blanket we still share

kala

the shadows
of leaves wavering
over a forest stream

ajaya

a lioness in her den
licks her wounds dry

kala

the fragrance of champa
rides on
a gust of spring wind

ajaya

the rising sun lights up
our side of the world

kala




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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