Gogō-an – tan renga

Gogō-an

The cottage where Ryokan lived from 1804 to 1816

The plum blossoms gone,
They look older than they are
Ancient cottage eaves
                            (Ryokan Taigu)

moss on shingles holds last trace
dry leaves stubbornly clinging
______

The plum blossoms gone,
They look older than they are
Ancient cottage eaves
                            (Ryokan Taigu)

witness to timeless seasons
simple man’s impermanence

This is my response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #102, write two lines to follow a given hokku, essentially creating a tanka.  Ryokan (1758-1831) was a Buddhist priest and poet who named his simple cottage halfway up Mount Kugami… Gogō-an.  Gogō is half a shō, the amount of rice necessary to sustain a man for one day; an is a hermitage.

Gogō-an image as provided by Carpe Diem

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