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Kasen: The Golden Bell

28 January-17 June 2008
          Mandala
          D. Horse
          Tina
          Anne

   striking 2008
   the golden bell opens
   a new horizon
        (Mandala)


         mandala
 
     it also tolls for
     the old man and the sea
        (D. Horse)

   a shabby cat
   strayed into
   a rainy alley
        (Tina)

     tiger beer?
     a big smile at the bar
        (Anne)

   noise of garbage trucks
   hubbub at a newsstand
   moon hangs hazily
        (d.horse)

     crowd jostle for home
     the spring festival
        (mandala)


   daffodils in a row
   nodding each other
   like freshmen at college
        (anne)


                    mandala

     do you know that Mrs. Smith
     who plays the shamisen ?
        (tina)

   at the great gate
   thus wooed the girl
   Zarathustra
        (mandala)

     wake up, my friend
     you were in a deep dream
        (d.horse)

   for the Pluto
   the last space shuttle's
   already taken off
        (tina)

     pomegranate sweet
     in the moonlight
        (anne)

   red and yellow leaves
   underneath were people
   carrying all black backpacks
        (d.horse)

     here comes a wild boar
     straight down a single path
        (mandala)

   seven-branch-sword
   given by damsel
   as a token of love
        (anne)


                  national treasure (Nara National Museum)

     unexpectedly huge bird
     reflected in the mirror
        (tina)

   hawks and doves
   all forget to fight
   the cherry blossoms
        (mandala)

     war-battered hometown, alack
     ruined castle in deep weeds
        (Tu Fu / d.horse)

二オ
   roaring
   a farm tractor
   approaching
        (tina)


                  mandala

     shampooed and permed
     wife is ready to go out
        (anne)

   no places to visit
   no friends to call
   a blissful afternoon nap
        (d.horse)

     who shout for freedom
     from jails in Tibet?
        (mandala)

   through a hole to the sky
   lamentation rose up
   like clouds
        (anne)

     something heavy-looking
     dropped in the lotus pond
        (tina)

   flesh and blood
   after the holy dinner
   a tipsy lurch
        (mandala)

     time heals a broken heart?
     but it stood still
        (d.horse)

   a bandoneon
   touches again
   the slow writer
        (tina)

     Templo de la Sagrada Famillia,
     a Japanese mason's there
        (anne)

   a train whistle far off
   a dog howling near by
   moonlit silence of a night
        (d.horse)

     a hut midst the pampas
     alone in autumn wind
        (mandala)

ナウ
   a basketful of mushrooms
   delivered
   from secret mountain
        (anne)


             mandala

     the toy brick house
     suddenly broken down
        (tina)

   to right to left
   ocean splits in half
   making high walls
        (mandala)

     Listen, they started removing
     snow of the alpine highway
        (d.horse)

   pale pink petals
   drifting around
   all day long
        (tina)

     footprints of Princess Saho
     everywhere on the meadow
        (anne)

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みなさま
お楽しみいただけたでしょうか?
それでは、またの機会に!

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mandala | 2008/06/18 9:49 AM
Listen, they started removing
snow of the alpine highway
(d.horse)

pale pink petals
drifting around
all day long
(tina)

36
footprints of Princess Saho
everywhere on the meadow

御一直おねがいします。アン
anne | 2008/06/17 11:21 PM
Anne さま
挙句をどうぞ。
1句でおきめください。
mandala | 2008/06/16 12:14 AM
That (↓) was me, tina, sorry!!
tina | 2008/06/13 6:06 PM
to right to left
waters split in two
making high walls
(mandala)


Listen, they started removing
snow of the alpine highway
(d.horse)

for #35

pale pink petals
drifting around
all day long

cherries and apples
of the gourd-shaped hamlet
in full bloom

dancing and singing
flowery-dressed girls
under the tree

taratantara
scattering
the blossoms

(tina)

何卒宜しくおねがいいたします。
| 2008/06/13 12:16 PM
なおし
第33句

 waters split in two

の部分を

ocean splits in half

と直させてください。
mandala | 2008/05/25 3:13 PM
#33
to right to left
 waters split in two
 making high walls
(mandala)

for #34

no single tree nor grass
Mt. Sinai stood in haze
(d.horse)

calm as the Red Sea
warm air in the olive grove
(d.horse)

Listen, they started removing
snow of the alpine highway
(d.horse)

d.horse | 2008/05/25 12:24 PM
#32)
 the toy brick house
 suddenly broken down
      (tina)




#33)
 c’mon Gulliver
 stop snoring a while
 will you?
 (mandala)


 gods enjoy
 domino-toppling
 with communists


 to right to left
 waters splits in two
 making high walls
mandala | 2008/05/24 10:23 PM
それでは最終ラウンドです。

33) mandala
34) d.horse
35) tina
36) anne

の順になります。
mandala | 2008/05/24 9:54 PM
#31
a basketful of mushroom
delivered
from secret mountain
(anne)

for #32

my grandpa's horse
started to guffaw

the toy brick house
suddenly broken down

my granduncle lives
six doors away

since a baby contest
will be held on Friday

(tina)

またもや、おまたせしてしまいました。すみません。よろしく。
tina | 2008/05/23 11:20 AM
29)
a train whistle far off
a dog howling near by
moonlit silence of a night
(d.horse)

30)
a hut midst the pampas
alone in autumn wind
(mandala)

for
31)付け

gristle of salmon
tossed in salad
in sweet vinegar and spice

a basketful of mushroom
delivered
from secret mountain

do best for details
to make chrysanthemum dolls
of heroes

よろしく。
anne | 2008/05/10 2:45 PM
29)
a train whistle far off
a dog howling near by
moonlit silence of a night
(d.horse)



30)
some awake some asleep
a flophouse in autumn
(mandala)

who is that singing
a september song?


a hut midst the pampas
alone in autumn wind
mandala | 2008/04/29 11:23 AM
#27
a bandoneon
touches again
the slow writer
(tina)

#28

Templo de la Sagrada Famillia,
a Japanese mason's there
(anne)

for #29

I haven't seen my folks many years
Are they looking
at the same moon as I am?
(Abenonakamaro/d.horse)

a train whistle far off
a dog howling near by
moonlit silence of a night
(d.horse)

in the eastern sky
a flight of migrating geese
the moon about to rise
(d.horse)

d.horse | 2008/04/27 6:28 PM
次は
29) d.horse
30) mandala
31) anne
32) tina
の順になります。
楽しんでまいりましたが、あと少々でおしまいです。
mandala | 2008/04/26 5:24 PM
#26
time heals a broken heart?
but it stood still
(d.horse)

#27
a bandoneon
touches again
the slow writer
(tina)

for#28

Templo de la Sagrada Famillia,
a Japanese mason's there

"Back Soon" a note
left on the doormat

fully dressed in red
with a rose in her mouth

drama opened
with a sobbing overeture

よろしく
anne
anne | 2008/04/25 1:15 AM
#25
flesh and blood
after the holy dinner
a tipsy lurch
(mandala)

#26
time heals a broken heart?
but it stood still
(d.horse)

for #27

his hometown
completely covered with
ochre sands

a bandoneon
touches again
the slow writer

chicken or egg ---
he scratches his head
yet again

she stares at
the glassy Grebe Lake
almost in tears

(above written by slow writer tina) 

*Grebe Lakeは鳰の海のつもりです。よろしく。
tina | 2008/04/21 12:37 AM
#24
something heavy-looking
dropped in the lotus pond
(tina)

#25

flesh and blood
after the holy dinner
a tipsy lurch
(mandala)

for #26

Only the fool rush in?
I don't care
(d.horse)

I took a train to
a sentimental journey
(d.horse)

time heals a broken heart?
but it stood still
(d.horse)


d.horse | 2008/04/12 10:25 AM
I failed to notice that someone had already enjoyed a blissful nap. So, let me change ‘doze’to‘trance.’

(old)
on a bridge
he falls into a doze
fading light

(new)
on a bridge
he falls into a trance
fading light
mandala | 2008/04/11 12:34 AM
#24
something heavy-looking
dropped in the lotus pond
(tina)

付#25

losing control
mayday mayday
we’ve been hit
(mandala)

flesh and blood
after the holy dinner
a tipsy lurch

on a bridge
he falls into a doze
fading light
mandala | 2008/04/10 11:31 PM
次は
25) mandala
26) d.horse
27) tina
28) anne
の順になります。
mandala | 2008/04/10 7:40 PM
#23
through a hole to the sky
lamentation rose up
like clouds
(anne)

for #24

a few drops of rain
wet her thin shoulders

he decided to turn back
halfway across the swing bridge

something heavy-looking
dropped in the lotus pond

a bunch of sunflowers mislaid
on the van Gogh's chair

(tina)

Yoroshiku!
Now I'll be back to watch a hiru-melo on TV.
Have a good day.
tina | 2008/04/10 3:50 PM
22)

who shout for freedom
from jails in Tibet?
(mandala)

23)

smiling calmly he walks
with toga
on his shoulder (anne)

breakfast! 24 hours!
so many signs
alongside the junction

through a hole to the sky
lamentation rose up
like clouds


よろしく
  anne

| 2008/04/07 12:25 AM
21)
no places to visit
no friends to call
a blissful afternoon nap
(d.horse)

付 No.22

who shout for freedom
from jails in Tibet?
(mandala)

on a desert island
in the South Pacific

until enlightened
please remain seated

mandala | 2008/03/30 10:17 PM
No.19

shampooed and permed
wife is ready to go out
(anne)

for No.20

no places to visit
no friends to call
a blissful afternoon nap
(d.horse)

I think I saw a troupe
of nice-looking guys
barnstorming Kabuki?
(d.horse)

an empty glass of whiskey
a baseball game on T.V.
a sleeping dog, unattended
(d.horse)
d.horse | 2008/03/30 4:06 PM
Mandala has just come back from a tour.
ちょっと旅行に出ていました。
次は
21) d. horse
22) mandala
23) anne
24) tina
の順になります。
mandala | 2008/03/29 8:49 PM
#17 spring( the cherry blossoms)
#18 spring( after Tu Fu )

So,I'd like to choose Tina-san's farm tractor because of its indication of cultivating at spring time, although I know this kasen is not moving regularly on purpose.


roaring
a farm tractor
approaching tina

tuke

scones cut horizontally
served with cream and jam anne

shampooed and permed
wife is ready to go out

on a board drawn
a hieroglyph of falsehood

gorgeous name is
the morning blue dragon

よろしく。

anne | 2008/03/24 12:40 PM
Dear Mr. Chairman
and Tina-san

I must confess and apologize that the verse posted as #18 was a copy of the great Chinese poet, Tu Fu and not of my own idea.
Please correct to (Tu Fu on the d.horse) as the original composer's name.
Very sorry, d.horse
d.horse | 2008/03/15 5:36 PM
#18(Orihasi)

war-battered hometown, alack
ruined castle in deep weeds
(d.horse)

for #19 (Nagori/Omote #1)

the Finance Minister
suddenly complains
of the colic

sorry, sir
toad oil's been
sold out

the brave soldier
bore with burning moxa
on his leg

roaring
a farm tractor
approaching

(tina)

Sorry for mykameresponse again.
tina | 2008/03/14 10:54 PM
17)

hawks and doves
all forget to fight
the cherry blossoms
(mandala)


for #18

war-battered hometown, alack
ruined castle in deep weeds
(d.horse)

empty your glasses, soldiers
you were noble in retreat
(d.horse)

in sporadic clapping of hands
an old businessman left his office
(d.horse)

a branch of willow in his hand
a young man sneaked away westward
(d.horse)
d.horse | 2008/03/07 11:20 AM
16)
unexpectedly huge bird
reflected in the mirror

17)

on wings of song
to the blooming bank of
the Potomac
(mandala)

hawks and doves
all forget to fight
the cherry blossoms


petals circle down
to the green velvet of
the shamrock

me divorced and down
kids ran away from town
petals circle down

D.horse-san, Mandala will be staying at Kyoto until this weekend. Take your time.


mandala | 2008/03/03 2:42 PM
次の No. 17 からは
17. mandala
18. d.horse
19. tina
20. anne
の順でお願いします。


mandala | 2008/03/03 1:17 PM
#15
seven-branch-sword
given by damsel
as a token of love
(anne)

for#16

unexpectedly huge bird
reflected in the mirror

predawn stillness
a coffin moved

oh poor little cuckoo
coughing up blood

to be or not to be
never settled down

よろしく
tina | 2008/03/02 11:56 PM


"damasel" is misspelled.
The correct word is damsel, thank you.
anne | 2008/02/27 10:38 PM
13
 red and yellow leaves
 underneath were people
 carrying all black backpacks
 (d.horse)

14 
 here comes a wild boar
 straight down a single path
(mandala)

for #15

seven-branch-sword
given by damasel
as a token of love

into the cauldron thrown
everything effective
for lovesickness

credit cards and debit cards
swelling up the
crocodile wallet

よろしくanne
anne | 2008/02/27 10:30 PM
13
 red and yellow leaves
 underneath were people
 carrying all black backpacks
 (d.horse)

付け

#14)
 he clubs a youngster
 on the chill ground
 (mandala)

 no way out of
 a fogged labyrinth

 here comes a wild boar
 straight down a single path

mandala | 2008/02/22 1:02 PM
how sweet a pomegranate is!

your parted lips behind your veil
are like a pomegranate cut open
(Bible)
mandala | 2008/02/21 3:04 PM
#11
for the Pluto
the last space shuttle's
already taken off
(tina)

#12

pomegranate sweet
in the moonlight
(anne)

for #13

azan from a far temple
a boy on a donkey
whipping sheep home
(d.horse)

dingdong of a hillside temple
kids dissipate
for the smell of rice boiling
(d.horse)

red and yellow leaves
underneath were people
carrying all black backpacks
(d.horse)

d.horse | 2008/02/20 3:21 PM
emergency, Houston
Santa Claus's passing

ha-ha! ask him
to bring a flying pig
for my kid

The true story on December 25, 1968:
 Apollo 8: Houston, Apollo 8. Over.
 Mission Control: Hello, Apollo 8. Loud and   clear.
 Apollo 8: Please be informed there is a    Santa Claus.
 Mission Control: That's affirmative. You're  the best ones to know.

次からは、

13. d.horse
14. mandala
15.anne
16.tina

の順です。

Mandala will be out of town, Monday to Wenesday.
mandala | 2008/02/18 12:10 AM
#10
wake up, my friend
you were in a deep dream
(d.horse)

#11
for the Pluto
the last space shuttle's
already taken off
(tina)

for #12

pomegranate sweet
in the moonlight

wings folded
where angels fear to tread

mission to collect
the cosmo-cleaner D

emergency, Houston
Santa Claus's passing
anne | 2008/02/17 10:06 PM
OK, I agree to your suggestion, Sir Mandala.
Thank you.

#8
do you know that Mrs. Smith
 who plays the shamisen ?
(tina)

#9
 at the great gate
 thus wooed the girl
 Zarathustra
(mandala)

#10
wake up, my friend
you were in a deep dream
(d.horse)

for#10

for the Pluto
the last space shuttle's
already taken off

the plane
crash landed
in drunken forest

suburban train
so much crowded with
drunken men and women

in a pot
chopped duck'n onion
simmering
tina | 2008/02/16 9:13 PM
I made an association of somewhere else, say in UK. But it doesnt matter.
d.horse | 2008/02/14 11:08 PM
Well, honestly I've meant Yoshiwara Omon (吉原大門).
mandala | 2008/02/14 10:50 PM
This is just an aside, if the Great Gate would have meant the South Great Gate in Seoul, it was reportedly burnt down by an arson few days ago. What a coincidence!
d.horse | 2008/02/14 1:53 PM
Dear d.horse,

Thanks for a quick response and a kind comment.

This is ‘that’ which, put before a name, indicates a person or thing assumed to be known. It implies dislike, and sometimes admiration, e.g., I hate that Andrew Jones/Ah, in that England of yours, women marry for wealth.
mandala | 2008/02/08 8:35 PM
8)do you know Mrs. Smith
 who plays the shamisen ?
(tina)

(Should "that" be omitted? or intended "that"?)


# 9)

 at the great gate
 thus wooed the girl
 Zarathustra
(mandala)

for #10

wake up, my friend
you were in a deep dream
(d.horse)

her grandpa, she said
was a Persian merchant
(d.horse)

I first saw her trekking
the summer Alpine track
(d.horse)
d.horse | 2008/02/08 5:57 PM
8.
 do you know that
 Mrs. Smith plays the shamisen ?
(tina)

シラブルの数を調整するために、

 do you know that Mrs. Smith
 who plays the shamisen ?
(tina)

でいかがでしょうか。


# 9)

 in the depth of
 the harem you feel
 arabesque
     (mandala)

 a minstrel narrates
 the juvenile love
 of a princess

 at the great gate
 thus wooed the girl
 Zarathustra
mandala | 2008/02/08 11:52 AM
第9句からは、
9. mandala
10. d.horse
11. tina
12. anne
の順です。
mandala | 2008/02/07 3:31 PM
7)
daffodils in a row
noddinng each other
like feshmen at college (*freshmen?)


for #8

do you know that
Mrs. Smith plays the shamisen ?

which do you want to hear first
good news or bad news ?

I used to ride
Chagall's horse

last night I ate
a dazen gyozas

よろしく。
tina | 2008/02/07 1:27 AM
6) crowd jostle for home
  the spring festival


I think this one is most suitable for the front page ( I mean OMOTE).

for 7)

daffodils in a row
noddinng each other
  like feshmen at college

captain, red-haired
and also hollander
strides along the track

first butterfly in the season,
if it's white, tells you
your fortune

よろしく。anne
anne | 2008/02/05 8:16 PM
 Noise of garbage trucks
 hubbub at a newsstand
 moon hangs hazily
 (d.horse)

 seven are shot dead
 on St Valentine’s Day
 (mandala)

 crowd jostle for home
 the spring festival

 Easter eggs are safe
 from bird flu virus
mandala | 2008/02/03 1:42 PM
Dear D.horse, I hope you’re having a nice weekend. This is a charming narrative of urban scene, but a little polysyllabic. So let me trim some.

Noise of garbage trucks
hubbub at a newsstand
moon hangs hazily
(d.horse)
mandala | 2008/02/02 10:39 PM
4)
 tiger beer?
a big smile at the bar
(Anne)

for 5)

Noise of garbage trucks
a newsstand man busy for opening
morning moon still hangs in haze
(d.horse)


Dear Mr. Master
I submit just one for now. I'm going out over the weekend. If it doesnt fit, please modify or just pass me. Thank you, ... d.horse
d.horse | 2008/02/02 11:08 AM
第3からは歌仙は一気に佳境に入りました。
 a shabby cat
 strayed into
 a rainy alley
とは、なにやらデジャヴな情景でした。一昔前のhard-boiledの探偵小説で読んだのでしょうか。辞書を開いてみると、alley cat は1940年代にできたAmerican slangで、a sexually promiscuous person (American Heritage Dictionary); a prostitute (OED)だそうです。なるほど。この先、どう展開しますか。楽しみです。では、d.horseさん、ドーゾ。
mandala | 2008/02/01 7:31 PM
当面4吟で進みましょう。
第5句からは、
d.horse
mandala
anne
tina
の順になります。
mandala | 2008/02/01 6:50 PM
四句目です。

a shabby cat
strayed into
a rainy alley

   tiger beer?
a big smile at the bar

town or country
wherever you live

seats booked
for the tea party

chewing gum is
strictly prohibited

よろしく。anne





anne | 2008/02/01 5:59 PM
はじめまして。
anneです。
tinaさんからお知らせいただきお伺いいたしました。
どうぞよろしくお願いします。
anne | 2008/02/01 11:36 AM
あたらしい歌仙はじまりましたね。
第三です。よろしくおねがいいたします。

a shabby cat
strayed into
a rainy alley

untill you mentioned
I've never heard of him
at all

over a cup of chowder
we discussed about
our broken refrigerator

a quick lunch
fritter or burger
soup or salad

(written by tina)
tina | 2008/02/01 1:09 AM
いいですねえ。でも、ちょっと説明を足しませんか?

it also tolls for
the old man and the sea

今回は、歌仙式目にこだわらず自由連想重視で参りましょう。
mandala | 2008/01/30 11:50 AM
It tolls
for the old man
(d.horse)
d.horse | 2008/01/30 9:17 AM
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