Carpe Diem Haiku kai – Tan Renga Challenge

Tan Renga Challenge

Tan Renga Challenge

Now that Carpe Diem’s two month-long pilgrimage is over, we’re back to new daily prompts and the weekly Tan Renga Challenge!

I’ve been honored this week by Chèvrefeuille … he’s used on of my haiku as the hokku for this week’s Tan Renga!

What is a tan renga?  Well back in the japanese middle ages, haiku per se didn’t exist, the famous 3 line poem that we now call haiku, was the beginning of a collaborative poem, that another poet completed  to create what we’d call a tanka (so two lines of 7 syllables).

The haiku chosen was:

the mountain shining
first light streaks through the valley
lazy clouds float by

(c) Bastet

I’d like to see how you too would end this haiku … this is how Chèvrefeuille completed it:

the mountain shining
first light streaks through the valley
lazy clouds float by

(Bastet)

at the horizon sounds of thunder
and lightning brightens the sky

(Chèvrefeuille)

This is so lovely…I like the way the tan renga completes a haiku, even in our age!  Obviously, I can’t write the second two 7 syllable ending lines…

But you, would you like to honor me by finishing the poem?  If so go to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and participate in this week’s Tan Renga which will be up until next Friday…and please link me so I can read your efforts!

5 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Haiku kai – Tan Renga Challenge

  1. Pingback: Carpe Diem Tan Renga – Bastet’s mountain shining | It's a lonely place

    • It was really a great first try. The only thing I might mention is that the replies should be two lines of 7 syllables each…though now days there are wonderful rengas with fewer syllables. 🙂

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