Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #31

(Photo- Royal Geographical Society Magazine)

(Photo- Royal Geographical Society Magazine) “… the traditional nineteenth century Japanese rain gear included the mino (straw raincoat) and the kasa (a conical bamboo hat)”

In Medieval and Edo Japan, poets often wrote collaborative poems called renga.  One special guest author during a meeting of renga would provide a hokku, a 5-7-5 sound (or syllables in the west) verse, similar to what we now call a haiku.  The other poets at a renga meet would try to provide the best waki, a two-line response of 7-7 sounds (in the west syllables).

In our modern age, the 5-7-5 hokku when written under certain precise circumstances becomes what we call a haiku…when we add two more 7-7 lines we have a tanka…unless like today, we add our waki to a haiku written by someone else, then we have a renga!

Chèvrefeuille provided today’s hokku (haiku) himself:

in the backyard
the rainbow in the bird bath breaks –
a sipping Magpie 


impertinent young robin
dove into the wet colors

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

2 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #31

    • Hello Eric, nice to see you! I do so love adding some explanation from time to time…so your very welcome! I hope to drop by your blog sometime today, I’ve got notification of a couple of posts I’d like to read. Thanks for the visit, Georgia. 🙂


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