We all should know how renga works, but just to remind you, in the past, haiku didn’t exist as a stand alone poem…though there were of course some that did stand alone but they were not called haiku but hokku. The hokku was usually part of another poem. A renga, began as a hokku written by a haiku master and other’s would try to add two lines (7-7 syllables in the English versions) to complete the poem.
Today’s host haiku master is JRB of JRB’s Haiku
the poem which Chèvrefuelle chose is from a Carpe Diem Distillation of “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae.
in a foreign field
the wind still invokes their names
the blood red poppies
waving in first days of spring
in fields where men’s battles raged
Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Tan Renga # 36