The White Meadow Yoyoshi (Renga Party) January 28, 2016

If you remember from my post written on the Yoyoshi “White Dusted Meadow” renga party  began on January 24th.   Our goal is to create a yoyoshi with 44 links for fun and as a learning exercise.  Historically the Japanese often held renga meetings with the goal of creating collective poems which is what renga are.  We’re in 17 writing this collective poem.

And here’s were we’ve gotten so far!

the hokku:

white dusted meadow
remembering spring’s glory
tufts of pampas grass

© Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet)

crystals and flakes a jigsaw
blanket covering earth’s green

Warmth forsaken
puzzle of colors scatters
-Balloons depart
At the end of the trail a
cleansing breath of mountain air

full moon shines
through barren tree branches
twisted shadows

one cricket, creeping
among the browning grasses

by lamplight
in front of the frosted window
ignoring our reading

the cricket asks for the dawn
in sweet tones of love for you

Yoyoshi “White Dusted Meadow” (Renga Party) January 24, 2016 (First Update February 1st Second Update February 4th)

From Chèvrefeuille:
What a joy to bring the start of our new Renga Party “white dusted meadow”. It’s the second time we are doing this and I hope you all will like it. Let me first tell you the goal of this Renga Party. Making a Renga together is just for fun and it learns you how you can improve your haiku writing skills through association.

Every link, in this Yoyoshi 44, has it’s own season or theme which are already given in the list. In the list you can see BOLD printed abbreviations, which are explained above the list, which correspond with the season or theme you have to use.

The link before you you have to use to associate on to write your own link. I have a little time rule: you have to respond within 24 hours to write your link. Your created link you write down in the comments field including an invitation to the one after you for example:  it’s your turn Hank.

Our first Renga was a so called “kasen-renga” and had 36 links, so it was slightly shorter than the “yoyoshi”. For this “yoyoshi” I have asked Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet), our featured haiku poetess of last December, to write the starting verse or “hokku”.

The title of this Yoyoshi is the first line of the hokku.

Here is the “hokku” of this “yoyoshi”:

white dusted meadow
remembering spring’s glory
tufts of pampas grass

© Georgia (Bastet)

Here is our list for this Renga Party:
white dusted meadow

[SP=spring; SU=summer; A=autumn; W=winter; N=non-seasonal or free as in without theme]

A few basic rules to remember. Avoid repeating a noun or verb in the work. Switch subject matter so there are not too many verses on food or water, etc. Link ONLY to the verse above and not to any other. Use the words “insects” and “dreams” only once in a poem.

  1. [3] SP Georgia — hokku
  2. [2] SP Kim Russell
  3. [3] SP Nimi Arora
  4. [2] N Jazzytower
    5. [3] MOON/A Candy
  5. [2] A Dove Dungeon
  6. [3] A Dove Dungeon
  7. [2] N/LOVE Writersdream9
  8. [3] N/LOVE Ese Klava
  9. [2] N/LOVE Dolores
  10. [3] N Thom Amundsen
    12.[2] N Gayle Rose
  11. [3] MOON/SU Hank (Kakuala)
  12. [2] SU Lothar
  13. [3] SU Christy
  14. [2] N Celestine
  15. [3] FLOWER/SP Milan
  16. [2] SP Chèvrefeuille
  17. [3] SP Chèvrefeuille
  18. [2] N Georgia
  19. [3] N Kim Russell
  20. [2] N Nimi Arora
  21. [3] W Jazzytower
    24. [2] W Candy
    25. [3] N/LOVE Dove Dungeon
  22. [2] N/LOVE Writersdream9
  23. [3] N/LOVE Ese Klava
  24. [2] N Dolores
  25. [3] MOON/A Thom Amundsen
  26. [2] A Gayle Rose
  27. [3] A Gayle Rose
  28. [2] N Hank (Kakuala)
  29. [3] N Lothar
  30. [2] N Christy
  31. [3] FLOWER/SP Celestine
    36. [2] W Milan37. [3] SU Milan
    38. [2] N Chèvrefeuille
    39. [3] N Georgia
    40. [2] A Kim Russell
    41. [3]  N Nimi Arora
    42. [2] W Jazzytower
    43. [3] SP Candy
  32. [2] SP Dove Dungeon, should relate to #1 in some way and close the work — ageku

 

So the renga has begun and as usual the participants are contemplating before writing their contribution to the renga.  As you see above each participant is assigned how many lines he/she will write, if they are to use a kigo or seasonal word or a specific theme.

The replies to the renga are posted in the comment page of the renga announcement (link follows) and will begin with Kim Russell … to follow the Renga click Carpe Diem Renga Party #2 white dusted meadow (start date: January 22nd 2016)

Updates: January 28, 2016

If you remember from my post written on the Yoyoshi “White Dusted Meadow” renga party  began on January 24th.   Our goal is to create a yoyoshi with 44 links for fun and as a learning exercise.  Historically the Japanese often held renga meetings with the goal of creating collective poems which is what renga are.  We’re in 17 writing this collective poem.

And here’s were we’ve gotten so far!

the hokku:

white dusted meadow
remembering spring’s glory
tufts of pampas grass

© Georgia (a.k.a. Bastet)

crystals and flakes a jigsaw
blanket covering earth’s green

Warmth forsaken
puzzle of colors scatters
-Balloons depart
At the end of the trail a
cleansing breath of mountain air

full moon shines
through barren tree branches
twisted shadows

one cricket, creeping
among the browning grasses

by lamplight
in front of the frosted window
ignoring our reading

Update Febrary 1, 2016

the cricket asks for the dawn
in sweet tones of love for you

the creak of door
still breathless after parting kiss
i meet the morning

words of a new haiku
mingling with my heart

love create melody
capture natural sound
peace in harmony

nature’s stillness sighs
overhead owl’s soundless flight

Solstice Night – Soliloqui no Renga – January 10, 2016

flare

paper balloon with candle – solstice celebrations

at the seashore
wind of summer through my hair
the shortest night

© Chèvrefeuille

there a shooting star flares
reflections on the water

night whispers
palm trees and willows
midnight encounter

splashing crescendo
love-making odyssey

 skimming the waves
along the dark skyline
bobbing lights

fishermen young and old
their life in their nets

upon the shoals
echos of ghostly laughter
old coot

first rays of moonlight
shimmer off the duck’s back

in silence
reverberating splash
a single pebble

toasting with wine
an a-ha moment

summer-time
ach – that old sultry song
mosquito’s ode

Ageku:

pink and red on velvet blue
so ends the shortest night

© G.s.k. ‘16

Carpe Diem Special #191 A Trip Along Memory Lane #2 Soliloquy no Renga

Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment #1 – October 3, 2015

sparrow with rain drops

light of the full moon
shines through coloured leaves
at last … autumn

© Chèvrefeuille

raindrops fall from moon lit clouds
leaves shimmer in the light

autumn is here
yet the sparrow is pining
[ah – summer breezes]

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Haiku Experiment #1 an introduction

Modern Times – Renga – September 9, 2015

People in Padua

People in Padua – Piazza delle Erbe

hear this crash of waves
in the streets of Padua
a sea of people

through the plazas – ebb and flow
a mulling sea of people

shopping, laughing, begging mass
a constant tide of people
through the city streets

constant hubbub of voices
this mulling sea of people

market in the morn
sidewalk cafes in the eve
Padua’s plazas

students, tourists and housewives
enliven Padua’s squares

watching the people
drinking coffee – eating toast
in morning sunshine

enjoying the crash of waves
this mulling sea of people

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for: Carpe Diem Modern Times Haiku #4 waves crash

The challenge is to “create a short chained renga of a maximum of six (6) stanza. First I will give you a few classical rules.

  1. 5-7-5 syllables;
    2. A moment as short as the sound of a pebble thrown into water;
    3.A kigo (season word)”

I loved my visit to Padua and enjoyed people watching as we walked through the centre of the city every day.  I didn’t see a single day when there weren’t a mass of people … sometimes they were mostly housewives, like in the morning, but students and tourists seem to be constantly pepper the area.  There are several faculty buildings near the main Plazas of Padua .. and in the plazas in the morning there are open fruit, vegetable and clothes markets. Around 2 o’clock, the market stands are taken down and the cafes that stud the “portico” of the plazas drive in with mini vans and set up their tables and umbrellas for the afternoon and evening aperitifs.  It’s hard to choose a kigo for the Plazas of Padua … they don’t really have a season. The principle plazas of Padua are three … Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta, and Piazza dei Signori.  I hope to write more about them at a later date.

Tan Renga Challenge – August 29, 2015

Dro in springtime
rows and rows of plums bloom
along the Sarca

© G.s.k. ‘15

Response

where the waters flow afar
the village glows with sweet plum flowers

© Shohaku

I’ve often spoken about Arco and our grapes and sometimes our apples, but just three or four kilometres from Arco, going towards Trento we come upon a small town called Dro, which is famous for its plums and though they have to compete with the California prunes imported from the U.S. many people prefer the plump Dro prunes to the California brand.

Written for:

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #97

 Where this week we wrote the renga “backwards” – we were to furnish a hokku to the response given!

Out of a washbowl – Tan Renga – August 15, 2015

Vintage Rustic Pewter Pitcher And Wash Bowl

Out of the washbowl
I scoop up,
my distorted face

© Sumitaku Kenshin (1961-1987)

those concentric circles
move towards infinity

© G.s.k. ‘15

 

 

Written for:

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #96 Sumitaku Kenshin’s out of the washbowl

In today’s feature we met a new, modern haiku poet, who unfortunately left this world after only 26 years.  To read his biography, click on the above link.

Tan Renga Challenge #95 “lilies of the valley” by Adjei Agyei Baah – August 1, 2015

lilies-of-the-valley
stuck to the mountainside
like ribbons

(c) Adjei Agyei Baah

birthday gifts from creation
opened and forgotten

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #95 “lilies of the valley” by Adjei Agyei Baah