Two Tan Renga: Hokku by – Tomas Transtromer and Hamish Gunn – May 11, 2016

A renga with Tomas Tranströmer

A dragonfly pair
fastened to one another
went flickering past

©Tomas Tranströmer

joyfully trapped flying
in a summer romance

© G.s.k. ’16

A renga withHamish Managua Gunn

petal lanterns —
a waterfall of flowers
her lips touch mine

© Hamish Managua Gunn

streams of sensation
under spring moonlight

© G.s.k. ’16

This is Tan Renga Month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and I was away and was happy to see that I only missed on of the Tan Renga – so for the episode dedicated to May 7, I also wrote for the hokku presented on May 6.

“Amido” – Screen door or window – July 13, 2015

For Photo Credit … visit the link at the bottom of the page!

paper screen door
separating the lover’s
from the dawn

summer romance
light filters through the screen
warming their bodies
after the evening showers
the coolness of dawn

behind the screen door
the moaning of a tempest
whispered at dawn

© G.s.k. ‘15

spying the lovers
old amma smiles in thought
remembering –
a long ago adventure
of clouds and rain at dawn

behind the screen door
she combs her hair wistfully
remembering him
his hands and face in her hair
swimming in that moonless sea

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

Carpe Diem #775 Amido (screen door or window screen)

As an introduction to this interesting episode, Chèvrefeuille published these beautiful haiku:

utsukushi ya shôji no ana no ama [no] kawa

looking pretty

in a hole in the paper door…
Milky Way

© Issa
natsu no kaze yarido no kuchi ya togarigoe

summer wind
through the opening of the sliding door –
this piercing sound

© Basho

The Screen Door (Amido)

through the screen door
she watches me watching her
disgracefully thrilling

© Hamish Gunn

sunlight breaks
through the cracks of the torn paper door
shadows play

© Chèvrefeuille

Trying to understand the difference between “shoji” and “amido” I did a little research in Internet (where else!) and discovered that there are four types of sliding doors (if you include windows) in Japan … the “amido” is just like our mesh screen doors.  If you want to learn how to repair your “amido” follow this LINK.  It helped me discover the difference between the various screen doors and windows of Japan!

Tan Renga and Haiga Festival – only emptiness – March 7, 2015


in the space between the trees
only emptiness
without emptiness no forest

© Hamish Gunn

the forest is not the trees
the full moon is not the pond

after the rain falls
the sky and woods come to earth
empty reflections

© G.s.k. ‘15

Carpe Diem Tan Renga – our hokku master today is Hamish Gunn