Carpe Diem – Tan Renga

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

 (c) JRB

waving in first days of spring
in fields where men’s battles raged

(c) G.s.k.

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Tan Renga # 36