Tan Renga – Carpe Diem

Today, I am delighted to participate in the prompt at Carpe Diem for a very personal reason. Kris is featuring my poem, which I posted a few weeks ago. The original post is here : Many Conversations A Haibun/Haiga

The challenge is to add two lines to another poet’s haiku to complete the tan renga.  The added lines can and should echo something in the poem but can shift the meaning in any direction the second poet desires.


        at sunrise

        no words between lovers

        just a kiss

                                                                       a butterfly warming

                                                                       to every blossom


©2013 Wabi Sabi

For Carpe Diem ‘ tan renga -just a kiss’ Follow this link to see how other poets completed my haiku!

Renga Party

 For the past few weeks, Joe Llewellyn (FlatFrogHaiku) Lolly Williams (Look for a Lovely Thing), Mark M. Redfearn and I have been participating in a virtual renga party, hosted by FlatFrogHaiku. Below is the renga chain we created.  Joe got the ball rolling with the first verse and the poem made the rounds, via email, until it was finished.  It was  a fun challenge with a few surprises along the way!

Briefly, a renga chain has multiple verses, alternating three lines and two and written by different poets. (In Japanese the syllable count would be 5-7-5 then 7-7, although, in English, the counting of syllables is less important.) The goal is to echo the previous poet’s verse without repeating a word and to shift the focus to another subject at the same time.  There are quite a few more rules and some of these poems, written centuries ago, have hundreds of verses.

Here is a link to Jane Reichhold’s Bare Bones  School of Renga for more information on the form.