From Ashes to Ocean Spray ~ tan renga

These are my responses to Tan Renga Challenges #1654 to #1657. In a Tan Renga, a two-line stanza is written to follow a single given haiku, creating a tanka. Below, each of the given haiku (in blue) is accompanied by the name of its author, followed by my response.

#1654 Smoldering Fireplace

smouldering fireplace
the sweet perfume of burned herbs
loneliness grabs my throat
               © Chèvrefeuille

love completely exhausted
leaving nothing but ashes

#1655 Beautiful Ugliness

banana-tree
unworthy to look at
beautiful ugliness
               © Yozakura

staying cool within its shade
thankful for its tasty fruit

#1656 Dandelion and Butterfly

a dandelion
now and then interrupting
the butterfly’s dream
               © Chiyo-Ni

airy white and fragile wings
both dancing on gentle breeze

#1657 Ocean Sanctuary

sunday morning
all the waves in white
kneeling on the beach
               © Jane Riechhold

sun shining through ocean spray
seeing beauty in new light

early rain waking ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 71
Crossroads Hineri … cherry blossoms 

starts with two haiku by Chèvrefeuille (
in blue) to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

standing naked
in awe of the first cherry blossom
dancing in the garden

on winter’s edge
the first Cherry blossom blooms
rain falls softly
                      © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

early rain waking
reluctant cherry blossoms
forgetting winter

early rain waking
new buds waiting to open
in spite of the cold

reluctant cherry blossoms
wishing for warmer weather
welcome chance to drink

forgetting winter
surrounded by fresh blossoms
gay robin singing

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.

Troika

Image sources:
wallcoo.net – Robin and Cherry Blossoms, by Susan Bourdet
wikimedia.org (troika)

piece of straw ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #62 Troiku for the holidays offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

piece of straw
blown off into emptiness
a new beginning
© Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

piece of straw
same, not the same as others
top of mound in field

 blown off into emptiness
falling where wind will take it
rolling under tree

a new beginning
one of many for new nest
taken by sparrow

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.

Troika

Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Nesting Swallows, by Gesso Yoshimoto
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

the scent of autumn ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #59 Troiku … autumn leaves offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

the scent of autumn
that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
after the rain – stronger
                    © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

the scent of autumn
wafting through the morning air
chimney smoke rises

 that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
carried by a chilling breeze
gray clouds gathering

after the rain – stronger
spent vines lying in damp earth
waiting for the snow

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.

Troika

Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Arayu Road, Shiobara, by Kawase Hasui
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

paths of planets go unchanged ~ soliloquy no renga

I dedicate this solo renga to Kristjaan Panneman (Chèvrefeuille), our host at Carpe Diem, who is currently facing an uncertain future due to his employer going out of business.
The challenge he offers us with Carpe Diem #1530 Universe … Soliloquy No Renga is to write a solo renga (a chain of verses, with each haiku followed by a two-line stanza), starting with a haiku that he has written (in blue). I’ve attempted to keep a “closed chain,” last stanza leading back to the first.
connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

paths of planets go unchanged_1circle of life
seasons come and go … always
the Cosmos leads us
© Chèvrefeuille

paths of planets go unchanged
a man’s life subject to chance

one door will open
as another door closes
facing decisions

many considerations
importance of family

paths of planets go unchanged_2

swan on empty pond
mate never far from its side
loving companion

prepared for coming changes
clouds approach on horizon

 waves pushed onto shore
turtle seeks shelter from storm
reeds sway back and forth

paths of planets unchanged_3

bending in fury of wind
standing tall when storm passes

calm as waves subside
patient moon makes appearance
parting clouds bring hope

night no longer seems so dark
light reflecting on water

stars filling night sky
their light untouched, like beacons
providing guidance

swan rises with morning sun
finding direction, takes flight

Images
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Swan and Reeds, by Ohara Koson
Library of Congress – Turtles, by Utagawa Hiroshige
jaodb.com – Flying Geese, by Ohara Koson