leading away from the shore ~ tan renga

grass on river bank.jpg

late summer
alone on the beach
with only tracks
               © Jane Reichhold

leading away from the shore
to unknown destination

journey continues
following unknown footsteps
with new direction

traveler seeking answers
absent for many seasons

beyond falling leaves
lessons learned in falling snow
blossoms come and go

wind whispers in drying grass
all revealed on reaching home

The challenge for Carpe Diem #1664 Tan Renga Hineri “only tracks” is one with a twist (hineri). A haiku by Jane Reichhold (in blue) is to be followed by two lines, as usual. These must be followed by another haiku, and then another two lines – with the optional challenge of adding another haiku and two lines. In effect, it’s almost a solo renga, except for the first haiku by Jane Reichhold. As with renga, the last stanza (ageku) should lead back to the first (hokku).

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
(Wind Blown Grass Across the Moon, by Utagawa Hiroshige)

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

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

dreaming of moonlight ~ tanka

your sleeping breath
night rain revives the earth
waves of sea air
in bright yellow daffodils
nod to the dark wind
                    © Jane Reichhold

dreaming of moonlight
finding its way through the clouds
moving in the breeze
wet grass shining in new light
as tree frogs call in response

The prompt for Tanka Splendor – Daffodils is to write a tanka
inspired by one written by Jane Reichhold (in blue).

Image source: Green Tree Frog – Missouri Department of Conservation

providing inspiration ~ tan renga

Carpe Diem #1598 Tan Renga – bright enough asks us to use
a haiku by Jane Reichhold 
(in blueto create a tanka.

bright enough
to write a poem
the cold moon
                    Jane Reichhold

providing inspiration
within still serenity

Before completing this renga, Jane’s words inspired me to write a haiku of my own:

reflecting off snow
moon bright enough to see smiles
still serenity

Image source: pixabay.com / cocoparisienne

open invitation ~ tan renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #68 Tan Renga with Jane Reichhold
asks us to complete each of the three haiku by (
© Jane Reichhold ~ in blue)
to create a tanka chain (of three).

a certain calm
in summer’s passing

an open invitation
passing butterfly answers

flat seas
with the butterfly’s flight
a certain calm

motion of butterfly’s wings
the breeze that stills the water

the hour silent
before the birds awake
waves on sand

touched by all that surrounds us
lapping waves a reminder

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Butterflies, by Utagawa Hiroshige

celebration toast ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #65 Crossroads … Troiku … New Year’s Eve starts with two haiku by Jane Reichhold to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

a new year
rising from wild seas
a few stars

the glass with candlelight

               © Jane Reichhold

celebration toast
under benevolent stars
greeting a new year

celebration toast
among family and friends
old year behind us

under benevolent stars
hopes for happiness to come
facing the future

greeting a new year
positive resolutions
as glasses are raised

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.


Image sources:
wikimedia.org (troika)