Such a Still Water – tan renga

Such a Still Water

such a still water
even the dragonfly
splash it with the tail
                         © Tan Taigi

setting sun walks on water
no footsteps to show its path

This is my response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month May 27th, write two lines to follow a given hokku, essentially creating a tanka.  The original haiku is by classical haiku poet Tan Taigi (1709-1771).

Image: Sunset on the Niagara River


Carpe Diem Tan Renga

Perpetual Summer

Perpetual Summer

‘Twas no descent into darkness
more fitting a dream
that dream of darkness
that path of light
brighter with each step taken

Onward, downward
absent fear and apprehension
until the way opened upon
an expanse embraced by
the beauty of winter

Still, a dream it was, for
long has been our summer
here, underground, where
the safe path lies ever deeper
far from our burning sun


The photo above is provided by Sue Vincent in her Photo prompt – The stairway.

Sailors Take Warning

Sailors Take Warning

charm of red sunrise
reflected in watchful eyes
storm clouds bring despair

rising sun’s red charm
viewed amidst gathering clouds
mariners take care

The two word prompts for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #75 are charm and look, with the added stipulation that opposite meanings are presented in the two halves of the haiku.  I’ve used watch and view as synonyms for look, and the haiku was inspired by an ancient mariners’ rhyme:

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning

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Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge