Friday, December 5, 2014

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge #62, Björn Rudberg's "tempting waves"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's time again for our Tan Renga Challenge. Today here in The Netherlands we celebrate Sinterklaas (it's a Dutch tradition which is very similar to Santa Claus) and all the children are awaiting presents. The story goes like this:

Sinterklaas was a bishop who cared a lot for the poor and once in a year he gave presents and food to the people. He got help from Zwarte Piet to take care that everyone got his/her present and food. This tradition we have here already several centuries, but in this time this tradition lays under fire, because of the idea of some bad thinking humans. They have protested against the idea of Zwarte Piet, because they think it has to do with slavery, discrimination and rascism. So this very old Dutch tradition will disappear I think in the  next decennia. And it's just a festival for children.

Ok ... back to our Tan Renga Challenge for this week. This week I have chosen a haiku written by Björn Rudberg of Brudberg's Writings. He wrote this haiku in response on our first prompt of December "accepting the finite". I think with this haiku he paints a great image in which the essence of that prompt is caught. Here is our first stanza of our 62nd Tan Renga Challenge:

tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest

© Björn Rudberg

Credits: Old Boat
For those who are new here I will explain the goal of this Tan Renga Challenge. Tan Renga is a short chained poem of two stanzas written by two poets. It looks very similar with Tanka, but Tanka is written by one poet. As you maybe know Tanka (a five-lined poem) follows the classical syllbles count 5-7-5-7-7. This same syllables count is used for Tan Renga, but there is one little difference: after the first three lines (5-7-5) there is a white line and than follows the second two-lined stanza (7-7).
The goal is to write the second stanza of this Tan Renga and make it complete or continue the image by association on themes in the first stanza. For example: You can write a second stanza associated on the "old boat":

tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest                        (© Björn Rudberg)

in the backyard, next to the pond,
an old boat overgrown with Ivy               (© Chèvrefeuille)

In this example you can see that the second stanza was inspired on the theme of the "old boat" in the first stanza. This was just an example, you can also associate on waves, little, need and so on. The choice is yours.

Here is my attempt to complete this Tan Renga started by Björn:

tempting waves -
the old boat still needs
a little rest                          (© Björn Rudberg)

an old sailor man with red-stained eyes
grieving for the loss of his boat                               (© Chèvrefeuille)

And now it's up to you. You don't have to use the 7-7 syllables count for the second stanza, but feel free to do if you like to. Writing haiku and Tan Renga is fun and has to be free from rules ... at least that's my opinion. Write from your heart and not from your mind ... go with the flow and let it inspire you.

This Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday December 12th at noon (CET). Have fun!


  1. a little rest?
    boat needs some TLC
    bottom scraping :-)

  2. Thank you for choosing my haiku as tan-renga.. I love your completion.

  3. I just had to use it Björn, because it is a real beauty. Thank you for sharing it at cdhk.