Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new regular episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. This month we have our 3rd Tan Renga Challenge Month Chained Together and today I have a special TRC challenge for you. As you can see in our logo I have added "hineri", the Japanese word for "with a twist", as I have done with our special feature Renga With Basho.
So today our TRC episode has a twist. What kind of twist? Well ... I will give you the 2nd (two-lined) stanza of approximately 14 syllables and you have to create the first stanza, the hokku, of three lines following the approximately syllables count 5-7-5.
I have given it a thought also. I first had the idea to write that two lined stanza myself, but on 2nd thought I have chosen a quote by Basho and re-worked it to a reasonable 2nd stanza of two lines.
This quote was taken from his world famous haibun "Narrow Road Into The Deep North" (Oku no Hosomichi), maybe you know this quote, but that's not a problem it will make it easier to create the first stanza of the Tan Renga.
Here is the 2nd stanza to work with. So remember ... you have to create the first three-lined stanza of this Tan Renga.
The temple bell stops but I still hear
the sound coming out of the flowers
© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) (taken from "Narrow Road")
I think this one isn't easy, but I think it triggers your imagination and your inspiration ... I am looking forward to your completions by adding the first stanza of three lines of approximately 19 syllables. Have fun!
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until September 13th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on.