Thursday, September 13, 2018

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (10) locusts fly low

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our wonderful Kai were we are exploring Japanese poetry and this month ... Tan Renga. By the way my apologies for being late with publishing.

Today I have chosen a haiku written by Masaoka Shiki, the haiku poet who gave haiku its name and who brought haiku into the modern time. Shiki died in 1902 on the age of 34. I think he was and old soul in a young body. His haiku are really gorgeous and during his life you almost can read the changes in society in his haiku. Maybe you can remember his haiku about the steam engine, but that's not the haiku to work with.

Locusts flying low

Here is the haiku to create the Tan Renga with:

locusts fly low
over rice paddies
in the dim sunlight

© Masaoka Shiki

A real challenge I think. I have given it a thought, but couldn't come up with a 2nd stanza, maybe you can do it ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until September 20th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new weekend meditation later on. For now ... be inspired and above all .... heve fun!

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