Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Carpe Diem #1640 Light (modern kigo)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a wonderful month this already is, but it can become even better. Today I have a nice modern kigo for you taken from Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku", a modern saijiki. Today I have chosen the modern kigo "light", maybe not special for spring, but in my opinion is the light of spring the most beautiful light I know.

In her "A Dictionary of Haiku" Jane gives several examples for this kigo. That brings me to the challenge for today. I have chosen six haiku by Jane from her saijiki, spring section, subsection celestial. The challenge is to create a Renga With Jane by adding your two-lined stanza. Ofcourse you can choose your own "line-up" as is usually for this feature.

Here are the six haiku to work with:

a range of light
morning colors flow
out of the high Sierras

morning light
the sound of waves
on your sleeping face

without lights
the brightness of a blue sky
full of stars

Blue Sky (image© rmosesbvb)

dawn's faint hour
squeezes in heart-run veins
light in every limb

light touching
where only rain goes

light comes and goes
as ocean

© Jane Reichhold (extracted from "A Dictionary of Haiku")

Isn't it wonderful to create a renga together with Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)?

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until April 10th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now ... have fun!

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