Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am excited .... we have a nice group of participants in this first Carpe Diem Renga Party. There were, including myself, 17 family-members who wanted to be part in this first Renga Party (new style).
Our beloved haiku originated straight from the Renga, a chained verse, in which several poets worked together to create a beautiful poem. A lot of Basho's haiku for example were once part of Renga, chained verses. And maybe you remember our "On The Trail With Basho" month (or the e-book) in which I told you several times that Basho participated in a Renga.
A Renga, as I will love to create here is a kasen-renga of 36 links. But ... there is (of course) a kind of strict rule. As we look at ancient kasen-renga than there were for example links in which you had to use kigo (seasonwords) like moon and in a kasen-renga there was always the whole year, in fact in every renga you will find all seasons.
Well ... let's start with this Renga-Party, here is the hokku (the starting verse) of "in the twilight"
mist creeps over the fields -
Well ... I hope this Renga Party will be a success and maybe we can do it more than once ....