Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIII, Lothar''s (Rheumatologe) "this dark autumn night''

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am so glad that this Tan Renga Challenge Month is such a success. I couldn't have dreamed this, but it's such a joy to read all of your wonderfull responses and comments on the posts. I feel honored and humble that I may be your host at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Today I have a wonderful haiku written by Lothar of Rheumatologe which he wrote in response on our classical Japanese kigo goose last September. He shared a wonderful post with (I believe) four wonderful haiku, but this haiku stole my heart immediately. Here is the first stanza of our today''s Tan Renga Challenge:

this dark autumn night
the bright stars of milky way
cries of geese above

(c) Lothar (Rheumatologe)

departing geese

It's always a great sight to see the departing geese in their V-formation flying over the fields, it's a wonder that they know when to depart ... really an awesome instinct they have.

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

this dark autumn night
the bright stars of milky way
cries of geese above
                                          (Lothar, Rheumatologe)

a touch of Tanabata 
finally lovers together                                        (Chèvrefeuille)

A nice festival it is ... Tanabata is a festival that takes place in July, mid summer, and it's one of the most celebrated festivals in Japanese poetry.
For example this one written by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694):

sazo na hoshi   hijikimono ni wa   shika no kawa

surely star-lovers
using as a rug
a deer skin

(c) Matsuo Basho

Tanabata Festival

Well ... I hope you all did like this new Tan Renga Challenge Month episode and I hope it will inspire you all to complete the Tan Renga started by Lothar with a wonderful second stanza. Have fun, be inspired and share your completed Tan renga with our Haiku Kai

This episode of Tan Renga Challenge Month is open for your submissions until November 15th 11.59 AM (CET) and submitting starts at 7.00 PM (CET).


  1. Really nice completion, Kristjaan. :-)

  2. Very educational post and lovely romantic Tan Renga ~ (sorry for long link but wanted people to know they can now comment on my blog without having G+ ) ~ Happy Evening ~ carol, xx

  3. Thanks for sharing yours. Basho's was a nice addition

  4. It is always nice to have sweet romance in the air! And the addition of the festival adds a spark of colorful love!

  5. I suspect it was also ' a touch at Tanabata' ;)

  6. i really like your completion and the interesting notes on Tanabata. ☺

  7. Lovely completion Kristjaan and I learnt something new:-)Tanabata looks very colourful and festive:-)

  8. A doozy for me...good challenge !