Thursday, June 12, 2014

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #39, Lou B.'s "the gargoyle takes flight"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I am a bit late with publishing our new Tan Renga Challenge ... so here it is.
Time flies ... that's such a true word ... I had a very busy day and really I was almost forgotten to prepare our new Tan Renga Challenge in which the goal is to write a second stanza towards a given haiku. Tan Renga is a short chain of two poems/stanza and is written by two poets. It's very similar to tanka, but tanka is written by one poet. In the classical syllables-counting way a Tan Renga has two stanzas, the first 5-7-5 syllables and the second 7-7 syllables. As you maybe know ... you don't have to use the classical syllables count at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and so you don't need to write your second stanza with 7-7 syllables, but if you like to do so ... feel free to use it.

This week I have a wonderful haiku composed by Lou B of Scatterbraining which he wrote in response on our Haiku Shuukan prompt "gothic". Here is his haiku ... and that said his haiku is the first stanza of this new Tan Renga Challenge.

warm sun gold limestone
embraced by creeping shadow
the gargoyle takes flight

Credits: Gargoyle on the Notre Dame, Paris, France (Dutch website)

Gargoyles were viewed in two ways by the church throughout history. The primary use was to convey the concept of evil through the form of the gargoyle, which was especially useful in sending a stark message to the common people, most of whom were illiterate. Gargoyles also are said to scare evil spirits away from the church, this reassured congregants that evil was kept outside of the church’s walls. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here is my completion of this Tan Renga started by Lou B.:

warm sun gold limestone
embraced by creeping shadow
the gargoyle takes flight
                            (Lou B.)

scaring evil spirits away
bugaboo high on the church

Hm ... I think this one is great ... how immodest, but sometimes you have to give yourself a compliment heh.

This Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge is tonight open for your submissions at 9.00 pm  (CET) and will remain open until Friday 20th at noon (CET). So have fun ... make this Tan Renga complete with your second stanza.


1 comment:

  1. bogeyman - fun words for fairy tales :)