Friday, July 18, 2014

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #43, Basho's "the old lady cherry''

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

This week I have another nice Tan Renga Challenge for you. As you all know, this month all our Tan Renga Challenges are haiku by classic haiku-poets, some unknown and some wellknown. This week I have chosen a haiku, as the first stanza, by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). The haiku which I have chosen is not a wellknown one and it's one of his earliest haiku. As he wrote this haiku he was a young guy of almost 21 yrs and in this haiku we can already see how he will become a haiku-master ... it's a wonderful haiku and I think it will give you inspiration enough to conclude this week's Tan Renga Challenge with your two line stanza.

For those who are new here I will explain the goal of this Tan Renga Challenge. The goal is to write a second stanza of two lines (classical count 7-7 syllables) inspired on the first stanza (in this one the haiku given by Basho) to complete the Tan Renga or to continue the ''story'' in the first stanza.
Tan Renga looks similar with tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables), but is written by two poets, it's a short chained verse.

First I will give you the haiku by Matsuo Basho, the first stanza of this Tan Renga:

ubazakura   saku ya rogo no   omoiide

the old-lady cherry
in bloom: a remembrance
of her old age

© Matsuo Basho (Tr. David Landis Barnhill)

And now the goal is to associate on images in this haiku by Basho to conclude this Tan Renga with a two-line second stanza.

Here is my attempt:

the old-lady cherry
in bloom: a remembrance
of her old age

a day to celebrate
the first cherry blossoms

© Kristjaan Panneman (2014)
And now it is up to you my dear Haijin, visitors and travelers to complete this Tan Renga started by Basho. This episode of Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your completed tan Renga with us all here at our Haiku Kai.


  1. Beautiful haiku by Basho. I know of your feelings for cherry blossoms - and they can be seen in your lines!

  2. How does one follow this site to receive these prompts? Thank you, Deborah