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:
of her old age
of her old age (Basho)
a day to celebrate
the first cherry blossoms (Chèvrefeuille)
|© Kristjaan Panneman (2014)