Friday, August 15, 2014

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #47, MMT's "how rare the sight"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another week has gone by and we are almost halfway August. This month is until now a great month and I hope that this new Tan Renga Challenge will make it even better than it already is.
For this week's Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku written by Magical Mystical Teacher (MMT). It was her response on one of our prompt-haiku last month. She wrote this haiku in response on this haiku by Basho:

how rare!
on leaving the mountain
the first eggplant

MMT's response haiku was the following:

how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light


She also had a wonderful photo added towards this haiku ... her photos are really wonderful, it's always a joy to visit her weblog ... I however have used another photo

Credits: Yellow Blossoms

MMT's haiku is our first stanza of our new Tan Renga Challenge in which the goal is to complete the Tan Renga by writing/composing the second stanza of 7-7 syllables (of course you don't need to use that classical syllables count, that's up to you). Here is my attempt:

how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light
underneath the Laburnum
I always will love her

Maybe this second stanza needs a little bit explanation. I married in April 1991 and I remember that on my wedding day the Laburnum started to bloom ... so every year again as I see the Laburnum bloom I remember that wonderful day, the day that I pledged my everlasting love to my wife. 
Well ... I think it's again a wonderful Tan Renga Challenge and I hope that MMT will forgive me that I used her haiku. I hope you all will be inspired to write/compose a second stanza towards the beautiful haiku by MMT ...
This episode is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday August 22nd at noon. For now ... have fun, be inspired and share your completed Tan Renga with us all.