Friday, September 26, 2014

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #51, Becca Givens' "Red Leaf Falls"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to present our new Tan Renga Challenge episode to you all. Tan Renga is a short-chained verse with two stanzas respectively with 5-7-5 and 7-7 syllables. It looks very similar to the Tanka, but isn't written by one poet (as Tanka is), but by two poets.
In this Carpe Diem feature the goal is to write a second stanza to the given first (three-lined) stanza or 'hokku'. The second (two-lined) stanza can be a completion or a continuation of the scene in the first stanza. You have to associate on themes from the first stanza to write the second stanza.
This week I have chosen a haiku written by Becca Givens of "On Dragonflies wings with Buttercup tea". She wrote this haiku in response on a quote by Francis of Assisi.

nature sleeps
carpet of silent snow
red leaf falls

© Becca Givens

The goal is to write the second stanza of this Tan Renga, a two-lined stanza, by associating on themes in Becca's given haiku.

Credits: Red Leaves
Here is my Tan Renga starting with Becca's verse:

nature sleeps
carpet of silent snow
red leaf falls                             (Becca)

in the middle of the night
bad dreams torturing me               (Chèvrefeuille)

A strange 'twist', but I like the sensation in this one ... what do you think?

This episode of our Tan Renga Challenge is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday October 3rd at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your continuation or completion of this Tan Renga with us all.

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