Friday, December 12, 2014

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #63, Birgitta's "Frozen Thoughts"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to create a new episode of our Tan Renga Challenge in which the goal is to complete the Tan Renga with writing the second stanza (7-7 syllables) towards the first stanza (5-7-5 syllables) given. As you all know I have the opinion that Western languages aren't suitable for those classical syllables count of haiku, so in this Tan Renga Challenge you may use the classical syllables count , but that isn't an obligation. Just feel free ... haiku, tanka, completing a Tan Renga comes straight from the heart and not from the brain.

This week I have chosen a haiku written by Birgitta of Crazy Art Photo & Poetry. She wrote this haiku in response on our first prompt of December "accepting the finite".

Frozen thoughts
remember eclipse
not sunlight

© Birgitta

A gorgeous haiku I think and I think that this one is great to start a Tan Renga with, not an easy task I think, but ... well it's a challenge ...

She had also a beautiful photo included in that post ... I just have to share that photo here again.

Photo © Birgitta
Here is my attempt to complete this Tan Renga started by Birgitta:

Frozen thoughts
remember eclipse
not sunlight
                  (© Birgitta)

in silent adoration
whispering Om Mani Padme Hum
               (© Chèvrefeuille)

Not a very strong continuation inspired on frozen thoughts ...

This Tan Renga Challenge is open for your submissions at noon (CET) and will remain open until next Friday December 19th at noon (CET). Have fun, be inspired and share your continuation or completion of the Tan Renga with us all.


  1. Very nice, Chevrefeuille -- goes well with shuukan! This will be quite a challenge. Great prompt.

  2. Kristjaan,

    Strength should be accepted by intent as well as words.
    And on intent alone your simple strength is peacefully beautiful.

  3. I think I found a very Swedish completion for Birgitta's haiku.. hmm Now I sit here a Friday Evening in the warmth writing of frozen thoughts..