Friday, April 17, 2015

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #81, Yozakura's "feeling alone"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's Friday again and however my free weekend I have a Tan Renga Challenge for you all. Hamish Managua Gunn will be your host at CDHK this weekend for the regular posts. Today he hosts the 'wisdom' episode and I am grateful for that. Thank you Hamish for stepping in.

Ok back to our Tan Renga Challenge of today. Maybe you remember Yozakura, the unknown haiku-poet who was a disciple of Basho. Last year he appeared in one of our Ghost Writer-posts. Yozakura has composed wonderful haiku and for this Tan Renga Challenge I have chosen a haiku written by him. Maybe you can recall it from the 8th episode of Haiku Writing Techniques (download at the right of your screen, or just to read above in the menu).

feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo -
just the autumn wind

© Yozakura

Did I say to much? It's a beauty and I think it can become a wonderful Tan Renga. How to make it into a Tan Renga? Write a second two lined stanza to it by associating on images in the haiku by Yozakura. The second stanza counts 7-7 syllables, but you don't need to use it, but feel free if you want to.

Here is my attempt to make the Tan Renga complete:

feeling alone
in the woods around Edo -
just the autumn wind
colorful leaves dancing
through the abondend city

Awesome don't you think? With this second stanza I have made the 'feeling alone' so much stronger, but i also brought in some ... how shall i say this? Brought in joy, the dancing leaves. Loneliness can be a joy sometimes. If you have a busy life than it can be great to feel alone just you and the world around you.
This is what I feel as I can sit back and let the hosting of CDHK to one of our haiku kai family members. It brings me a kind of relief ... and I need that ...

This Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday April 24th at noon (CET). Have fun!

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