Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This week's Tan Renga Challenge, in which I challenge you to write a second stanza towards the given first stanza ("hokku"), is very special in my opinion. I was running through my archives and my library and ran towards a well known poet, Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg is one of the poets from "The Beat Generation" as was e.g. Jack Kerouac. I was reading about Ginsberg and I discovered that he had written haiku once. His haiku were never published, so this is a very special Tan Renga Challenge.
Let me first introduce Allen Ginsberg to you. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926 – 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.
|Credits: Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)|
my behind was covered
with cherry blossoms.
of the flowers—now
my garden is gone.
What made me do that?
© Allen Ginsberg
Nice haiku. As I selected these I really saw/read the classics in them. For example that third haiku brought a haiku by Basho in mind:
aiming noisily -
the sound of one hand
© Basho (?)
A few other haiku by Ginsberg:
in the drugstore jar:
in my shorts;
auto lights in the rain.
has past—the world
is no different.
The first thing I looked for
in my old garden was
The Cherry Tree.
© Allen Ginsberg
In this 'series' of haiku by Allen Ginsberg brought also a haiku in mind by one of our classic haiku poets, Buson:
a frog floating
in the water-jar:
rains of summer
Allen Ginsberg was a "fan" of the classical haiku poets and the above haiku he wrote, so is said, he wrote while reading one of the four volumes "haiku" by R.H.Blyth.
on the porch
auto lights in the rain
Well ... let me see what I can do with this haiku. To complete the Tan Renga I have to associate on the images shared in the haiku above. As I look at the complete scene than I think it's a summer haiku. It has been a hot day, he sits in his shorts on the porch; and it rains. It's late evening, because of the "auto lights". So how to complete this Tan Renga ...
In the above short biography of Ginsberg we can read that he was a Buddhist ... so can I use that for my second stanza. In the above biography we can read Ginsberg was homosexual ... can I use that maybe?
Hm ... to many thoughts, to many images and associations to choose from, so I decided to complete this Tan Renga in a very simple way ...
in my shorts;
auto lights in the rain (Allen Ginsberg)
after a lonely ... hot day
lips on mine ... together again (Chèvrefeuille)
Well .... it's up to you now. Make this Tan Renga complete by writing the second stanza of two lines with approximately 7-7 syllables. This Tan Renga Challenge is NOW OPEN for your submissions an will remain open until next Friday June 26th at noon (CET). Have fun!