Saturday, April 30, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge month May 1st (1) 'old pond'

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this: Our "New Life" - kukai is running towards it end. If you would like to participate in this kukai you can email a maximum of three (never published earlier) haiku to our Kai's email-address:

Please write "new life" kukai in the subject line. You can submit your haiku for the kukai until May 1st 10.00 PM (CET)

Welcome at a new month at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month it's all Tan Renga, a short linked chain poem created by two poets. Tan Renga looks very similar with tanka it has 5 lines with approx. 5-7-5-7-7 syllables per line. There is only a slight difference. Tan Renga is written by two poets. One poet writes the first stanza of 3 lines, the hokku or haiku. And the other poet writes the second stanza of 2 lines through associating on the scene of the first stanza. A Tanka is written by one poet.

How will this month go? I will post our first stanza of the Tan Renga on our twitter account one day earlier then the actual post on our Haiku Kai.

To start this Tan Renga Challenge month I have chosen for that world famous haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) 'frog pond'.

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

By associating on the scene you have to create / write the 2nd (two lined) stanza to complete the Tan Renga. Please insert the first stanza into your post with your 2nd stanza. Have fun!

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

I throw a pebble
old pond resonates

This episode 'old pond' is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until May 5th at noon (CET). I will tweet and post our new first stanza and episode later on.

PS. I had a major computer crash so I have to restart editing the CDHK e-book "Color Your Life". It will take some time ... sorry !!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely idea for a Tan Renga a day, however I don't Tweet nor do I intend to do so ... hopefully you'll also be posting on the blog. So sorry for the computer crash ... a real setback! Bastet