Friday, June 17, 2016

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge # 103 Basho's "a flash of lightning!"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our weekly special feature Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge in which I challenge you to complete a Tan Renga by adding the second stanza of two lines (7-7) towards the given "hokku".
This week I have chosen a nice "hokku" by one of the four greatest haiku poets ever, Matsuo Basho. As you know (maybe) I see him as my master and I love all his haiku.

Here is your challenge:

inazuma ya yami no kata yuku goi no koe

a flash of lightning—
passing through the darkness
a night heron’s scream

© Basho (1644-1694)
Night Heron

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


  1. Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge # 103:

    evening dusk
    probing a rice field
    red eyes of a night heron

  2. Mine is up @