Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #3 riversong

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is wednesday again so time for a new episode of our special feature in honor of Jane Reichhold, Carpe Diem Universal Jane. Jane's spirit moves here around on CDHK, because she was a great part of our haiku loving community and we have learned a lot from her.
Universal Jane is for her ... to honor her and remember her for ever as the connoisseur of haiku, tanka and renga, but mostly for her in loving memory, my friend and mentor as she was to a lot of us here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Jane, as we all know, was not only a haiku poetess, but also a tanka poetess pur sang, but she also was on e of the leading souls in the art of renga, or chained verse. We have done rnega here at CDHK several times and I had the opportunity to create a e-book of Jane's book "Bare Bones School of Renga", which you can find in the Jane Reichhold library here at CDHK. 

Renga ... the chained verse, that beautiful form in which we can create poetry together through interaction and association. Maybe you can remember our Tan Renga month earlier this year. Tan Renga (looks like Tanka) is a short chained verse of two stanza written by two poets. Maybe you remember the following Tan Renga:

The first stanza was by Jane Reichhold:

shadows of leaves
cover the open holes
her flute forgotten  
                       (© Jane Reichhold)

This was my response on this beautiful "hokku" by Jane:

caressing summer breeze
enchanted melody rises  
               (© Chèvrefeuille)

I love to challenge you, in honor of Jane to create a Tan Renga with the following haiku ("hokku") by Jane Reichhold. This haiku was extracted from the online version of Jane Reichhold's "A Dictionary of Haiku".

wind blown from autumn trees
a stream of gold

© Jane Reichhold

A nice autumn haiku, so try to associate on the images in this haiku to create a second stanza towards this "hokku" by Jane. Your 2nd stanza has two lines (approximately following 7-7 syllables). Please share this "hokku" by Jane Reichhold also in your post.

Maybe I can challenge you a little bit more ... let's try to create a Soliloquy no Renga with this "hokku" by Jane. A Soliloquy no Renga is a "renga" written by one poet with a maximum of eight (8) stanza. The last stanza is the "ageku" and must close the chain through association on the first stanza, the "hokku". You can find more on Soliloquy no Renga (a renga form which I created) HERE.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 23rd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, a new CD special by our third guest Herman van Rompuy, later on.


  1. Great stuff. Your tan renga moved from sight to sound. Very nice indeed

  2. Kristjaan, I thought it important you got to see this:

    1. Thank you Petru for sharing this link with me. I have already visited this website and it made emotional and grateful that I can and may share haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry forms with the world.
      Thank you ... Namaste

  3. river song
    wind blown from autumn trees
    a stream of gold

    while from afar the warble
    of an unseen bird resounds

    Valentina Ranaldi-Adams