Friday, July 13, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #41 Soliloquy no Renga "ancient warriors ghosts"

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday July 15th at 7:00 PM (CEST) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our special feature "Carpe Diem's Weekend Meditation", the feature that gives you (and me) time to meditate and contemplate before submission. This special feature gives me more time and some time off, because there is no need for me to publish every day. Of course that doesn't mean that I never will publish something in the weekend.

Recently I started with our new feature "Renga Challenge" in which I challenge you to create a renga together with Basho (or as planned later some other classical haiku poet). It looks like you all enjoy that feature a lot, so I have chosen to challenge you this weekend to create a so called "Soliloquy no Renga" (or solo-renga). Maybe you can remember that feature that I launched several years ago here at CDHK.

For this weekend "challenge" I will give you a hokku (or starting verse) to work with. The goal is to create a renga on your own and not as is common with another or more haiku poets. A renga is built from 3-lined and 2-lined stanza as you all will know. It makes a "chained verse" through association on the verses.

Today's hokku is the following, created by myself:

ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands -
waiting for the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille

The goal is to create a Soliloquy no Renga of a minimum of six (6) verses or a maximum of 24 verses. Try to create your solo-renga as if it was a book. That means try to bring a "preface", a "centerpiece" and an "afterword". In that way you create a renga like the classical haikupoets, because every renga had such a "grouping" (lay-out).

Ancient Warriors Ghosts (Japanese Woodblock) (image found on Pinterest)
This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday July 15th at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until July 22nd at noon (CEST). Have a great weekend with a lot of inspiration.

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