Monday, September 3, 2018

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (2) winds howl in rage

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode in our Carpe Diem TRC month. This month it's all Tan Renga challenges in our regular episodes. Tan Renga is a nice way of writing together, like in a renga. Tan Renga looks similar with Tanka, but is not written by one poet, but by two poets. (More on Tan Renga above in the menu).

Today's episode is a haiku by Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), your task is to complete the Tan Renga by adding your two-lined stanza (approximately 7-7 syllables).

Cover of our exclusive CDHK E-book about haiku by Soseki
In May 2016 we had a nice Theme Week about Natsume Soseki's haiku. (See for our exclusive CDHK E-book our Library)

Here is the haiku to work with and create a Tan Renga with:

over the wintry forest
winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow

©️ Natsume Soseki

And here is my continuation of this nice haiku by Soseki:

body poppers dance on the square
while the first flakes of snow fall

©️ Chèvrefeuille

Hm ... not as strong as I had hoped, but in a way I love this continuation. It makes the scene in the haiku much stronger, but also very dfferent, because "body popping" is a modern dance style. I don't think the had "body popping" in Soseki's time. (see for some "popping" the video hereafter)

Well ... it's up to you now.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CEST) and will remain open until September 10th at noon (CEST). I will (try to) publish our new TRC-episode later on.

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