Friday, November 2, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #57 Renga With ... six haiku poets

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday November 4th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new weekend-meditation our feature that gives you the opportunity to meditate and contemplate before you submit your work. Let me give you a small update first. As you all know the hospital where I am working has ran into bankruptcy so I am unemployed at the moment. Of course my colleagues and I are hoping that the hospital will be re-opened and it looks positive at the moment. There are a few investors who would like to take over, but right at the moment it's not clear which one will get "the bone". So I have a few appointments for a new job. One of those interviews I have had yesterday (Thursday November 1st) and I am glad that interview was succesful. I have already my contract for that new job, but I have still a few interviews to do, so I haven't yet signed it. Why didn't I sign? Well ... it's just for a few months. Of course that's better than nothing, but I am looking for a longtime commitment.

For this weekend meditation I have cjosen to challenge you to create a Renga With ... not with one other haiku poet, but with six different haiku poets. So this weekend you can make a renga with the following haiku poets: Basho, Issa, Chiyo-Ni, Buson, Shiki and Jane Reichhold. Of course you may choose your own line-up. Your task is to add the two-lined stanza between the haiku through association on the scene(s) in the haiku.

Here are the six haiku to work with:

all my years
floating in the river
a childish heart

© Jane Reichhold (taken from our tribute e-book "All My Years")

a flash of lightning:
the screech of a night-heron
flying in the darkness

© Basho

the coolness
of the sound of water at night,
falling back into the well

© Issa

autumn's bright moon,
however far I walked, still afar off
in an unknown sky

© Chiyo-Ni

autumn's bright moon

pressing sushi;
after a while,
a feeling of loneliness

© Buson

at the gate of a deserted house,
a cicada is crying in the rays
of the evening sun

© Shiki

What an awesome challenge this is ... creating a renga with all those wonderful and renown haiku poets. I hope you will enjoy this wonderful task. By the way ... try to create a "closed chain" with an ageku that connects with the hokku.

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday November 4th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until November 11th at noon (CET). Enjoy your weekend.


  1. So happy to hear your interview went well yesterday Kristjaan and we wish you lots of luck with your interviews to come.

  2. Yes, I hope you have your best pick of possible positions!

  3. Yes, best wishes from me too, Kristjaan.