discovering new beauty ~ renga

The challenge for Carpe Diem’s Renga with Basho #9 Mark on the Wall is to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by Bashō (here in blue italics – tr. Jane Reichhold) with two lines. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) connect in a way to make “the circle” complete.

discovering new beauty_1path of the sun
the hollyhock leans into
early summer rain

discovering new beauty
garden holds many secrets

don’t be like me
even though we’re like the melon
split in two

each of us with our own path
in search of new directions

wait awhile
cut the soy beans to the sound
of monks beating bowls

discovering new Beauty_2your true path will become clear
patience holding the answer

building a bridge
between snow-covered mountains
white egrets

their flight bridging the divide
that has separated us

plovers fly away
the evening grows later with
cold mountain winds

leaving traces of their path
erased by the shifting sand

discovering new beauty_3summer rain
where the poem card peeled off
a mark on the wall

intersection of our paths
found on an outdated map

Museum of Fine Arts Boston  – Plovers and Waves, by Ohara Koson
Harvard Art Museums  – three whites, by Katsushika Hokusai
Wikimedia Commons – plover tracks


beauty of damaged garden ~ tan renga

beauty of damaged gardenbroken sunflower
torn apart by a rainstorm –
puddles on the path
                    © Chèvrefeuille

 beauty of damaged garden
held in hidden potential

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018
Chained Together III (19) broken sunflower
(Add to the provided hokku by Chèvrefeuille
to create a tanka)

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Sunflowers, by Vincent van Gogh

Inner Harbor

Inner Harbor

Inner Harbor

I seek this harbor
not for refuge. It is the love
I feel when I am with you,
the comfort I find
when wrapped in your arms.
Whether in storm or calm waters,
it is in your presence that I feel
most at home.

The prompt from Lillian for Quadrille Monday at dVerse is to use the word harbor in a poem, any form, of exactly 44 words.

Image: Sunset on Erie Basin Marina/Inner Harbor, Buffalo, New York // September 2010

water remains motionless ~ tan renga

grass on river bank.jpggrass on river bank
bending over in warm breeze
pale moon looking down

water remains motionless
reflecting the calm I feel

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (18) grass on riverbank provides an opening verse (hokku). We are asked to write a closing verse (ageku). Kristjaan honors me by offering one of my haiku as the hokku. My ageku appears in blue.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
(Wind Blown Grass Across the Moon, by Utagawa Hiroshige)

Also linked to Promote Yourself Monday at Go Dog Go Café


wrapped in choking vines ~ tan renga

wrapped in choking vines

wrapped in choking vines
dry wood and broken branches
untended orchard

 life without love is like a tree
without blossoms or fruit
                    Khalil Gibran

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (17) Without Blossom has a twist (Hineri).  Kristjaan has framed a quote by Khalil Gibran as a two line closing verse (ageku), and we are asked to create the hokku to precede it. My hokku (haiku) appears in blue.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Landscape with olive trees and mountains in the background, by Vincent Van Gogh