Carpe Diem Extra *2015 CDHK’s first Renga Party*

This week there’ s starting a new feature on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – the first CD Renga Party. Renga is a chained poem, written by at least two poets or – in our case – 17 Carpe Diem Haiku Kai family members. In this first CD Renga Party “in the twilight” our task will be to create a classical kasen-renga of 36 links.
So…we take off with a beautiful haiku, composed by our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai host Chèvrefeuille:

in the twilight
mist creeps over the fields –
                                              stars twinkle           /Chèvrefeuille/

climbing vines of honeysuckle
               scented breeze lures out the moon    /Ese/

moonglow touches earth
sparkles brightly on still water
                     diamonds on the pond    /Candy/

sudden rainfall scatters the light
                                 -a lightning flash makes a frog jump  /Forest Tinker/

brittle rings break
amid drifting leaves –
                     Luna, eclipsed              /Jen/

swaying branches dance
                 with the autumn wind      /Sky/

two silhouettes
under umbrella
                at the bus stop    /Sky/

navigating by instinct
                  on the road to Shangri-La   /Lolly/

love echoes
in the halls of paradise
                               a blackbird’s song     /Georgia/

umbrella eclipses kiss
                                      stolen amongst sweet whispers   /Dancing Echoes/

day meets night
my love lost in dark,
              feel his aura   /Usha/

his skin kissed in the scent
                  of autumn dreams   /Dolores/

witching hour
shimmer of the moon
                             caressing her curves   /Celestine/

there in the gentle ripples
                      their hearts speak one language  /Gillena/

celestial bodies
envious of the lovers –
                   twinkle each other   /Milan/

spiritual lantern whisper
                 chorus of eternal love  /Ruchi/

scent of hyacinth
mingle with the cool moonlit air
                   nights to remember  /Jazzy/

purple beauties wink merrily
lovers drink in the mystique

holding hands
light spring in step
              – swing sways   /Nimi/

on the children’s playground
                                memories grabbing me by the throat  /Chèvrefeuille/

early temple bell
young monk shudders in his sleep
                   dream interrupted       /Ese/

strutting rooster crows
                  as farmer sips his morning tea   /Candy/

and the hunter, he waits
he waits as the sun rises
                                   in the Azalea grass   /Forest Tinker/

plea and answer, eye to eye
                    and the bow is lowered     /Jen/

trampled pride
on a trembling lip
               it’s dawning     /Sky/

morning wood fuels the fire,
                he wants coffee, tea and me   /Lolly/

arrow pierces flesh
quivering quarry succumbs
                                          passion springing forth   /Dancing Echoes/

On a dark night
moon and stars hidden,
             are they with you!    /Usha/

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Candy, now passing it on to you…enjoy!

PS: I will add the other parts, written by Carpe Diem Haiku Kai family members, here.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Hamish Gunn’s “only emptiness “*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful “hokku”, written by Hamish Gunn. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it.

in the space between the trees
only emptiness
                                         without emptiness no forest        (Hamish Gunn)

seeds from pine cone fill my palm
                        spread with the wind in forest            (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Chèvrefeuille’ s “A Dog Barks”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku, written by our Carpe Diem host Chèvrefeuille. I haven’ t written tan renga for a while therefore this seems a good time to give it a try. Our challenge is to add a second stanza (two lines of approximately 7 syllables each) to the haiku:

sweet perfume
mingles with the sound of rain –
                                                         a dog barks                       (Chèvrefeuille)

at the end of empty street
                       puddle filled with cherry blossoms              (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Becca Givens’ “Red Leaf Falls”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku, written by Becca Givens of “On Dragonflies Wings With Buttercup Tea”. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it.

nature sleeps
carpet of silent snow
                                            red leaf falls                           (Becca)

lone silhouette disappears
               between  bare trees. only footprints     (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Squared *Björn Rudberg’s “Loon is calling”*

This week the goal of Carpe Diem Tan Renga Squared challenge is to write a second stanza to a beautiful haiku by Björn of Björn Rudbergs Writings, and a new 3-line stanza and 2-line stanza. So – a short linked verse of 4 stanzas.

evening mist
memories are fading
                                       loon is calling                          (Björn)

dim light of September moon
slips between the parting clouds

weary splashes
around fisherman’ s waders
rocks of empty shore

breeze traces silver threads in hair
                    last knot. boat roped till the dawn        (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Suzanne’s “autumn’s last show”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku, written by Suzanne of Cutting to the Chase. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it.

in the pond
reflected trees and drifting leaves
                                    – autumn’s last show                 (Suzanne)

wild geese cries from a passing skein
                       echo through the veil of fog            (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Jamie Wieland’s “the glow of the dawn”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by Jamie Weiland of “Tea, Poems and Pictures“. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it. 

as a white dove lands
words unspoken yet knowing-
                                      the glow of the dawn                       (Jamie)

insecure steps from ruins
                               remind of illusory peace                    (Ese)

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