Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Sho-u “spring in our country”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by a poet Sho-u. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it.

in the centre,
mount Fuji towers up:
                                    spring in our country                     (Sho-u)

on geisha’ s ivory cheeks
                    glimpse of first cherry blossoms         (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Basho’s “the old lady cherry”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration and the first stanza is a not well – known haiku by Matsuo Basho. Our goal is to add the second stanza to it.

the old-lady cherry
in bloom: a remembrance
                                                  of her old age                             (Basho)

feeling rugged bark at my cheek
                             childhood memories return                 (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Rotsu “before the spring equinox”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by a not so well-known haiku poet Yasomura Rotsu. Our goal is to add a second stanza to it. 

before the spring equinox;
the cold will last
                                 only a night or two more                (Rotsu)

illumined by fireplace
                              stripes of woolen socks                   (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Moritake’s “a fallen flower”*

This week Carpe Diem Tan Renga inspiration is a beautiful haiku by a Japanese poet Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) and our goal is to add a second stanza to it. Here I go:

a fallen flower
flew back to its perch
                                            a  butterfly                      (Moritake)

careless in sunlit meadow
                      cat’ s nap uninterrupted           (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Lou B.’s “the gargoyle takes flight”*

Lou B of Scatterbraining in response on Haiku Shuukan prompt “gothic” had written this haiku and our goal was to add a second stanza to it. Here I go:

warm sun gold limestone
embraced by creeping shadow
                             the gargoyle takes flight               (Lou B)

through the rays of blinding light
                            eyes follow a sudden fall           (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Suzanne’s “reflecting the sky”*

Suzanne of Suzanne Miller Writings has written a beautiful haiku and our goal was to add a second stanza to it. Here’ s my attempt:

reflecting the sky
rainwater in a fallen leaf
                                             – embodied light                           (Suzanne)

shiny polka dot wellies
                    ripples disapper in the puddle          (Ese)

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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge *Celestine’s “ribbon of colours”*

Celestine of Reading Pleasure has written a beautiful haiku and our goal was to write a second stanza to it. I gave it a try:

ribbon of colours
streaks across the endless sky
                                                 dance of the spirits                          (Celestine)

finding paths through vivid tangles
                     careless touches of summer breeze           (Ese)

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