Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge

This is a new feature at Carpe Diem, the Tan Renga Challenge…

In classical Japan they had Renga sessions in which the poets composed a chain of stanza’s. You can read more about Renga in our Carpe Diem Lecture 2 , Tan Renga is almost the same, a ‘chain’ with two links, written by two poets. Poet ONE writes the 5-7-5 stanza and Poet TWO writes the 7-7 stanza to associate on the stanza of Poet ONE.

The goal for this new feature is to write the second stanza of the Tan Renga by associating on a stanza given by one of the classical masters, modern haiku poets or by myself. For this first episode I have chosen another wonderful haiku written by Jane Reichhold….

scattered in sand
embers of a saltwood fire
face to face with stars

I have taken Jane’s wonderful words and added my two 7 syllable lines…


scattered in sand
embers of a saltwood fire
face to face with stars
tentative steps are taken
by novice fire walker

Smiles, love and laughter

© John Belchamber 2013

If you like these Haiku, visit JRB’s Haiku Gifts


About jrbsays

Just a regular married father of three type of guy. Writer of Haiku, founder of and other bits and other bobs.
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10 Responses to Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge

  1. becca givens says:

    Brave fire walker … I like the direction taken! 😀


  2. Maggie Grace says:

    That was a surprise…a nice one!


  3. tigerbrite says:

    OH wow, like this one:)


  4. A nice new path you have taken with this second stanza … I like that very much … and it’s for sure some very brave guy/girl … this fire walker. Thank you for participating in this new feature.


  5. Love it .. a little humor could it even be can qualify as renku… maybe something to do later 🙂


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