e a m harris

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Tan renga challenge

yellow roseCarpe Diem has invited us to finish a poem in the tan renga style (a poem started by one poet and completed by another.

The first part is a 5-7-5 poem written by a 20th century poet Mizuhara Shuoshi.

A new year begins
With the blooming
Of a single frosty rose.

My two 7-7 lines to finish it are:

Rose, frost, season met/will meet
For centuries of new years.


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6 thoughts on “Tan renga challenge

  1. Beautiful continuation … the everlasting changing of the seasons and through that our beautiful planet.


  2. And ends with the death of
    A thousand brittle leaves.

    ( unless I have to keep to a different syllable count)


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