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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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The dark autumn night

Today’s haiku prompt is actually a tan renga, a form of poetry written by two poets – the first part is a haiku by one poet and the last two lines to complete the poem are by another.

The first three lines of this poem are by Lothar and the last two are my attempt at a completion.

this dark autumn night
the bright stars of milky way
cries of geese above;

below, owlcall through woodland
of leafless, frost-coated trees.

Lothar’s poem didn’t come from nowhere. It was apparently written in response to an earlier haiku prompt. Even something simple like a haiku can develop a history.

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