Tan Renga

Silence is Safe


oh this silence …
boulders filled
by cikadans squeaks   ©Basho

a squirrel sneaks away
up into and around the trunk

it’s getting darker
volume turned up
like million violins

pulling the covers upp
to soften sound for ears

after a sigh
acorn fell on forehead
that squirrel

another acorn fell
somebody is still working

in the sky
a star fell too
my wish

the silence is safe
a dream came true

I don’t know if I have succeeded in my first ‘Soliloquy No Renga’ (a Renga written by one poet) – this monologue with ‘hokku’ and ‘ageku’.
Is it a 8-stanza renga?


Smiles answer laughter

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #66, Jen’s ”ancient laughter”.

ancient laughter
captured in a canyon wind –
yucca leaves, rustling
                 © Paloma

whispering of ghostly voices
telling a wonderful story
               © Chèvrefeuille

while winds bringing answers
hopeful smiles fill the air       © Birgitta Rudenius


Scarecrow's hat

Carpe Diem Special #123,
Richard Wright’s 4th ”the scarecrow’s old hat”.

The scarecrow’s old hat
Was flung by the winter wind
Into a graveyard.         © Richard Wright

it had to pass some trees
and was pushed here and there

a girl looked up
sawthe hat riding the wind
wants to run after

her mother said stop
mind the traffic in the street

she hesitated
being not obedient
or what – she thought

about struggling between
mother and curiosity

a true hard battle
attracted by treasure hunt
obstructions on road

while hesitating by side
cars stopped resolutely

she crossed happily
running after into yard
the wind took her cap

she didn’t notice at all
cause treasure hat replaced it


Tan Renga

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #64.

curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy                                         (© Dolores)

in the middle of the night
Mother Nature’s light show                   (© Chèvrefeuille)

curtain of light
shimmers in the winter cold
flight of fancy   (© Dolores)

far away the light fade out
melancholy winter nights  ©Birgitta Rudenius