A rare visit for me to Carpe Diem today hosted by the lovely Chèvrefeuille, a Dutch haiku poet.

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I had a great weekend on the nightshift (smiles), so I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful weather we had here in The Netherlands. The upcoming days I will be free of work and the weather is gonna look great this week so I will enjoy it this week.

Last “regular” Tan Renga Challenge we had a nice haiku by Ogiwara Seisensui, a classical haiku poet who loved the “free-style” way of haiku-ing as we “enjoy” here in the Western world. And in a way that makes him one of my “heroes”, because I love the “free-style” too (or as I call it Kanshicho, “in the way of the Chinese poetry”).

Today I have another nice haiku in which we can see the Western way of haiku-ing. Our new “hokku” is by my beloved sensei and co-host who died last year, Jane Reichhold. This “hokku” is extracted from Jane’s “A Dictionary of Haiku”:

waving candlelight into the night

air moves in green spirit song

light echoes shadow’s wall dance




Carpe Diem Challenge

I am not regular enough on the internet to complete all of the challenges at Carpe Diem and so will dip in and out as and when I visit. Here is one I can have a go at:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Another day in haiku paradise and especially in Tan Renga Paradise this month. Another wonderful haiku to start a Tan Renga Challenge with. Today it’s a haiku in response on October’s prompt “Buddha” and it’s written by Cathy Tenzo of Haiku Plate Special. I think it’s an awesome haiku in which the Buddha is be seen as also just a human who had to go his way and fins his own path to Enlightenment. Here it is:

the Buddha himself

did not start enlightened

he walked the path

(c) Cathy Tenzo

Here is my 7-7 syllable response.

One step at a time he found

the journey became the goal


Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XII, HA’s “entangled branches”

My first attempt at Tan Renga.

Here is an explanation followed by this weeks guest stanza and my ‘response’.

Tan Renga is a short-linked poem which has two stanza, the first stanza has 5-7-5 syllables (the haiku written by a guest) and the second stanza has 7-7 syllables. The second stanza is a response on the first and has to have a ‘kind of link’ with the first stanza, but it can also be completely different say ‘a kind of reaction or answer’ on the first, but there always has to be, in some way, a ‘link’ with the first stanza.The Tan Renga looks very similar with the Tanka, but there is of course a little difference.

A Tan Renga you write with two poets and a Tanka is written by one poet.

The goal of the Tan Renga Challenge is to write the second stanza of the given incomplete Tan Renga by association on a theme from the first stanza. You don’t have to use the classical rules, but if you like to do so … well feel free … no obligations.
In your linked post you have to copy and paste the given first stanza and include your second stanza.


entangled branches
sun ascends through lifeless limbs
beautiful chaos 
Anmol (a.k.a. HA)

silent dawn brings reflection
and the formless begets form