Tan Renga Challenges

Tan Renga Challenges

two sets of footprints
in freshly fallen snow
one pair from Kyoto                    

© Hamish Managua Gunn

the other from Osaka
did their owner’s pause to greet?

© Dolores

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Ishizuchi mo nankin no hana mo ooi nari

The flower of a pumpkin
as well as Mt. Ishizuchi
is great in scale

© Tomiyasu Fusei (1885 – 1979)

the moonflower
swallows the harvest moon

© Dolores

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The “hokku” of today is by me, so it is a tanka., not a Tan Renga

 

autumn evening
like whispered prayers
leaves float away
in the silence left behind
a hint of fresh hope

© Dolores

Matsuyama City

Matsuyama City

Carpe Diem #1161 Matsuyama City birth-place of Shiki

Haiku Poems bMasaoki Shikiold

garden—she empties
a hot-water bottle
under the moon


fanning out its tail
in the spring breeze,
see—a peacock!

spring rain:
browsing under an umbrella
at the picture-book store

I found Shiki also wrote Tanka

the bucket’s water
poured out and gone,
drop by drop
dew drips like pearls
from the autumn flowers

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I do not know the day
my pain will end yet
in the little garden
I had them plant
seeds of autumn flowers

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in memory of
the spring now passing
I drew
the long clusters of wisteria
that move like waves

Shiju-shima (Turner island) Matsuyama-City

My poms for Matsuyama

 

guarding the mountain
a serpentine rock rises
from Setonaikai

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Matsuyama castle
lovely birds eye view
for cherry blossoms

My poems inspired by Shiki

late winter
browsing the aisles
at the flea market

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in hopes of spring
I clean the wet leaves
from the garden
each shoot  of green
gently uncovered