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


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



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


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


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


Matsuyama castle
lovely birds eye view
for cherry blossoms

My poems inspired by Shiki

late winter
browsing the aisles
at the flea market


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