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Runaway
A Tan Renga

Winter rice fields–
railroad tracks running
a level above them 
Off to a faraway place
Let’s elope and runaway

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In response to Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s prompt.

This week I would like to introduce the short chained renga, Tan Renga. A Tan Renga looks similar with tanka (5-7-5-7-7), but is slightly different. A tanka is written by one poet, but a Tan Renga is written by two poets. A Tan Renga has two stanza respectively a three (3) lined stanza ‘hokku’ and a two (2) lined stanza ‘ageku’. The goal is to create the second stanza (approx. 7-7 syllables) through associating on the first stanza.

I have a nice haiku for you from one of the best classical haiku poets, Masaoka Shiki.

kishadoo no ichidan takaki fuyuta kana

Winter rice fields–
railroad tracks running
a level above them

(c) Shiki 

 

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