ghost warriors

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #41 Soliloquy no Renga “ancient warriors ghosts”

“For this weekend “challenge” I will give you a hokku (or starting verse) to work with. The goal is to create a renga on your own and not as is common with another or more haiku poets. A renga is built from 3-lined and 2-lined stanza as you all will know. It makes a “chained verse” through association on the verses.”

“Today’s hokku is the following, created by myself:”

ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands –
waiting for the full moon

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

The goal is to create a Soliloquy no Renga of a minimum of six (6) verses or a maximum of 24 verses. Try to create your solo-renga as if it was a book. That means try to bring a “preface”, a “centerpiece” and an “afterword”. In that way you create a renga like the classical haikupoets, because every renga had such a “grouping” (lay-out).

Japanese Warrior woodblock

Ancient Warriors Ghosts (Japanese Woodblock) (image found on Pinterest)

Here is my attempt:

ancient warriors ghosts
mists over the foreign highlands –
waiting for the full moon                  © Chèvrefeuille
as mists dissolve, shadows
of warriors are outlined

stories handed down
children watch the mists on moors
just before they sleep
visions of swords clinking
vivid steel, maybe not myth

commonplace objects
shapes of threatening monsters
appear in the dark
to children frozen in fear
peeking from under covers 

ancient warriors
come to take you away
obedience tale
misbehaving children
make sure to close their windows

tonight, crescent moon
stars, only illumination
children sleep soundly
dreams of magic carpets
and summer swimming days

new month
full moon haloes the sky
mists dissolve as
ancient warriors arrive
their swords at the ready
ghosts wander the moors searching

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to ghost warriors

  1. What a nice solo-renga, really a joy to read.


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