“temple bell”

Written for:   Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (5) “temple bell stops”

So today our TRC episode has a twist. What kind of twist? Well … I will give you the 2nd (two-lined) stanza of approximately 14 syllables and you have to create the first stanza, the hokku, of three lines following the approximately syllables count 5-7-5.

I have given it a thought also. I first had the idea to write that two lined stanza myself, but on 2nd thought I have chosen a quote by Basho and re-worked it to a reasonable 2nd stanza of two lines.

Here is the 2nd stanza to work with. So remember … you have to create the first three-lined stanza of this Tan Renga.

Temple Bell

Temple Bell

temple bell echoes
reverberates through flowers
vibrating petals                                       © Sara McNulty

The temple bell stops but I still hear
the sound coming out of the flowers

© Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) (taken from “Narrow Road”)


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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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