Winter tan renga with Jane

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1584 – Winter renga with Jane Reichhold – Spots of Blue
“Today I love to challenge you to create a renga with Jane Reichhold. I will give you six haiku written by her to work with (including the six modern kigo) and create a renga with. As you all know in this feature you can choose your own “line-up” of the given haiku and you have to add the two lined stanza between them. Try to make the “chain” complete by using the “hokku” and the “ageku” rule, that means the last stanza, the ageku, has to be connected to the first stanza, the hokku, through association.”

“Here are the six modern kigo I have chosen: air, dawn, moon, stars, first light and sunset. And here are the haiku to work with:”

frost sharp air
cut into pieces by sunshine
sparkling on snow

sun strengthens, heat melts snow
frosty air thaws, shapes change

winter dawn
sounds of blowing snow
sleeping birds

in soft sounds of snow blowing
birds snooze into late dawn

spots of blue
varying the light to fit
tracks in the snow

gulls hunting and pecking
leave imprints of sharp claws

cold winds
rounding snow-capped peaks
a full moon

moon lends eerie light to peaks
in the cold winds of darkness

before one star
beams from the lighthouse
search the sky

fog blows in gray smoke, veils sky
lighthouse beams guide the sailors

ocean sunset
staying by the window
’till the color sinks


as sunset sinks in the sky
patches light up spots of ocean

© Jane Reichhold (Extracted from “A Dictinary of Haiku”)

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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