Winter Play (solo renga)

Written for:  Poetic Asides – Renga Poems
At its most basic, the renga is a tanka written by two or more poets. This Japanese form preceded (and inspired) haiku, and its common for poets to link several renga into a renga chain.

Here are the simplest guidelines:

One poet writes the first three lines in 5-7-5 syllables.
Second poet writes the next two lines in 7-7 syllables in a way that communicates with the first three lines.

children play outdoors
even on cold winter days
ear-muffed and mittened
they roller skate on cement
bicycle with flags flying

statues, iron tag
played by children city-raised
hey, I saw you move
no you didn’t; I stood still
tricky game–statues–keen eyes

when their noses numb
can’t feel fingers through mittens
start to feel face sting
with biting winds it is time
to sip hot cocoa indoors

Renga: Poetic Forms

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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