photo from the prompt

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My response to complete this Tan Renga started by Björn:
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tempting waves –
the old boat still needs
a little rest


© Björn Rudberg

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on the shore for decades
waves call ~ unable to respond
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(c) Saradunn
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Tan Renga is a short chained poem of two stanzas written by two poets.
It looks very similar with Tanka, but Tanka is written by one poet.
As you maybe know Tanka (a five-lined poem) follows the classical syllbles count 5-7-5-7-7.
This same syllables count is used for Tan Renga,
but there is one little difference: after the first three lines (5-7-5)
there is a white line and than follows the second two-lined stanza (7-7).
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The goal is to write the second stanza of this Tan Renga and make it complete or continue the image by association on themes in the first stanza.
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For example: You can write a second stanza associated on the “old boat”:
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tempting waves –
the old boat still needs
a little rest                        (© Björn Rudberg)

in the backyard, next to the pond,
an old boat overgrown with Ivy               (© Chèvrefeuille)

In this example you can see that the second stanza was inspired on the theme of the “old boat” in the first stanza. This was just an example, you can also associate on waves, little, need and so on. The choice is yours.

Here is my attempt to complete this Tan Renga started by Björn:

tempting waves –
the old boat still needs
a little rest                          (© Björn Rudberg)

an old sailor man with red-stained eyes
grieving for the loss of his boat                               (© Chèvrefeuille)And now it’s up to you. You don’t have to use the 7-7 syllables count for the second stanza, but feel free to do if you like to. Writing haiku and Tan Renga is fun and has to be free from rules … at least that’s my opinion. Write from your heart and not from your mind … go with the flow and let it inspire you..
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