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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..

The goal is to write a second stanza
 towards the haiku (first stanza) given. 
That second stanza of two lines (classical syllables count 7-7) 
is your task. 
With that second stanza you make the Tan Renga complete.
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Here is the poem JRB’s post is based on
“In Flanders Field” by John McCrae:In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
© John McCrae 
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Here is the haiku (first stanza) by JRB:

in a foreign field
the wind still invokes their names
the blood red poppies
 (c) JRB
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My response to JRB’s stanza:
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in a foreign field

the wind still invokes their names

the blood red poppies…..jrb
 
on the shores of DownEast Maine
 
Vet remembers ~ tears always…..sbs
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I met an elderly  man in a parking lot in town…
he had a Veterans plate on his car.  
He wore a cap that was retired Army.  We often parked
near each other often.  One day I arrived as he did… and
thanked him for his service.
We talked several times… 
he always mentioned the blood every where… 
it was etched in his memory.  
Tears would come to his eyes… 
he never forgot the “poppy days” of the war.
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© Sigrid Saradunn 2013 .  Ducks in a row as the morning ice melts on the Mill Pond, Somesville, Maine, USA

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morning shimmer

dew frosting on furze

a single leaf falls                          

                                      Bjorn Rudberg

ducks on pond crossing with care

ducks in a row ~ on thin ice

                                                Saradunn

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Prompt from November 4, 2013, late post


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© Sigrid Saradunn 2013

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Tan Renga is written by two poets
 In this Tan Renga Challenge
the goal is to write the second stanza (7-7) (7-7)
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I hear you speak
waves tumble half a world away
conch’s song
                                                                          (c) Leslie Moon
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conch’s song heard in the waves
answer blowin’ in the wind
                                                                         (c) Saradunn

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www.deborahcummins.com   Deborah Cummins also found on facebook.

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harbour moon
the loneliness of fishermen
under lighthouse cliff
 
                                                                (c) Joe of Flat Frog Haiku
search for signs in wind and sky
danger lurks past horizon
                                                                ( c ) Saradunn
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www-fanzwave-net-

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with light in your eyes
you embrace me in your arms
our hearts beat as one

                                            Imaginator
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lost time ~ distance evaporate
together again ~ timeless 

                                           Saradunn

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© Sigrid Saradunn 2013

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Rustling leaves dancing
Light breeze brushing rosy cheeks
Young hearts aflutter
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(c) Kaykuala
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Rustling leaves inviting youth
Time flies ~ eyes glowing ~ hearts join
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(c) Saradunn

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