Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge #1

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #I, “wind jostles the scarecrow” by Jessica of Like an Apple


At Carpe Diem,it the Tan Renga month.


Tan Renga is a short-linked poem which has two stanza, the first stanza has 5-7-5 syllables (the haiku written by you) and the second stanza has 7-7 syllables. The second stanza is a response on the first and has to have a ‘kind of link’ with the first stanza, but it can also be completely different say ‘a kind of reaction or answer’ on the first, but there always has to be, in some way, a ‘link’ with the first stanza. The Tan Renga looks very similar with the Tanka, but there is of course a little difference. A Tan Renga you write with two poets and a Tanka is written by one poet.

The goal of the Tan Renga Challenge is to write the second stanza of the given incomplete Tan Renga by association on a theme from the first stanza.


Here is our first Tan Renga starting haiku written by Jessica of Like an Apple; Jessica wrote this haiku in response on our kigo ‘scarecrow’ (Kakashi).

Stanza 1 (5-7-5):
wind jostles the scarecrow
near the heavy-hung cornstalks
the summer is spent                                              (Jessica)

Stanza 2 (7-7):

Autumn tiptoes in smiling

urging to reap what one sowed                         (Atreyee)





12 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge #1

    • In India,we don’t really have autumn-it just peeps in and it is gone-this year till a few days back,it was raining-monsoon took ages to retreat-so hardly any time for autumn to do the rounds-winter is already at the door;-)Thank you for reading and commenting Joanne:-)

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