Carpe Diem -Tan Renga challenge # XIII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIII, Off The Tippet’s ”echoes of the past”

For this episode of Tan Renga challenge at Carpe Diem,our host Kristjaan has challenged us with the starting verse is writte by Off The Tippet.

echoes of the past
resound into the present
a dream of the sea
(c) Off The Tippet
Here is my completion.

wisps of tomorrow tickle
memories waiting to be





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge # XXII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month # XXII, The Inner Zone’s “sheets of waves cover”

This beautiful Haiku by “The inner zone” has been chosen for completion of Tan Renga by Kristjaan,our host at CD.

sheets of waves cover
asleep sea, lighthouse rotates
sparkling lullabies
(c) The Inner Zone

 This is my completion:-)

cradling ships to its bosom
dreams of brewing raging storms





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge month # XXI

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XXI, Cathy Tenzo’s “the Buddha Himself”

Carpe Diem’s host Kristjaan has chosen a Haiku by Cathy Tenzo for today’s episode of Tan Renga challenge.Thank you Cathy for sharing this  beautifully spiritual Haiku.

the Buddha himself
did not start enlightened
he walked the path

(c) Cathy Tenzo

Here is my attempt at completion of the Tan Renga:-)

of dharma,meditating
sought truth,attained nirvana







Carpe Diem-Tan Renga Challenge # XIX

Carpe Diem”s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIX, Carol’s ”tickling ivories”

At CD ,our host Kristjaan says -“Today our Tan Renga ”to complete” is started by Carol of ”a creative harbor” and it was her response on the prompt ”Ivory” last month.”

tickling ivories
scintillating music sound
filling the inner soul

(c) Carol


Loved the imagery in this Haiku.Hope my attempts are not going to disappoint.


tears flow, I drown in sorrow
your memories hug my heart

tinkling laughter,merry eyes
mask the growing pain inside






Carpe Diem- Tan Renga challenge # XVIII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XVIII, Joanne’s “by the shallow pond”

At Carpe Diem,our host Kristjaan has set the bar high with a beautiful Tan Renga completion ,for this lovely Haiku by Joanne.

by the shallow pond
reflection drawing northern fowl
a warm sun shimmers

(c) Joanne

Inspired by Kristjaan,here are my two completions:-)

bent shoulders,dimming eye sight
signals a sad homecoming

who is that in the mirror
just the smile resembles me





Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge #XVII

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month #XVII, Jazzbumpa”s ” my little green lawn”

The haiku for this Tan Renga challenge is by Jazzbumpa,chosen by Kristjaan,our amazing host at Carpe Diem.


my little green lawn
dreams about the pampas grass
i dream of the stars
(c) Jazzbumpa
Here are my two attempts at completion of this Tan Renga:-)

of idle nights- on moonbeams
in my garden fairies sleep

morning dew on blades of grass
did the pixies weep last night?





Carpe Diem -Tan Renga #XV

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XV, Lolly’s ”crossing the footbridge”

crossing the footbridge
a sound that comes unbidden …
my wild beating heart
(c) Lolly

 My completion-

standing still afraid to breathe
his lips on mine-dream lover




Carpe Diem-Distillation #5

Carpe Diem’s Distillation #5, Ezra Pound’s ”The River-Merchant’s Wife”

For this challenge we have to write a distilled haiku, senryu, tanka or kyoka inspired by the poem by Ezra Pound as given below-a tough challenge!


While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,
You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of Chokan:
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.

At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the lookout?

At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-en, by the river of swirling eddies,
And you have been gone five months.
The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.


You dragged your feet when you went out.
By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses,
Too deep to clear them away!
The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang,
Please let me know beforehand,
And I will come out to meet you
As far as Cho-fo-Sa.
I have attempted a Tanka for this distillation challenge.Not pleased with the result but then am still learning:-)

Autumn approaches
a young wife waiting,ages
fading memories
the pain of loneliness hurts
heart eager for reunion



Carpe Diem-Tan Renga challenge #XII

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XII, HA’s “entangled branches”


Our gracious host Kristjaan, at Carpe Diem, continues with the Tan Renga challenge,choosing beautifully penned Haiku by the CD community. For this XIIth  episode we have an inspiring Haiku by Anmol(HA)  and I hope my attempt at completion will not disappoint:-)

entangled branches
sun ascends through lifeless limbs
beautiful chaos

(c) Anmol (a.k.a. HA)
My completion-

renewed hopes,refreshed will
new dreams on the horizon

tear stained pillow cast aside
smiling face greets morning bright


night’s pearl necklace on the grass
morning rays gently pick up




Carpe Diem-Tan Renga month #IX

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge Month #X, Atreyee’s “The Soul drenched in Love”


At Carpe Diem,Kristjaan,our host, chose my Haiku for this challenge. I am deeply honoured and humbled that he thought that my Haiku could be used for such a challenge.I thank him from the bottom of my heart  and also thank my friends and fellow writers on CD who have completed the Tan Renga using my Haiku:-)Am looking forward to reading all the submissions as soon as I finish posting mine.

It feels strange to be completing a Tan Renga using my own Haiku and funnily I found it difficult 😛


the Soul drenched in love
seeks nothing- gives everything
finds Buddha within

(c) Atreyee


Here is my completion:-)

contented self,no conflicts
a vessel of the Supreme