Sunflowers at Dawn – May Tan Renga

in the light of dawn sunflowers reach to the blue sky praising their Creator                               © Chèvrefeuille Fibonacci spiral eyes track the sun from east to west              Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #19 in the light of dawn In the last episode […]

Wandering Crow – May Tan Renga

a wandering crow its old nest has become a plum tree                                                  © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) sprouted from an old fruit stone abandoned in the garden its chicks are long flown hungry yellow mouths are beaks that feed their own scattering coal dust feathers in new nests in other trees a wandering crow observing […]

Pines – May Tan Renga

wind in the pines swirls upward to heaven whispered prayers                                     © Candy freeze into snowflake crystals icing on fragrant needles                        Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #17 wind in the pines (Candy) Chèvrefeuille has reminded us that Tan Renga Challenge […]

A Drop of Dew – May Tan Renga

a drop of dew sits on a rock like a diamond                               © Kawabata Bosha its sparkles fading slowly in the heat of midday sun           Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #16 a drop of dew (Bosha) Today’s  ‘hokku’ is by  a lesser […]

Ancient Road – May Tan Renga

ancient road… the trails of the masters absorbed in fallen leaves            © Adjei Agyei-Baah the past clings to naked feet walking in ancestors’ dust           Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Getty Images My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #15 ancient road (Adjei Agyei Baah) Today we have another ‘hokku’ by […]

Bonsho – May Tan Renga

Springtime in Edo, Not a day passes without A temple bell sold.                                     © Kikaku Bronze bonsho summoning monks Resonates in underworld.                         Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #14 Springtime (Kikaku) Today our ‘hokku’ to create a Tan Renga is by one of Basho’s […]

Bamboo-zled – May Tan Renga

bamboo waving candlelight into the night wind                                                               © Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) gentle song of ancient grass protects the sacred temple                        Kim M. Russell, 2017 Image found on Pinterest My response to Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month 2017 #13 bamboo (Jane Reichhold) Today […]