September Tan Renga #18

grass on river bank

bending over in warm breeze

pale moon looking down

© Ken Gierke (RivrVlogr)

glimpsing all that slips away

never ending ebb and flow (my response)


Episode #18 of Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenges for September 2018 features a haiku recently written by Ken Gierke, a poet who posts on WordPress (link above).

Autumn asters

plum-coloured asters

final flourish of summer

clusters of rapture

©️2018 Ontheland


broken by the storm

the asters’ fragrance rises

out of damp earth

©️Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

memories in wildflowers

sun-kissed pebbles by the sea

(my response)


Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga challenge #15 inspired me to write about the wild asters behind my garden and to provide a Tan Renga response to Jane Reichhold’s haiku that I intend to be a small tribute to her as a haiku poet and teacher.

September Tan Renga #9

between dusty cars

an orange butterfly flits

the traffic rumbles

©️2018 Kim M. Russell

losing time in a standstill

dreaming of wings shifting fate

(my response)


In this Carpe Diem Tan Renga episode the featured haiku is a contemporary one written by Kim Russell of Writing in North Norfolk (see link above). I was thrilled just a couple of days ago—when sitting on a four-lane highway in a traffic jam a Monarch butterfly brushed against my window. I immediately thought of Kim’s haiku.

September Tan Renga (8)

sunlight unfurls

on this scarred landscape

cradling new life


pear tree in full bloom on a battlefield

collapsed house becomes beautiful again

© Masaoka Shiki (re-worked by Chèvrefeuille)


This is a second Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge with a twist, in which we write a haiku to precede the lines of a featured poet, who in this case is Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902).

September Tan Renga (5)

Red clover (image from Pixabay)


on a clover path

in the gentle hum of bees

village sounds are near (my hokku)

the temple bell stops but I still hear

the sound coming out of the flowers

(final two lines from Basho—see below)


For this Carpe Diem Tan Renga challenge Chevrefeuille offers a twist. Instead of asking for a response to a featured haiku, he has provided the final two lines for which we are to write a haiku (hokku) to precede it. Basho’s words are taken from his haibun ‘Narrow Road into the Deep North’.