Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tan Renga - Cherry Blossoms Fall by Shirao

This week's Tan Renga Challenge is a haiku of Shirao (1738-1791). Shirao was an inspired haiku-poet who travelled a lot, just as Basho did. He was also a great calligrapher.
The goal of this Tan Renga Challenge is to write a second stanza (7-7 syllables) towards the first stanza, the given haiku. It's not an obligation to use the 7-7 count, feel free to use it as you like.

Here is the haiku, the first stanza, by Shirao:

hito koishi hitoboshi koro wo sakura chiru
yearning fills my heart
when the candles are lit;
Cherry blossoms fall
© Shirao

white petals falling softly
in the darknest hour of night

© G.s.k.


  1. Falling through darkness - reflecting as they pass on - this is wonderful!

    1. Thanks Jen ... and then the new cycle will begin one day.

  2. Beautifully composed continuation Georgia ... that last line "in darkest hour of the night" is just awesome ... the time of ghosts ...

  3. or witches ;-) Thanks Kristjaan, I'm happy you enjoyed it!

  4. Helping to illuminate dream symbols? There is always hope, pure love. :)


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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