There’s a rumble of excitement in The Big Renga house today 🙂 . Verse 9 heralds the start of the second page of the renga. The second page will have 14 verses. The Moon Rule and (wait for it!) the Flower Rule (that starts off spring) must both be invoked on this page.
Today’s renju, Janet Dowling, had plenty of options. She could have composed a final verse on the theme of autumn (a maximum of 5 consecutive verses is allowed); she could have invoked the Flower Rule; or she could have written a verse about love, winter, summer, places, dwellings, mountains or shores.
Janet plumped for winter and this is what she came up with :
traversing the dormant plain :
running, sweeping low
In her accompanying commentary, Janet says ” My kigo word is dormant, being the sleeping land of winter. My link to the previous verse is the sense of small animals making their way through winter. “Members “running , sweeping low” is all about creating the idea of limbs in motion.”
Hmmm… so what will happen, tomorrow? The renga field is wide open again!
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I am just going outside and may be some time.