Adventure 348 ~ The Big Renga Project [Day 14]

With spring done and dusted, and yesterday’s summer climax, today’s renju, Flemming Funch, had lots of options! He could have continued with summer, he could have done a verse on winter, love, travel, dwellings, mountains or shores. Or he could have invoked the Moon Rule – and that’s exactly what he did.

Here’s his clever, creative (and just a little bit irreverent) 7-7 that starts off autumn :

Serene is the sudden calm :
grey smoke rises to the moon

Flemming says : ” After yesterday’s passionate climax, it’s time to cool down a bit, and smoke a cigarette. So, there’s a change in tempo, and temperature : the remaining heat leaving just smoke. I introduce autumn in the form of the moon.”

So, we’re on autumn and that means only one thing for tomorrow’s poet : it’s autumn again!

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Adventure 347 ~ The Big Renga Project [Day 13]

As Cara submitted a third spring verse yesterday, today’s renju, Alan Millar, had plenty of options! He could have gone for a fourth verse on the theme of spring (up to five consecutive verses are allowed), he could have invoked the Moon Rule, or gone for love, winter, summer or any of the peripheral themes (travel, mountains, shores, dwellings).

The thirteenth verse is important in our renga as it marks the turning point for us. Alan did not disappoint and chose to write a mid-renga  5-7-5 verse on the theme of summer :

Oh thunder solstice
of warm long sensual showers
and roses climax

Alan says : ” I continued the suggestion of powerful human emotions evoked by Cara. I tried to give a shape to her ‘erupting’ , hinting at a more specific human narrative, diffused within the language of nature.  I moved the imagery on, following the natural course from spring into summer. Oh – and the thirteenth verse is – is the half- way point  and significance of this evoked by the solstice. My kigo word is “roses”.”

Ooooh! The thread of imagery over the last couple of verses has been rather “hot” 😛 . I wonder what will happen tomorrow … ?

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Adventure 344 ~ The Big Renga Project [10]

With Janet laying down a verse of winter for the first stanza of the second page, it left lots of options of today’s renju, Lisa Holden. Lisa could have carried on with winter, or opted to invoke the Flower Rule, the Moon Rule or the Love Rule. Summer , dwellings, mountains, shores and travel were also options too.

Lisa opted for the excitement of starting off spring and this is what she came up with :

Ambling to a pause, awake :
above cherry blossom, sings.

She employs the classic spring kigo of cherry blossom to start the new season off and continues the movement of Janet’s small animals in the previous verse with the use of the word “ambling”. The sleepiness of winter is now replaced by the awakeness of spring.

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Adventure 343 ~ The Big Renga Project [Day 9]

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 :

Exquisite members
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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