Thursday, February 18, 2021

From Here to There

from here to there, my  

love flies across the miles to  

you in an instant  


from here to there  

imagine birthday hugs  

wrapped around your arms  


from here to there 

loved our journey together 

love you still 


love is all around 

from here to there, sky to earth 

shines brightly on you 

                                                             # # # 

The above poem is a short sample of a "renga" type haiku poem that is a collaborative haiku where we repeat the first line and then add our own creative second and third lines. This writing exercise is offered at THE DAILY HAIKU Facebook group on Wednesday evenings.

Another example is when you take the last line of the previous poem and use it in your first line.
It's quite fun and challenging because some nights it's all happening super fast.  Here's an even shorter sample:

in the ancient house  

two lovers live out their days  

holding hearts and hands 


holding hearts and hands 

watching the seasons change as 

flowers bloom and fade 

"Renga, meaning "linked poem," began over seven hundred years ago in Japan to encourage the collaborative composition of poems. Poets worked in pairs or small groups, taking turns composing the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas. Linked together, renga were often hundreds of lines long, though the favored length was a 36-line form called a kasen. Several centuries after its inception, the opening stanza of renga gave rise to the much shorter haiku."

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