The Big Tent Poetry prompts just keep getting better and better. This week’s prompt challenged us to mix up our writing life, and write a poem that is different in some way to what we usually write. What I write the most are haiku. What I would really like to attempt this week is a renga, which is basically a series of short verses linked into a single long poem, and composed collaboratively. There are all sorts of subtle nuances to renga, as well as to haiku apparently, but for the purposes of this week’s prompt, here’s all you need to know:
- Haiku are generally three lines, containing a total of 10 to 17 syllables. The 5-7-5 form is acceptable but not required.
- Haiku consist of a sentence fragment (one line), and a phrase (two lines that complete a thought).
- Renga consist of haiku, alternated with two line phrases.
- Renga usually have a theme. I thought since we cross this country, and in fact the globe, the theme could be summer, in wherever you live.
So, now for the fun. I’ll start the renga, and everyone can add to it in the comments section:
children laughing and running
through lawn sprinklers
a dragonfly hovers
above a blade of grass
Read the poetic responses of others to this prompt here.