Birthday renku

For a while now, I’ve been pondering how to celebrate my birthday, writing-wise. And here’s what I’ve come up with. From now until my birthday (July 23), please join me in creating an online renku. I’ve done this twice in the past, and it was so much fun! You can read the previous posts here and here.

For this renku, the rules are simple. I will start it off, and then in the comments section, add a couplet, if the last verse was haiku, or a haiku if the last verse was a couplet. What to write about? Anything in July, in your part of the world. Flora, fauna, senryu, stars, sunshine, cold (if you’re in the Southern hemisphere), dishes, soapsuds, food, trucks, trains, boats, and planes, clouds, puddles, pruners, cell phones, kids, birthdays, books, music, stones, swimming pools, the beach, tidepools… It’s all good!

Please leave your name, as you’d like it to appear, and also your blog/website link if you have one. On my birthday, I will put together a post with everything I’ve received to date, and that will be my present to myself! So have at it. And have fun. πŸ™‚

Opening verse:

sultry afternoon
the plaintive cries
of fledgling hawks

62 thoughts on “Birthday renku

    • Wonderful, Ina. That brings back a memory of my parents’ house, and how like clockwork, the fog would roll in over the foothills in the late afternoon. πŸ™‚ And I like your mockingbird!

  1. I’m not sure how this works, but I’ll give it a try. If mine doesn’t fit, then just skip over it, Cara.

    wet with dew
    wildflowers fold into themselves
    a whispered lullaby

  2. They flew from their nest
    over summer’s fresh blooms
    a lofty call

    — Lisa Hills

    (Lisa– I had to copy your haiku over into this comment, as it would have been out of order otherwise.) Thanks for the haiku.


  3. almost midnight
    should I stay or should I leave
    lullaby of a cricket

    Cara, if this does not fit in, please delete!

    • Thanks, Kirsten. It’s such a treat to write for Daily Haiku, as you well know! And great haiku– it reminds me of the horses I see around here when I take my walks.

  4. Okay, here’s an unexpected glitch. Due to comment screening the first time someone leaves a comment on my blog, we now have two haiku back-to-back. So… I need a couplet to fit between Johnny and Angie’s haiku, AND I need a couplet after Angie’s haiku. Here’s the chance for all you couplet writers to sneak in here. πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Cara, what a great idea! I’ve never done a renku before,but everybody seems to be having so much fun here, that I’d just close my eyes and dive in. Please don’t hesitate to delete if it doesn’t fit in.

    late for work again
    the faded-jeans sky

  6. I’m swapping the last two verses, to bring us back in order again. So our current last verse is Sanjuktaa’s couplet, repeated here:

    late for work again
    the faded-jeans sky

    NEXT UP: a haiku

  7. Okay, fix up time again. I just rescued a verse from my spam filter, so now we need a couplet near the beginning, to fit neatly between Gillena’s and Angelo’s, as well as a couplet after Ernesto’s final haiku. So here’s an opportunity for all you couplet writers.

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