Shamanic Journey: tan renga

Althouth I missed last week’s tan renga challenge, I always look forward to this Friday event. Happily I’m on schedule today, at least for this exercise, and have already composed my portion of the tanka; the first three lines are provided by the host and the last two lines are written by a different author to complete the poem. You can read more about the challenge and much, much more at Carpe Diem Haiku

shamanic journey
a red dragonfly comes
to guide the canoe
© Jane Reichhold

along the swift waters edge
further toward his journey 
© Greg Wolford 

What a wonderful exercise this one is, at least for me!  I can see the words vividly in my mind as a scene unfolding and I hope you can, too. 


  1. A particularly good finish, because of a nice flow of words, a logical, clear understanding and not, as one sees, over fanciful language. At the same time is intriguing with use of “his” and not “I.”

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  2. Awesome continuation Greg … you are one of the best poets to complete these Tan Renga. Your 2nd stanza brings new scenes in the “short story” and it makes the spiritual meaning even stronger. Chapeau!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Chèvrefeuille. I’m actually very humbled by your comments; I suppose I enjoy this particular style so much that perhaps I’m able to pour more into it.


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