Dinner Talk: a tanka/tan renga

This week’s tan renga challenge brought me, well, a real challenge! I didn’t particularly identify with with hokku so I had to chew on it a bit; a little joke there which you’ll understand when you read the first three lines of the poem! As always for this type of writing, the first three lines are written by another author (this time the famous Japanese poet Basho) and the last two, to complete the tanka, by me. 

boiled rice slop
his old lady fans the treat
with evening coolness (Basho)


attention turns from dinner
diffused by loving laughter

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