Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge 103 Basho’s “a flash of lightning.”

Here is my contribution to the lovely “hokko” chosen by our Carpe Diem Haiku Kai host, written by the master Basho.  (A Tan Renga consists of a three-line Haiku by one poet, and completed with two additional lines written by another poet.)

inazuma ya yami no kata yuku goi no koe

a flash of lightning—
passing through the darkness
a night heron’s scream

©Basho (1644-1694)

—give a tantalizing glimpse
of imagined things unseen

©Sometimes, 2016



  1. I’ve never heard of that – now that’s what I call fun! Have you ever read ‘Gaudy Night’ by Dorothy L Sayers, in which Peter Wimsey completes Harriet Vane’s sonnet? It makes her very cross because he does it so well!


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