Three Tan-renga from “Tanka Day”

First published in the Tanka Society of America Newsletter 4:3, September 2003, pages 13–14. These tan-renga were written on 30 June 2003, at the Tanka Society of America’s “Tanka Day,” at which I led a lunchtime exercise where I invited everyone present to write tan-renga with one or more partners. The following are three tan-renga to which I contributed.

 

 

She keeps trying

to cross the street, mother

with two toddlers—

 

                Penny Harter

 

The Age of Innocence

falls from her diaper bag

 

                Michael Dylan Welch

 

                ~     ~     ~

 

there is time

for one more

question

 

                John Stevenson

 

do I dare

disturb the universe?

 

                Michael Dylan Welch

 

                ~     ~     ~

 

long business lunch—

I lick the fork again

for a faint taste of blueberries

 

                Michael Dylan Welch

 

the deal is sealed

with our handshake

 

                John Stevenson