The judging just keeps getting more difficult as nearly every haiku submitted this week could have been chosen for the Renga.
A few poems did not meet the 5-7-5 syllable requirement for this week. Remember, they will alternate between. 7-7 syllable couplet (this coming week’s required form) and the aforementioned 5-7-5 haiku.
Also, a couple were either a little too off topic, or did not diverge enough from the Hokku. Remember, each stanza is relevant only to the one immediately preceding and immediately following it. So that this week’s haiku should have pivoted away from the Hokku and only related to it in an oblique way.
Keep in mind that this is new to all of us. We are constantly consulting what references we have. But also, this is not a competition. Rather, it is a collaboration and whether your proffered poem is selected or not, you are helping to create the Renga.
That said, the poem chosen this week is:
An ancient turtle
basking on a verdant log
stretches to the sun
From Janice at:
I hope her haiku inspires you to come up with a wonderful couplet for this week’s round.
Make sure to post your 7-7 couplets in the comments of the original Renga Party post by midnight eastern time (think New York). No other poems will be considered for inclusion in the Renga.
Thank you all so much for joining in this #poetsforpeace experience with us.
The Poet Trio