Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga: The Imaginator’s “With light in your eyes”

I’ve missed a few on this challenge so this is my fourth Tan Renga response.

(The Imaginator)

With light in your eyes

You embrace me in your arms

Our hearts beat as one


Heat amplified with your touch

Breath on my neck almost burns

For more responses to The Imaginator’s “with light in your eyes” visit Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

I am an openly confessed “anticipation” junkie. Yes, I almost prefer to leave the gift wrapped.

I think it’s part of why I love to travel so much. All the planning and even the waiting and delays in getting places are part of the thrill – the building anticipation.

Happily, despite my anticipation fixation, I am very rarely disappointed in things. Probably because as much as I love the anticipation, I savor the unexpected too.

My trip to Italy this Fall offered held some fantastic unexpected moments.

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Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga: Patricia’s “ghosts of the ancients”

Tan Renga #3 for me.


ghosts of the ancients

cast their towering shadows

on the holy ground


Oceans apart Sequoias

standing guard o’er Mother Earth

For more responses to Patricia’s “ghost of the ancients” visit Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga: Shedding Summer Skin

My first Tan Renga.

(Maggie Grace)

shedding summer skin

willow floats downstream

reflecting season’s end 


teardrops resting at shoreline

huddled yellow on grey stone

About the Tan Renga Challenge from Maggie’s blog:

Tan Renga is a short-linked poem which has two stanza, the first stanza has 5-7-5 syllables (the haiku written by you) and the second stanza has 7-7 syllables. The second stanza is a response on the first and has to have a ‘kind of link’ with the first stanza, but it can also be completely different say ‘a kind of reaction or answer’ on the first, but there always has to be, in some way, a ‘link’with the first stanza.The Tan Renga looks very similar with the Tanka, but there is of course a little difference. A Tan Renga you write with two poets and a Tanka is written by one poet.

The goal of the Tan Renga Challenge is to write the second stanza of the given incomplete Tan Renga by association on a theme from the first stanza. You don’t have to use the classical rules, but if you like to do so … well feel free … no obligations.
In your linked post you have to copy and paste the given first stanza and include your second stanza.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Every morning I put on my ‘chicken feeding rubber boots’ to go out to the coop. When I come back to the house, out of habit and convenience, I leave them right outside the front door. Drive’s my better-half crazy. He’ll be happy to know that, soon enough, what his irkedness hasn’t been able to change, the soon to arrive snowdrifts will.

This photo also reflects my periodic habit borrowing of his clothes. (Note  the lovely plaid flannel jacket that has seen better days.) I have tried to curtail this habit over our 22 years together but sometimes there is nothing as comfortable as something that’s his. It’s weird. Like his ability to make whatever he’s eating look unbelievably delicious. Usually its a sandwich, and he’s offered to make me one, and I say no thanks, and then I watch with my mouth watering. You’d think I’d have figured out by now to say “yes” to the sandwich.  Go figure. There’s a habit to break.

When I took this picture a week or so ago I never thought I’d have a use for it other than my own amusement. How delightful that today’s photo challenge gave me an excuse to share it. Who knew the revelations it would bring.

My chicken feeding rubber boots

Deciding Factor

Took in a university open house with my son today as he tries to decide where to pursue his studies next year. Of course we toured the campus, had conversations with students and professors and sampled campus food. But here’s a picture of the type of thing that, in the end, could well be the deciding factor…fun with garbage cans. (I’m guessing they were music students because it actually sounded amazing!)