You maker, you shaper, you mover of things

I hear all your voices

whispering to trees, telling lies to the hills

 hollering down valleys and screeching your name

you tickle the funny bone of my barn

and rattle this house

poking and punching like a 9-year old boy

you’re constant, forever, but nowhere to be seen

hands-free sculptor of fame

go on, go on screeching your name

                                         – Kristi

Speaking of Wrong and Right

Speaking of Wrong and Right

Voice pushing to be free

Speak out out out speak speak out


Tongue cut out and gagged on blood

Spit out out out spit spit out

Stomach burnt and twisted

Mind follows suit

Beaten and punched down

Heart still beats, still pounds

Brain still dreams and knows

The difference between wrong and right

Restitch the tongue


Heart beats beats beats heart heart beats

Orvieto Face

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.

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.