let the ravens come (tan renga)

let the ravens come
let them smile as they pick the flesh
from the battlefield                                            (Managua)

and later, simply, children
to pick fragile red blossoms                              (Broughton)

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Tan Renga is a collaborative form, where one poet writes the first 5-7-5 syllable stanza and another poet follows with a 7-7 stanza. Or it can be less syllables but remain: short long short, long long.

Managua is Hamish (Managua) Gunn of Fresh From a Hermit’s Forest How wonderful is his poem?!

about Tan Renga and this prompt here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

8 thoughts on “let the ravens come (tan renga)

  1. Should be required reading for all the military forces of the world. Just a wondrously powerful tan renga.!

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