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Above and On the Beach

~ My response to a CDHK challenge for a tan renga based on a Jane Reichhold haiku harks back to the often-quoted opening lines of a William Blake poem. ~

The CDHK challenge

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1358 Clouds

calls for 2 lines to form a tan renga (a tanka starting with a given haiku) and displays the haiku

© Jane Reichhold
|roaring down the beach
|at the height of winter waves
|mist clouds

My response punctuates lines from Jane Reichhold’s haiku as well as my added lines because I prefer ordinary prose punctuation to the idiosyncracies of various genres of poetry, but I took care that my lines (like Jane’s) would still be readable w/o punctuation.

Above and On the Beach
|Roaring down the beach
|at the height of winter waves:
|mist clouds.
|Droplets are small worlds above
|worlds Blake saw in grains of sand.


While many lines in William Blake’s long poem Auguries of Innocence have not aged well, the opening 4 lines can stand alone and have often been quoted.  An eloquent example is Adam Frank’s short exhortation to notice the mundane miracles around us, even in things as humble as a grain of sand (or a droplet of mist).

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