The CDHK challenge
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
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:
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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