Renga with Jane Reichhold

Today at Carpe Diem Haiku I challenge you to create a renga with Jane Reichhold’s haiku. As you all know you may choose your own “line-up” and try to create a “closed chain” through an association on the “hokku” (starting verse) in the “ageku” (closing verse). You have to add the two lined stanza (approximately 14 syllables) to complete this Renga With Jane Reichhold.


frozen cliffs
swept by lighthouse beams
soft in the dark

silver frost moon gilded

by kindred crystalline stars.

giant waves
sea cliff rocks
summer sea secure

harem of sea lions howl

vying for male’s attention


high tossed mists
warmed in morning sun
above winter cliffs

an eagle tends to her young

safe in an evergreen nest


after the storm
sandstone cliffs relax pebbles
into the beach

sparkling in the sunrise

jewels of the sand

high tide
brings storm waves
to cliff dwellers

salt spray stinging faces

peppering gusty winds

sea spray
the cliff laced
by crystal

fragments glistening

kaleidoscope in the sun.



Susan Marie Shuman/SusanWritesPrecise
Ruby Beach, WA

Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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