Red Leaf Falls – Haiku to Tanka


The Tan Renga Challenge for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai on September 26th, featured my Haiku, “Red Leaf Falls”.  I have shared with you the results from the Carpe Diem Community of Poets (here).   By adding the 7-7 lines to my own Haiku – I could not add it to the Tan Renga Challenge (it takes 2 poets); my addition of 7-7, turns the piece into a Tanka.


My completion turns it from
Haiku to Tanka

Nature sleeps
Carpet of silent snow
Red leaf falls
Lone wolf howls – waits for echo
No one hears the redwood plunge




© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2014


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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4 Responses to Red Leaf Falls – Haiku to Tanka

  1. This is so clever! Love it! 🙂


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  3. shoreacres says:

    Oh, this is wonderful. I like it better than the others, though they were good, too. It’s so enjoyable to see these verses drifting down like leaves.


    • becca givens says:

      THANK YOU — I am guessing some of it has to do with my knowing the deeper level of meaning to the Haiku — and then continuing from there. I came up with it as I was “sleep driving” from Central TX to South LA last Friday!

      I had not considered turning it into a Tanka until I was honored to have it selected for a Tan Renga. It was interesting to read others interpretations. 😀


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