I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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16 May 2017

An Autumn Leaf – tan renga

now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other—thus it falls,
an autumn leaf                                        © Ryokan Taigu

the light face, the dark face, 
are only one leaf, one whole                 © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


a butterfly rises
its bright wings flickering                      © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #10 at Carpe Diem

Also linking to Tuesday Platform May 16 2017 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'


  1. Love the second one which beautifully contrasts the rising butterfly with the falling leaf...

  2. I'm often taken aback by how some can switch from the light face to the dark face and back again so easily :)

  3. This is absolutely stunning, Rosemary ❤️

  4. Luv the yin/yang inference in the firs response

    much love...

  5. Only one, indeed! I love what this says about balance and wholeness.

  6. I really love the contrast with the butterfly...

  7. I agree about the contrast with the butterfly, Rosemary.

  8. You seeded this with hope

  9. I love the reminder that both dark and light are parts of the same leaf. Profound.

  10. One falls and balanced with one rising up! There always seem to be a reaction to an action!


  11. Intriguing responses...both excellent, cannot choose a favorite!

  12. A brilliant contrast, a season of harvest and a season of new beginnings, makes life interesting!

  13. You did the challenge well, Rosemary. Very appropriate the two-sided leaf and the butterfly coming to be.

  14. I liked the variation with the light and dark face of the leaf. It fits Taigu's original poem.

  15. For sure your second idea for the 2nd stanza. I immediately thought of that famous haiku by Moritake:

    A fallen blossom
    returning to the bough, I thought --
    But no, a butterfly

    In this haiku Moritake uses the so called "riddle"-technique.


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