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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10 May 2017

Two Sets of Footprints – tan renga

two sets of footprints
in freshly fallen snow
one pair from Kyoto                             © Hamish Managua Gunn

patterns on the soles reveal
only part of the story                             © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


how far has the stranger come
to meet a friend in the cold?                  © Rosemary Nissen-Wade


new city shoes leave clear prints
the others must be well-worn                © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

For Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #7: two sets of footprints.


  1. They tell different stories...it is not easy to choose between the first two but if I really had to, I may choose the the first completion. One could easily write chapters for each completion telling a different slant to a story. You have me going today before I even started to work :)

  2. I lean toward number one. You could even interchange the word "sole" and "soul" here for some interesting word play. What kinds of patterns are on our soul?

  3. I love how each option tells a different story. I'm also a big fan of short poems that leave a strong image. Nicely done.

  4. Now here's a twist. Three unique add ons. Still there is room for imagination.

  5. I luv the second one for its mystery

    much love...

  6. Three wonderfully created continuations, but your first and third are really great

  7. Hard to choose, Rosemary but I think it has to be the second completion for me. :)


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