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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8 May 2017

Silent Steps – tan renga

silent steps –
one more candle illuminates
the old chapel                                      © Ese

a shadowy figure passes
along the edge of vision                       © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

lightning one candle
with another candle
an evening in spring                            © Buson (Tr. unknown)

from the withering the seed
from the seed the new blossom           © Rosemary Nissen-Wade

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge 2017 #5: silent steps

Shared with The Tuesday Platform for May 9 2017 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'


  1. I enjoyed both completions, Rosemary.

  2. This is absolutely exquisite, Rosemary!❤️ I must try out this form!❤️

  3. Nice continuation

    much love...

  4. Love the suggestion of possibility in these.

  5. This are fantastic, Rosemary. I love both pieces, the little jolt the first brings to my heart and the knowing the second blooms in my soul. Pure yum!

  6. Especially the second completion makes the cycle complete.

  7. I like your ending, Rosemary. There is no doubt but what a conclusion occurred here.

  8. As Bjorn say, Rosemary, you have complete the cycle, with 2 different poems.

  9. I liked the description of the candle and seed transitions in the last one.

  10. Love this... I will chime in with what Bjorn has already said. I so fail at forms.

  11. Love the second completion and how the pair work so well together.

  12. A vivid image of silent steps and lighting of candles one by one. Brilliant collaboration!