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Craig Tigerman, US and Karina Klesko, US

 

 

 

 

A Triolet - Rengay

 

Devil's Grass*

 

As summer surrenders in splendor
And nature prepares for the fall
We pause in reflections so tender
As summer surrenders in splendor
May beauty our memories render,
Each color so vivid recall
As summer surrenders in splendor
And nature prepares for the fall    /ct

This hallowed eve, each door we pass
We pause in reflection so tender
As youth plods through the devil's grass
This hallowed eve, each door we pass
Angels chirrup trick or treat en masse
All Saints Day marked on the calendar
This hallowed eve, each door we pass
We pause in reflection so tender    /kk

Recalling innocence, we see,
As youth plods through the devil's grass,
An angel on the balcony
Restores our innocence! We see
A lifting mist, a Knowledge Tree
From which we feast, then on we pass
Recalling innocence, and see
Our youth plod through the devil's grass    /ct

Sun spreads through my empty garden
An angel on the balcony,
The night grows longer, its fruits forbidden
Moonlight spreads through my empty garden
As seasons change this comely maiden
Just me and you and now just me
Darkness spreads through my empty garden
An angel on the balcony    /kk

So for a season, still a while more,
The night grows longer, its fruits forbidden,
We grasp for strength from secret store
And then this season, all the while more
A bonfire, fed by worries that we wore,
Burns bright, gives warmth no longer hidden.
Until next season, just a while more,
No nights grow longer, no fruits forbidden   /ct

Young Soldiers return from lands beyond
We grasp for strength from secret store
Thoughts too painful to express, bond
Young Soldiers returning from lands beyond
A piece of each heart cruelly pawned
In the name of freedom, chained by war
Young Soldiers return from lands beyond
We grasp for strength from secret store    /kk

 

Author's notes: devil's grass* is a type of grass; the common term is quack grass.

 

Triolet - Rengay: The Form

 

West Meets East

 

The Triolet - Rengay is a six verse composition. It is a combination of Triolets and Renga (with a renga/renku ending - that serves as an ageku, which can be separate from the other five triolets, but at the same time edifying each verse). Karina Klesko devised the Triolet - Rengay as a unique collaborative form for two writers uniting a western verse form with an eastern verse form.

The third line of each triolet is repeated in each successive triolet as the B line.

There is a common theme, rather than a shift; this is an organizational feature similar to rengay that is derived from the renga, a linking but not a shifting of topics.

The last verse loops back to the first verse.

The exception of this would be that the last verse does not have to use the theme per se as long as the first verse completes the thoughts.

In the poem, "The Devil's Grass", the returning soldiers compliments the summer's surrender...

Another way to link the verses would be by using an appropriate kigo.

As in some styles of rengay a story unfolds.

Karina Klesko, Sketchbook Editor

 

Karina Klesko, US and Kevin Ryan, UKCollaborative Photo Tanka Haiga: Submission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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