ripples ~ a renga

Ripples ~ It all started with this  haiku in April.  

touched by a moonbeam
tranquil lake shivers silver
~ripples reach my ears

David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish added to it and made it a tanka.

touched by a moonbeam
tranquil lake shivers silver
~ripples reach my ears
[listening closely,I hear
lowest hanging clous murmur]

And then we added more words and thoughts and stanzas and created a renga of 50 verses 🙂 which  makes it a Gojuin! Today we wrote our 60th verse. Here’s what David says of the journey of our 60 verses. I cannot thank you enough David. We continue to write. Till we are a 100! 😉 A hundred verses would make it a Hyakuin! This renga is a collaborative writing journey of David, who writes beautifully on being human and me, Sangeetha of Mindfills

And now, here is our renga ~ Ripples 1-60. David’s words, completing the tanka, are bracketed. I agree with David. Ripples is a perfect title for our renga.

1 ~ 20
touched by a moonbeam
tranquil lake shivers silver
~ripples reach my ears
[listening closely, I hear
lowest hanging clouds murmur]

hanging clouds murmur
mischief firing up some fun
~pillow fight follows
[sudden unexpected kiss
below falling down feathers]

falling down feathers
caressing cherry blossoms
~April rain showers
[shivering streams of silver
matting our hair as we dance]

as we dance all night
starlight splattering on souls
~ summer sighs softly
[as time's tender tendrils tug
temptingly towards autumn]

autumn always clicks
photographs in sepia
~ I'm thinking of us
[thoughts flurry in photographs
like snow in the negatives]

a flurry of snow
when wayward winter winds whoosh
in a gust of glee
[off-grid up in the mountains
renga partnership on pause]

partnership on pause
winter ice and summer sun
~ melt to meet again
[rivulets rush rapidly
flowing freely together]

rushing rivulets
rumba in rugged rhythm
~ rapture on the run
[grrrowling in utter delight
bear cubs wrestle on the banks]

wrestling bear cubs laugh
catching snowflakes as they fall
~ into each other
[mama bear splashes nearby
~ looks like fish for lunch again!]

splashes nearby
squirrels run helter-skelter
bushy tails must dry
[skittish fawns sip crisp water
wise doe eyes big mama bear]

fireflies flitter
festive forest fairy lights
fire up furry friends
[finches flip-flapping for fun
friendly ferrets frolic forth]

tickled by a prank
hedgehogs roll over laughing
spraying pins on pines
[distracted by silliness
they struggle with their renga]

waterfall of words
wrapping wild winds of wonder
~ nature's poetry
[animals caper through falls
painted rainbow by the flow]

through the waterfalls
fireworks of colour sparkles
rain rainbow showers
[blue bear cubs, scarlet squirrels
dance with dandelion deer]

delicate dewdrop
settles on slumbering sloth
~ waking up can wait
[while white rabbit rushes by
LATE for an important date]

bouncing up the slopes
bubbly bunny spots his date
boldly beckoning
[brown-eyed doe awaits white buck
brunch first, followed by breeding]

calling all creatures
crickets rub their wings in glee
commotion ensues
[rabbits get separated
date delayed by disturbance]

wild winds whirl westward
sweeping willow off her feet
~ bending all the rules
[long leaves largely lie lengthwise
tree trunk uprooted and torn]

snow white owlet wakes
perches high on broken branch
eyes wide open now
[violet voles, mauve mice hide;
lavender lizard makes haste]

slowly the skies clear
streaming sunbeams serenely
soothing nature's soul
[silence, anticipation,
shall subsequent stanzas soar?]

21 ~ 30

soaring beyond skies
on the wings of a whisper
~imagination
[carried beyond the Kármán line
dreams softly sparkle in space]

dreams softly sparkle
stardust scattering magic
enchanting angels
[hallowed halos humbly heal
humanity’s horrid hate]

healing human hearts
slowly soothing seething storms
~ a drizzle of peace
[people, awash, cleansed with love
regret’s tears flow into rain]

flowing into rain
forever flees to freedom
time watches…silent
[wet mist sprays eternity
from infinity’s grand stage]

infinity sighs
ripples shiver fleetingly
water wonders why
[touched by familiar moonbeam
tranquil silver lake of time shimmers]

lake of time shimmers
stars stop a second to swoon
night skies reset clock
[Chronos begins once again
Aion amused to no end]

gods of time giggle
shuffling seas, stars and seasons
~future presents pasts
[ribbons bright are pulled undone
miracles beneath the lid]

miracle makers muse
cherry blossoms spring open
~ unwrapping present
[beckoning futures contract
floating out on sparkling dust]

beckoning futures
baby buds blithely blossom
into tomorrows
[pollination’s powerful
potential persevering]

preserving prayers
paradise plants seeds of hope
in every dew drop
[daffodils drawing diet
from damp delectable dirt]


31-40
holding on to earth
daffodils reach for the sky
stretching all that’s real
[twisting tesseract appears
folding nature on itself]

tesseract unfurls
new seeds of infinity
merge in a moment
[seconds conceived so quickly
multiply into minutes]

minutes make magic
melding my memories
melted in moonlight
[mystical meanings emerge
manifesting magnetism]

mystical moorings ~
toes of trees dig into earth
arms reach out to sky
[the unanchored tilde floats
through lush branches to the sky]

lush branches start life
swinging on maybes
earth and sky await
[syllables swing down from above
seeking new bough to rest upon]

syncing syllables
songbird stumbles on poetry
simply profound
[peeping, warbling, chirruping, trilling
chirping to own beat]

birdsong in the breeze
winds in my heart howl
Hush! I know the lyrics
[flows chamber music, full of soul
feathers settle on music sheets]

feather-note on keys
hushed hymns float over forest
soothing baby’s breath
[steady syllables soften
sleeping suckling’s disquiet]

dusk draws the day’s drapes
softening sounds of sunlight
~ a lullaby yawns
[twilight nestles newborn in
night transformed by tender tunes]

a tender night hums
fireflies mimic starlight
dreams drift on ~ seeking
[Polaris paving phantasms
projecting paths pellucid]
41-50
pellucid pathways
ferrying northern lights
to the astral lighthouse
[Great Nebula clouds starbeams
Argo Navis sails off course]

a cloudburst of stars
concocting constellations
coruscating skies
[Orion shoots from the hip
Sirius guides arrows bright]

horizons hold hands
rainbow star travels all night
on a trail of light
[tranquil lake shivers silver
rippling as starlight dissolves]

a touch of starlight
waking up wanton waters
~ earth and sky mingle
[wrangling, willful water witch
wrests wish from wild elements]

wild elements whirl
winds dance to songs from heavens
joy begins new day
[dreaming gives way to daydreams
wish washed away by real world]

sun spins out of hand
real world tries tethering stars
~ fortune flashes by
[forgiving fortuity ~
foredoes foreboding fortune]

universe aligns
shards of time tessellate
unfurling presents
[~ all united, sharing tea
time for long conversations]

evening sky blushes
curling pink whispers of cloud
into silent words
[cirrus clouds spell I LOVE YOU
for juicy peach setting sun]

sighing so softly
trailing tender tremors
my soul surrenders
[touched by thin, teasing tendrils
you’re sweetly, softly seduced]

beyond the brink
melting moments and lifetimes
~ I sleep into you
[forms fading, dreams displacing
~ souls slowly slip together]
51-60
ensconced in one skin
eyes entwined in eternity
~each, the other
[passions ~inflamed~ ~scorch~ reason
~flames~ ~roast~ our marshmallow s'mores]

hot chocolate follows
a zephyr swirls our futures
in a single mug
[cuddling together ~ taking
sips of steamy, sweet, thick love]

molten melded love
sluicing from primal springs
in a splash of life
[~ deep, mountainous confluence
~ whole souls, gold nuggets sparkle]

sparkling souls ignite
enchanting earthly embers
~ heavens fan fires
[red rivulets flow forth from
fervency's fierce fiery forge]

fervent fingers find
forbidden forgotten flares
flaming fantasies
[feverishly frisky friends
full of fond fascination]

fascination flows
sultry skins soak in summer
burning through the breeze
[gossamer hairs and goosebumps
demanding due attention]

a shiver ripples
setting both hearts aflutter
tender touch travels
[lips locking in longing love
Your heart pounding in my throat]

thirsting wantonly
a tempest of desire
swayed by your soft sounds
[pregnant potential pulses
~ poetry procreating]

tender thoughts tangle
our forevers mingling souls
~ words weave warp and weft
[newborn song wrapped, warmed in quilt
eyes closed, hearing world's music]

nestled in new song
we hum to just made up lyrics
~ sublime symphony
soft soulful strains suffuse us ~
~ Melody opens wise eyes

ripples #50 ~ a renga

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me, Sangeetha of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this  haiku, is now a renga of 50 verses 🙂 which makes it a Gojuin!

ripples #50

beyond the brink
melting moments and lifetimes
~ I sleep into you
forms fading, dreams displacing
~ souls slowly slip together



***

written in response to

sighing so softly
trailing tender tremors
my soul surrenders
touched by thin, teasing tendrils
you’re sweetly, softly seduced

We invite you to read all of the 50 ripples here ☺️ and you can read what David has written all about our journey here!
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #49 ~ a renga

sighing so softly
trailing tender tremors
my soul surrenders


***

Written in response to

evening sky blushes
curling pink whispers of cloud
into silent words
cirrus clouds spell I LOVE YOU
for juicy peach setting sun

Ripples ~ a renga, is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this  haiku,  is now a renga of 49 verses 🙂  You can read all of the 49 ripples here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #48 ~ a renga

evening sky blushes
curling pink whispers of cloud
into silent words


***

The renga continues…Written in response to

universe aligns
shards of time tessellate
unfurling presents
~ all united, sharing tea
time for long conversations

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this  haiku,  is now a renga of 48 verses 🙂  You can read all of the 48 ripples here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #47 ~ a renga

universe aligns
shards of time tessellate
unfurling presents

***

written in response to

sun spins out of hand
real world tries tethering stars
~ fortune flashes by
forgiving fortuity ~
foredoes foreboding fortune

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku, is now a renga of 47 verses 🙂  You can read all of the 47 ripples here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #46 ~ a renga

sun spins out of hand
real world tries tethering stars
~ fortune flashes by

Written in response to ….

wild elements whirl
winds dance to songs from heavens
joy begins new day
dreaming gives way to daydreams
wish washed away by real world

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku is now a renga of 46 verses 🙂  You can read the whole renga here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #45 ~ a renga

wild elements whirl
winds dance to songs from heavens
joy begins new day

Written in response to

a touch of starlight
waking up wanton waters
~ earth and sky mingle
wrangling, willful water witch
wrests wish from wild elements

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku is now a renga of 45 verses 🙂  You can read the whole renga here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #44 ~ a renga

a touch of starlight 
waking up wanton waters
~ earth and sky mingle

***

written in response to

horizons hold hands
rainbow star travels all night
on a trail of light
tranquil lake shivers silver
rippling as starlight dissolves

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku is now a renga of 43 verses 🙂  You can read the whole renga here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #42 ~ a renga

a cloudburst of stars
concocting constellations
coruscating skies

***

written in response to

pellucid pathways
ferrying northern lights
to the astral lighthouse
Great Nebula clouds starbeams
Argo Navis sails off course

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku is now a renga of 42 verses 🙂  You can read the whole renga here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏

ripples #41 ~ a renga

pellucid pathways
ferrying northern lights
to the astral lighthouse

***

Renga written in response to

a tender night hums
fireflies mimic starlight
dreams drift on ~ seeking
Polaris paving phantasms
projecting paths pellucid

Ripples ~ This renga is a collaborative  writing effort of David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and me of Mindfills. David’s words, completing the tanka, are in italics and in bold. What started with this haiku is now a renga of 41 verses 🙂  You can read the whole renga here ☺️ and you can read all about our journey  here and here.
Lots of love and gratitude to you all for reading and your kind words of appreciation. 🙏