Ancient Laughter


ancient laughter

captured in a canyon wind –

yucca leaves, rustling          (© Paloma)


it’s the sound of shade

and an old lizard feels blessed        (Blake)



This poem is part of Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #66, Jen’s “ancient laughter”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In this challenge a lovely haiku by Jen of Blog It or Lose It was our inspiration and we were asked to take her hokku and add two lines in approximately 7/7 syllables, to create a two-person tanka, a tan renga. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here.

For me, with zero experience of deserty canyons, that type of landscape means Clint Eastwood, so let’s finish with some Ennio Morricone –

5 thoughts on “Ancient Laughter

  1. The yucca leaves as the sound of shade — great sense-shifting! It works very well. A lucky lizard — also a smart one!

    Love the music too — can’t hear this song without seeing Tuco running through the cemetery in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. 🙂

    • I’ve wanted to try some sense-shifting for a while and your haiku has such a tremendous sense of place that it seemed to offer possibilities 😉

      And isn’t the music great? Again, it conjures a great sense of place. Ah poor Tuco – always a little bit behind the play :-$

      • Felt so BAD for him at the end of TGTB&TU — in that 3-person showdown –! A great actor though — Tuco is an awesome character.

        Did you know Eli Wallach died this year? He was 98! So it’s possible he’ll have the last laugh in the end.

        And — thank you for the compliment on the haiku — so glad it gave you that opportunity you were looking for 🙂

      • And he gives a great performance in that film – steals it, really, because there’s so much messed-up humanity in Tuck. When he meets his brother, the priest…

        And it was my pleasure to compliment your haiku – a lovely naturalistic scene with an aura of ‘zenitude’, to borrow a word from you 🙂

      • “After a big meal, there’s nothing like a good cigar.” Yeah — that scene with his brother is a real punch in the gut, isn’t it? But he has humor too: “If you’re gonna shoot, shoot, don’t talk!” Yes — totally steals each scene. I like his role better than ol’ Clint’s role. And actually, Lee Van Cleef is more interesting than Clint too.

        And — thanks again 🙂

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