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 –