Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Barbara Tate with Karen O’Leary--United States

Tan Renga

By Barbara Tate and Karen O’Leary

moment of truth
lost in transition...
a puzzled look

the wind blows
only one way

46 comments:

  1. Tan Renga, eh? Interesting concept and formation, guys.........it is always amazing to me how much can be related, said and imprinted in one's mind - all in the brevity! A beautiful and very creative collab, you two! A cool format that really expresses tons! Sheri

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    1. I am so honored to be included with Karen on this Tan Renga. Thank you for the comments. Much appreciated

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    2. Dear Barbara,

      What a joy to work with you on this Tan Renga! You are such a talented writer. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    3. Dear Sheri,

      What a positive voice you are here at Whispers! Thank you for your kind words on our collaborative poem. It was a great experience. I appreciate all the encouragement you give me and others, my friend.

      Blessings to you,
      Karen

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    4. Dear Karen and Barbara,

      Thank you for nice and impressive poem! Enjoyed reading it!!

      Love,

      Gert

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    5. Thank you for your kind words--much appreciated.

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    6. Dear Gert,

      Thank you for your kind words--which mean a lot coming from you, my friend. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

      Love,
      Karen

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  2. Dear Joan,

    Thank you for stopping by and for your thoughtful and encouraging words. You got being concise down--makes me smile--since our poem was concise too. Thank you for all you do for this poetry community.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  3. Barbara and Karen,
    What a wonderful joy it must be to work together! Great poem!
    Your friend,
    David Fox

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    1. Dear David,

      Yes, it was fun. Thank you for your kind words.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    1. Dear Peggy,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. You are so good about encouraging others. That is a blessing.

      Best wishes,
      Karen

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    2. Thank you, Peggy, your thought and comment are so appreciated.

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  5. Barbara and Karen, thank you for this intriguing collaborative poem. Part of what makes it so intriguing for me and to be read again and again, is trying to figure out exactly what truth it could refer to. Depending on ones frame of reference it could apply to different venues. Like Eve who partook of the forbidden fruit and paid the consequences, we likewise will either be blessed or pay consequences according to our choices. "The wind only blows one way" or the other. :)

    It is always fun to learn new forms and be inspired to try one's hand at the same, when such a well written one like this is. Amazing that even in it's brevity, so much can be read into it. Thank you for sharing your awesome combined talents.
    Love, Charlene

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    1. Dear Charlene--Each time I read this poem it gets stronger. I am blessed to be part of this one. Thank you for putting my feelings about this into words.
      Luv & Sincerely--Barbara

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    2. Dear Charlene,

      Part of the nature of Asian forms is to leave a bit of mystery so that the reader can bring his or her own interpretation into the poem. I'm glad you have enjoyed delving into our Tan Renga. Thank you for your thoughtful and kind words. What a blessing to have you a part of Whispers.

      Love,
      Karen

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  6. Rich essence is usually found in small bottles! And this is one fine example! Well done to the both of you...very impressive. All the best. // paul

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    1. Dear Paul,

      Wow! Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure working with Barbara on this poem. I appreciate your ongoing support, my friend.

      Blessings and best wishes,
      Karen

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  7. Full of eastern promise! Very neat work. Enjoyed. You both must be congratulated. Any chance of sharing the structure? Best wishes to you both. Ralph

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    1. Dear Ralph,

      Thank you so much for these lovely thoughts. If you search under, Tan Renga there is a lot of information on the internet. I know you enjoy short forms and are so good at them. Best wishes to you to my friend.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    2. Thank you and good luck with your Tan Renga.

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  8. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    Your collaborative poem with Barbara is ' Concise - with depth.' It makes one think deeply.

    Love,
    Beth

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    1. Dear Beth,

      So nice to receive your lovely thoughts today. It was fun working with Barbara on this poem. Thank you for your ongoing encouragement.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    2. Very nice, Barbara and Karen. Such power and emotion in very few lines. I enjoyed your collaboration. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

      -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

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    3. Thank you for your kind words. I feel very humbled and honored to be part of it.

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  9. Dear Maurice,

    Thank you for your lovely words. I wish you continued blessings, too, my friend.

    Best wishes,
    Karen

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  10. Well done, Barbara and Karen! I will be thinking about this.

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    1. I read it over and over--and it gets stronger and stronger. Thank you.

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    2. Dear Michael,

      Thank you for cheering us on. Glad our words gave you something to think about.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  11. The wind is blowing from a singular direction, but we can read this in so many ways. Loving and message and the mystery that surrounds.

    Surely Barbara and Karen were in the same room when writing this piece. It is has all the implications of ... simpatico.

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    1. Dear Michael--Thank you for those thoughts. Not in the same room--but definitely of the same mind.

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    2. Dear Michael,

      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts. This was fun to write with Barbara. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  12. So much can be read into so few lines.

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    1. Thank you. I love these Japanese forms--they are true art forms.

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  13. Dear Dan,

    Thank you so much. It's so good that you are getting acquainted here. I am glad to have you with us.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  14. Thanks for your poem Karen & Barbara....Few words speak volumes! Best wiishes, Chris~

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    1. Thank you very much. Have enjoyed reading your poetry and look forward to seeing more.

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  15. Dear Chris,

    Thank you for your kind words, my friend. I appreciate all the encouragement you give me and others.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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  16. really love this - so good to see you in a collaboration write too, Karen

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    1. Dear Jack,

      Thank you for your kind words. It was fun working on this Tan Renga with Barbara. I appreciate all the support and encouragement you give me, my friend.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  17. Karen and Barbara,

    Creative use of the form..I enjoyed reading this one today..

    Sara

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    1. Dear Sara,

      Thank you for your lovely comments. You are always so good about encouraging others. So good to have you at Whispers.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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