In this Renhai the last verse written was actually the first verse in the Renhai:
Still autumn night —
each patch of the forest,
full of darkness. /vs
Blanket of velvet-gray fog — /zr
a crow pierces the silence. /vs
permeates the morning air —
sudden rain... /zr
This creates a balanced alternating pattern of authors: /vs, /zr, /vs, /zr. However, this is not an essential requirement of renhai and sometimes the writers will find that after writing a renhai that it reads better having verses 1 & 3 switched around.
The theme in verse 1 above is supported by the darkness permeating the forest. The link from verse 1 to the middle verse is the concept of stillness/silence, i.e.:
- First verse: still autumn night.
- Middle verse: Silence.
- First verse: autumn night.
- Middle verse: morning air.
Here is the associated worksheet for this renhai:
One last note about Renhai is that, like Rengay, the verses show a linked series of stand-alone haiku which all reference a common theme. There is no need for them to be narrative, although writers are free to do so.
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