[The idea behind this Renhai was conceived by Ron (father of Vaughn). He proposed using a word with several meanings (homonym) and have it appear in each of the three verses. Check the notes for further details about how this Renhai was written and some background info about each verse.]
"The main feature of all Japanese linked poetry is shifting: Shifting from place to place, action to action, mood to mood. There is no sustained narrative or setting as in most long poems of European tradition." (The Haiku Seasons by William J. Higginson, p. 46)
Renhai is based on principles of Japanese linked poetry including the shifting that William Higginson here speaks of. The concept of "theme" in Renhai, however, is intended to pull together a Renhai's verses and to create something that is more than a collection of three linked verses.
[This Renhai was written with John Daleiden of Arizona who is one of the editors of Sketchbook. John was one of the early pioneers of Renhai and has written numerous Renhai including several with me; see his list Renhai here in the Archive of Writers.]
From "The Haiku Anthology" I became interested in Haiku and I have since written numerous haiku, senyru, and tanka. "Masago", my haiku pen-name, means "grain(s) of sand" in Japanese. I have recently started learning Esperanto and Japanese. A few years ago I developed a new eastern verse form which we now call 'Renhai'.