in the fields
with ripe rice plants for the gods
the sickle is used…
the harvest is plentiful
and yet the workers are few
A Tan Renga is a short chained poem written by two poets. The first poet gives the “hokku” or “starting verse” and the second adds a second stanza of two lines through associating on the images in the “hokku”. A Tan Renga looks similar with the Tanka (5-lined poem), but is written by two poets instead of one poet.