Renga (Originated as a party game in Japan (was played after ‘tanka’ contests))
Long and full of imagery but not necessarily a story.
Alternates two and three line stanzas, each linked to the one before, but not necessarily to any others.
Usually written by a group of alternating poets.
TROUBLE CLOUDS (opening stanzas of a Pirate Renga) Wild waves and white caps. Swirling schools of sharks and krill. Threatening red sky. As the clouds are gathering, schools and crews are preparing. In any weather, rain, shine, sleet, calm, thunder, freeze, trouble lurks nearby. Impostors cry, “Come to me!” But the wise shall put to sea....
PRETTY BIRD HOLDS THE KEY (IF A PARROT COULD WAX PHILOSOPHICAL THIS IS WHAT SHE’D SAY)