Job’s Tears – Tan Renga


May 16, 2016 by petrujviljoen

cold barren garden
ah! I don’t have to worry
coix seed beads in hand                 © Milan Rajkumar

gathered and crafted in time

job’s tears placate here and now               © Petru J Viljoen

Job's Tears

Coix seeds are known as job’s tears amongst many other names. It is closely related to pearl barley. The edible parts of the plant are the seeds and the roots. The unhusked seeds are often used for jewellery and other crafts. Source:

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s Tan Renga Challenge, hosted by Kristjaan Panneman.

8 thoughts on “Job’s Tears – Tan Renga

  1. Thank you Petru for the background information on coix seed. Nice completion of this Tan Renga.

  2. Imelda says:

    We used to have a neighbor with job’s tears plant (it was only recently that I learned about the English name). We call it tigbi in our language and we used to make bracelets and rosaries with those seeds.

  3. humbird says:

    I like the sense of grounding here…

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