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Winter 2005, vol 3 no 4

RENKU

Kasen: The Chestnut Tree

       

the chestnut tree
down on Rue Saint-André
freshness across town

Micheline Beaudry  

my balcony in shadow
just sunlight in the wind

Anne-Marie Labelle  

caught in the mirror
on the wall
the glimmer of a lamp

Hélène Leclerc  

the pale wooden floor clacks
beneath the cat's tread

Carole Morelli  

the brightening moon
beneath, a hunter dozes
ducks all flown

Anne-Marie  

a rap at the door
pumpkins at the window

Andrew Cook-Jolicœur  
* * * * * * * *
   

September sky
an airplane turns our thoughts
to the twin towers

Monika Thoma-Petit  

not knowing if he's there
still amongst the ruins

Mélanie Côté  

a level up
to win over his Venus
a long ladder

Carole  

on the way back
the radio masks the silence

Jessica Tremblay  

a fruity sangria
before the sun goes down
some mood music

Carole  

brand new traffic lights
the red a bit more red

Hélène  

under the white moon
a single apple
covered up in snow

Mélanie  

the chestnuts roast
on the charcoal of the fireplace

Liette Janelle  

in the looming dusk
the first words appear
of some freakish yarn

Monika  

a telephone rings
he finishes the bank job

Mélanie  

the pink almond tree
unveils its flower buds
leafless

Carole  

kiosk in Saint-Louis Square
their first ice cream

Andrew  
* * * * * * * *
   

a punk with
multicoloured bunches
crosses the street

Mélanie  

little nun all in black
Fêtes de la Nouvelle France

Monika  

near the piano
the curtain dangles
to pieces

Liette  

ants just stroll around
on the blank score sheet

Jessica  

at the drive-in
herbs drift on the breeze
rape on the screen

Hélène  

with the perfect dive
a sudden clamour rises

Anne-Marie  

sirens blare
in the coastal city
tsunami alert

Andrew  

she sings a lullaby
the child won’t sleep

Anne-Marie  

waking up the lovers
get dressed silently
replace their rings

Jessica  

the crowded terraces
5 to 7 between colleagues

Liette  

walking alone
beneath the autumn moon
I breathe out fog

Hélène  

a deer crosses the road
nostrils and tail erect

Jessica  
* * * * * * * *
   

yellowing newsprint
sunflower seeds dry
on the Stanley Cup

Anne-Marie  

a burnt dust smell
the heat exchanger ticking

Hélène  

at the metro air vent
a tramp drags on a butt
lipstick red

Micheline  

an old ten dollar bill
this spring top coat

Andrew  

after the downpour
a fragrance of tisane
beneath the lindens

Monika  

the swallow's beak brings
paper tissue nestwards

Liette  
       

Composed, Sunday 17th July 2005
at the appartment of Anne-Marie Labelle, Montreal

Micheline Beaudry: sabaki, Anne-Marie Labelle: co-sabaki

 

There are two related items in this issue of Simply Haiku:
(1) Kasen: Le Marronnier
(2) Kasen: Der Kastanienbaum


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