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Autumn 2006, vol 4 no 3

RENKU

Shisan Renku: The Mimosa Bouquet

       

the mimosa bouquet
given by a former student
brightens up my mood

sosui    

our session sizzles as we
delve into interpretations

tateshi    

every recipe
from "One Hundred Tofu Dishes"
tried for revival

yoshiko    

* * * *

 
     

soft and white in the sand
sea tortoises' eggs

kris    

Ulysses wanders
far away from his homeland
the summer moon

kikuyo    

she dons the habit
rain wraps the convent

eiko    

* * * *

 
     

"plaisir d'amour
ne dure qu'un moment"

a scratched record skips

kris    

maple trees stand aflame
as I cross the pass

kikuyo    

lured by an aroma
to the hollow of the rock,
simian sake

tateshi  1  

* * * *

 
     

out of Toro's mounds
pieces of cracked earthenware

sosui 2  

his ebay bid wins
the empty can thrown away
by Tiger Woods

eiko    

I hold on to the ninth clause,
a winter calm lingering

yoshiko  3  
     

composed on April 27, 2006
in Mrs.Uchiyama's residence

Kris Kondo
Sosui
Kikuyo Sugiura
Tateshi Tsukamoto
Yoshiko Uchiyama
Eiko Yachimoto
(sabaki)

1 nuts collected by monkeys sometimes ferment naturally.
2 an important archeological site in Shizuoka Prefecture.
3 enacted after WWII, the ninth clause of the Japanese constitution renounces the use of military force.


 

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