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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1

RENKU

Nijûin : A Crackle of Static

       

rain all week...
on the bush a red rose bud
starting to turn black

frank williams    

news from the Test match,
"bad light stopped play"

andrew shimield    

in the stone circle
only grazing sheep
and a shepherd's ghost

fw    

wind turbines revolve
on the Atlantic shore

as    

* * * *

 
     

silhouetted
against the full moon
a small flock of gulls

fw    

leaving for college
he swears his undying love

as    

all evening
she bottles Jack's favourites
apples and pears

fw    

at those odds
it's hardly worth a punt

as    

along the canal
we leisurely chug
towards the next lock

fw    

silks from the far east
shimmer on the market stall

as    

* * * *

 
     

chill evening
a crackle of static
as I slip on a jumper

as    

father draws the curtains
on the first quarter moon

fw    

the kicking legs
of the gallows victim
finally fall still

as    

a white corsage
for her evening dress

fw    

etched into marble
the epitaph tells of
a love that remains

as    

across the cave's entrance
a boulder is rolled

fw    

* * * *

 
     

at the fairground
another go
at the ring toss

as    

once again Amanda's
crowned Queen of the May

fw    

pausing under the branch
for a shower
of scented blossom

as    

at twilight a cuckoo
lays a solitary egg

fw    
     

Participants:
Frank Williams - England
Andrew Shimield - England

Composed by email 28 May 2006 to 26 June 2006

 

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