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Autumn 2007, vol 5 no 3

RENKU
 

Kocho : Within Touching Distance

       

wondering if-
one day hot, one day cold...
and now it's spring

dick    

a honeymoon brochure
drenched in an April shower

diana    

our Greek Island -
too early in the season
for the plumbing to work

dick    

it's a distinctive view
the sketch is a caricature

francis    

coming home
a forlorn cloud here & there
covers the moon

francis    

the prodigal son turns up
on armistice day

frank    

* * * *

 
     

his poetry
much influenced by the work
of Rupert Brooke

diana    

under an English heaven
emigrants and refugees

dick    

huddled round the TV
watching the news
central heating full-blast

diana    

I walk out of the house
into the teeth of a blizzard

frank    

summer appears
an orchid in a blue vase
on the boss' desk

francis    

a crane fly moves nimbly
across the dark ceiling

frank    

onto the patio
a single-minded youth
night-visiting

dick    

the extra talk is stifled
to keep in trust first talk

francis    

sometimes photos
bring him right back,
she snaps that old rose again

diana    

paper-folded leopard
prints of paint-dipped fingers

francis    

under the birch
and the moon's dappled light
small creatures

dick    

are the fungi they picked
safe, or - what do you think?

frank    

* * * *

 
     

survival course
a week in the bush
living off the land

frank    

water everywhere
in mud and sweat and tears

diana    

within touching distance
in all its seven colours
an umbrella lifts the sky

francis    

the fun fair's rifle range
is packed with local huntsmen

dick    

looking bemused,
a young girl peppered
by cherry blossom

frank    

the new clutch hidden
in the mute swan's nest

diana    
     

Participants:
Diana Webb (England)
Francis Attard (Malta)
Frank Williams (England)
Dick Pettit (Denmark)

Rotating sabaki

Relevant elsewhere in Simply Haiku:
Within Touching Distance: tomegaki. Convenor's comments by Dick Pettit



 

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