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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Triparshva : Plum Tree

       

plum tree
folds unfolds folds
unfolds, plum tree

Terra    

embroidering a sleeve
fragrant blossoms

Jeffrey    

fat men dance
at the village well
children's laughter

John    

the sound of a squeezebox
she turns off the tap

Cristian    

the moon appears
then disappears,
curtains in the wind

Vaughn    

all the pressing reasons
I must write this verse

John    

* * * *

 
     

why remember now
the long ago descent
from Mount Diablo?

Jeffrey    

towards the open ocean
to swim with sharks

Terra    

a salted sea bream
bleakly baring gums
at the fish shop

Basho    

flea-market bargain:
I find Dad's pipe

Vaughn    

hand in hand
along The Embankment
Docklands all in flames

John    

over morning coffee
their suddenly shy smiles

Jeffrey    

perfume bottles
from far away places,
pressed forget-me-nots

Terra    

another leaf falls
upon pine mushrooms

Vaughn    

above the clouds
above the forest
brightly, autumn moon

John    

wood-pile stacked
a soother for long nights

Terra    

* * * *

 
     

Mandarin cursive
and algebraic proofs
cross the blackboard

Jeffrey    

I ask for directions
but feel just as lost

Vaughn    

on the beach
so many pebbles
a wave of new choices

Terra    

the lip of the chalice:
a hint of indigo

Jeffrey    

evening mist,
the faint image of an
old steam tractor

Vaughn    

unaware it cannot fly -
bumble bee

John    
     

Participants:
John Carley (Great Britain), sabaki
Vaughn Seward (Canada)
Terra Martin (Canada)
Jeffrey Woodward (USA)
Cristian Mocanu (Romania)

Composed by email 5 March to 30 April, 2007

 

Related articles in this issue of Simply Haiku:
Tomegaki and Kanso : Plum Tree


 

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