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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1
 

RENKU
 

Nijuin : A Jump in the Calm Sea

       
the clear calm sea -
you can see every detail
of the bottom
     

a shoal of little fishes flies
over the swimmer's head

     
sunshine in the cutlery
on the tablecloth - someone
pulls the curtain
     

actors exit at the side
applause continues unabated

     
* * *
     


she throws pebbles
in the silent lake -
the moon is swaying

     

crickets' song on the meadow
mixed with lovers' whispers

     

boiled sea-bass
and wine in the cellar -
a table for two

     

lifting glasses at the bar,
the sport results are here!

     

such a heavy shower,
are we condemned
to stay in the tavern?

     

sound of the old drainpipe
playing on my nostalgia

     
* * *
     

a streetlamp
shines in icicles
hanging from the roof

     

winter moon on the path
hides behind the trees

     
an old oak's stump -
it's difficult to count off
all the growth rings!
     

the paintbrush lays on the light
around the lamp with abrupt lines

     
her long hair
fluttering in the gloom
filled with colors
     

the tram drives on and on
to an unknown place

     
* * *
     
all the shops
still open on the city's
main square
     

our passionate tomcat brings
home scars in the morning

     
the cherry tree in bloom
gives joy to the patient
behind his window
     

a shining morning mist
retreats very slowly

     
   

A solo renku by Tomislav Maretic, Croatia

Also in this issue of Simply Haiku: Skok u bonacu (Croatian version of this Nijuin)

 

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