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Summer 2008, vol 6 no 2
 

RENKU
 

Kasen : A Glimpse of Gain

       

a glimpse of gain
the glitter of a dewdrop
at daybreak

fa    

diamonds send lasers of light
out of investment offers

dp    

a thing said
misty moon at noonday
chill in its whiteness

fa    

no reply: the woodman
disappears among the rows

dp    

after preening
pheasant's ochres show
in its plumage

fa    

the wardrobe mistress fits
a yellow Easter bonnet

dp    

* * * *

     

she holds the sword
between both hands, as if
it were a petition

dp    

in the Strangers' Gallery
whispered, "I can't stay long."

fa    

a cautious note
slipped in the morning box
goes astray

dp    

baffled at being called
his Dark Lady

fa    

the cold moon
races from cloud to cloud
increasing doubt

dp    

in no hurry, slim talk
of New Year's resolutions

fa    

he's promised
to take on the allotment
and built a wall

dp    

a passer-by queries
the first graffito

fa    

looking for spring
she spots a white speck
under the hedge

dp    

beachcombing to beat
the pain of low spirit

fa    

foam scuds
from wavetop to wavetop
into surf

dp    

which of the four seasons
in Buddha's obese look?

fa    

* * * *

     

workday's over
at the vegans club, the cook
glad of his wife's cooking

fa    

comfort in jeans and slippers
a balmy summer night

dp    

a flare on the bluff
the first Sankt Hans fire
as light fades

dp    

fallen to the ground in June
ripe passion fruit

fa    

a potted myrtle
is her special favourite ...
didn't he know?

fa    

beyond the formal garden
a hollow in rough grass

dp    

in the finished sketch
Henry Moore reclines against
a Yorkshire landscape

fa    

pointing out with his pipe
highlights of the family tree

dp    

leaf smoke
in the far distance
rising wind

fa    

from shade to brilliance
footsteps on the frost

dp    

uncut weeds
in the disused graveyard
nearing harvest moon

fa    

all we see of the fox
is a tail sticking up

dp    

* * * *

     

feather in his cap
out with the boss's daughter
and her girl-friend

dp    

mask for Carnival arrives
on Shrove Tuesday at mealtime

fa    

the drawn face
of a penitent, clean
and turned again

dp    

water boils for tea
bird song for insomnia

fa    

out early
dew on blossom and grass
hesitating

dp    

a glider takes off
into the spring sky

fa    
     

Composed October - November 2007

Participants:
fa : Francis Attard - Malta
dp : Dick Pettit - Denmark

Related articles in this issue of Simply Haiku:
Commentary and Analysis: A Glimpse of Gain



 

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