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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3
 

RENKU
 

Junicho : First Butterfly

       

bread bag
emptied for the cygnets—
blackberries

     

dark stains
trodden in the carpet

     

surrounded by land
so alien
she starts to weep

     

among the bric-a-brac
his mum's old cruet

     

all night
a barrage of leaves
against the pane

     

this drift of clouds
across this moon

     

so proud
of that clay elephant
he made in hospital

     

hands cold from touching snow
without our gloves

     

they send in
a male stripper
for her birthday bash

     

stalagmites and stalactites
glow inside the cave

     

petal by petal
softly from bough
to ground

     

the toddler points to it,
first butterfly

     
     

A solo renku by Diana Webb (UK)
Composed 21 August 2007

 

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