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Autumn 2008, vol 6 no 3
 

RENKU
 

Triparshva : A Sudden Thaw

       

sudden thaw...
and the snowman's eyes
turn back to stones

fw    

black ice covers
the entire road

dk    

his camera obscura
projects the whole town
on the loft wall

fw    

the fence too low
to keep the goat out

dk    

from a cruise ship
I watch the hay moon
traverse the waves

fw    

days of cross-currents
in the snorkel diver’s log

dk    

* * * *

 
     

detectives
working undercover
find the hostage

dk    

wild daffodils edge
the avenue of trees

fw    

even before
the Easter egg hunt
an overwhelming sky

dk    

squeals from the train
as it enters a tunnel

fw    

my breath
on his letter flutters
the gouache hearts

dk    

just the family witness
our exchange of vows

fw    

your medallion
the only thing I have left
with its broken clasp

dk    

through swirling mist
the creak of an old gate

fw    

so deceivingly close
the harvest moon
in a clear sky

dk    

frantically the squirrel
starts collecting nuts

fw    

* * * *

 
     

up for auction
a duke’s flawless ruby
with ancient curse

fw    

a new patron
tastes the local mead

dk    

once again
the old lush ends up
in the drunk tank

fw    

baby sleeps through Star Trek,
the Next Generation

dk    

at the town fair
our May Queen wears
a crown of blossoms

fw    

wind puffs up a tent
with the scent of lilac

dk    
     

Participants:
fw : Frank Williams (England)
dk : Doreen King (England)

Composed by snail mail 22 February to 29 June 2008

 

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