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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Kasen : Bamboo Greeting
In memory of Earl Miner

       
Side 1
     
Alone with my thoughts
when the wind came to call
bamboo bowed in greeting
pn    
this snow isn’t just falling
it’s shorling out of the ground
ms    
magical lake trout
crystal clear at 30 feet
tail slap your bait
mo    
“son, don’t fight over women –
let women fight over you”
ka    
“There’s a moon out tonight”
head warped in old doo-wop hit
stumbling up the stairs
ms    
flock of dots on far wires
I wish I could read music
pn    
Side 2
     
going deaf she glances down
her gate swings a friend leaves
tired of knocking
ka    
mocked noise a feather landing
match strikes a different chord
mo    
St Paddy's day dawns
isles of mist cling festively
to the bright green trees
pn    
senior citizen discount
getting carded makes my day
ms    
earphones on joggers
can’t hear the spring birds singing
redemption songs
mo    
so one foot in front of one foot
in front of one front foot
ka    
I hear it a lot
”money isn’t everything”
—mostly, them that’s got
ma    
moon through clouds sheer hosiery
blazing moon too bright to pine
mo    
so the plain truth comes easy—
that I have no love to hide—
you have mine
ka    
left behind on garbage day
shreds of his letter to her
pn    
O wisteria
wild iris in the rocks
look I’ve dressed up too!
mo    
suddenly even the
ugly people are beautiful
ms    
Side 3
     
ducks in flight auger
through the heavy morning gray
spelling certain gloom
pn    
I LIKE BO POTOTOS she wrote
backwards on the wet bus windows
ka    
summer winding down
gray scud swift from the Nor’east
birds getting nervous
ms    
restless night tired as I am
still I chase a deeper sleep
pn    
“a thing of no learning”
one or two pine cones
brighten perfume the fire
ka    
autumn’s urban cicadas rasp
summer’s over on city streets
mo    
bumper to bumper
living west of the commute
steer by visor’s edge
pn    
George Morrison’s holy horizon
—the brightest of lines
ms    
U.S. president fails
at every appointed task
—gets re-elected
mo    
it’s only for a big laugh
donkey room human room
ka    
“next full moon – if you like
bring your zither and come
drink with me again”
ms    
at the Palace Bar and Grill
you me and Joan Baez too
pn    
Side 4
     
ghosted up & down
the town alone thinking how
we were together
ka    
thumbing through the early zines
gala’s past can break your heart
mo    
Johnny V. was right—
“when you’re old, seasons mean more”
—mid-winter’s melt down
ma    
Baubles, Bangles and Doodles
leave it to diva Oh My!
mo    
she’s tucked into a leaf
next to an apricot bud—
a ladybug
ka    
sweeping at shadows my hair
getting whiter and whiter
pn    
     

Composed by The Miner School of Haikai Poets:
ka : Keith Kumasen Abbott
mo : Maureen Owen
pn : Pat Nolan
ms : Michael Sowl

6 January 2004 – 3 March 2005

Related articles in this issue of Simply Haiku:
Bamboo Greeting (annotated version)
The Miner School of Haikai Poets – History and Biographies


 

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