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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

RENKU
 

New Shisan : October's Moon
Dedicated to the memory of William J. Higginson

       
Side 1
     
October's moon—
the clear light cast on stones
strewn here and there
     
soundless the sound
of willow leaves falling
     
from my stoop
a pint of skimmed
and one of Jersey too
     
Side 2
     
greedily her infant
suckles at her breast
     
we rehearse
Cleo and the asp
floating on the Nile
     
dam it all
10 billion megawatts!
     
Side 3
     
after the party
your smiles demure
behind a painted fan
     
her icy breath
portends the snow to come
     
soon the rhino...
does He grieve the undoing
of day five?
     
Side 4
     
all shadows disappearing
come high noon
     
a shallow plow
slowly up and down
the Connemara hills
     
sugared plum blossom
adorn our fairy cakes
     
     

Composed during northern autumn / southern spring 2007, by Norman Darlington (Ireland) and Moira Richards (South Africa). Verse selection consensual. Individual verses not attributed.

 

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