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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Shisan : The Piñon's Tears

       
Side 1
     
in the garden
sun covers the grapevine
- empty glass
vj    
drinking iced tea
we plan our journey
mk    
on the train south
two strangers pass
with only a nod
bor    
Side 2
     
the ticket stub ensures
entrance to the Christmas dance
vj    
stolen glimpses
send arrows to the hearts
touching in the dark
ea    
no reason for talking
only signatures needed
nh    
Side 3
     
moonlit whispers
circling a bonfire
as the coven prays
bm    
Canada geese slip past
while warm cranberries cool
dh    
this red pebble
is not yet ready
to join my collection
mos    
Side 4
     
high on the mountain
gathering the piñon’s tears*
kr    
a gnarled coat stand
cradles the soft
orange blossoms
fk    
gentle spring rain washes
this final place of rest
nh    
     

*A piñon (or pinyon) is a type of pine tree that grows in the southwestern US and in Mexico. The “tears” refer to its fragrant resin, which is collected and burned as incense. The trees also yield edible piñon nuts, which used to be a staple of the Native Americans, and are still widely eaten.

Participants:
vj : Virginia Jennings (USA)
mk : Marion Kerrigan (Ireland)
bor : Bernie O'Reilly (Ireland)
ea : Effie Araouzou (Cyprus)
nh : Nora Hussey (Ireland/USA)
bm : Beatrice Mondare (USA)
dh : Dorothy Heiderscheit (USA)
mos : Maeve O'Sullivan (Ireland) - sabaki
kr : Kim Richardson (UK)
fk : Frances Kelleher (Ireland)

This renku was written on 18 July 2008 as part of “Writing from Within: Haiku and the Spiritual Path”, a weeklong residential workshop at the Anam Chara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat on the Beara peninsula in the southwest of Ireland.


 

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