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Winter 2008, vol 6 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Triparshva : Tarried Road Workers

       
Side 1
     
tarried road workers
vacuum crunchy leaves —
this windy day
bat    
a wisp of wood smoke
trailing scents of summers passed
moi    
light sketches
of the poet's desk lamp
in charcoal
sprite    
with my painted face
I can go anywhere
bat    
pale clown of the night
do you think we can laugh
when it's that cold?
sprite    
turning cartwheels slowly
slow, rumble to a halt
moi    
Side 2
     
into the compost
a decade-nurtured plant
pulled as a weed
bat    
put that in your Rizla
and twist it!
moi    
24 years in a cellar!
well... yes... reality
stranger than fiction
sprite    
upturned rocks
an echidna´s night of ecstasy
bat    
diamonds for ever
but never marry in haste
or repent at leisure
sprite    
my god, what have we done?
Enola Gay's commander
moi    
her little boy lost
calls double zero seven
not triple O
bat    
a vast emptiness settles
across the harvested fields
sprite    
mellow chords
moonlight sonata
on the Broadwood
bat    
turning, a forest vying
with the sun’s setting
moi    
Side 3
     
ocean deep
the dreams of lost cities
rise in bubbles
sprite    
beauty's alarm clock
set for a solstice
moi    
green tea for two
her satin kimono
against my skin
bat    
the old queen reminisces
his salad days
moi    
she used to say
never to bring hawthorn
inside the house
sprite    
despite those clouds a song
blithe sprite of the spring
moi    
     

Participants:
bat : Barbara A Taylor (Australia)
moi : Moira Richards (South Africa)
sprite : Claire Chatelet (UK)

Composed via the internet, 15 April – 10 July 2008


 

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