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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

RENKU
 

Junicho : Shadows and the Moon

       
Cool in the morning
A few leaves are still clinging
To a few branches
     
Is it Monday or Tuesday?
Days of retirement blend
     
Dry snowflakes falling,
Like white dust on the dry ground,
Scatter in the wind
     
As a stranger's car drives by
Exceeding the speed limit
     
While clucking her tongue
She disapproves of the way
Children act today
     
Opinions fill cyberspace
There's no time for calm or grace
     
A few grains of sand
Shifting at the river's edge
Ripple the surface
     
Sharp rays of intense sunlight
Sweat descends into the eyes
     
As she adds water
To her small garden fountain
In her small front yard
     
The shadow of her lover
Moving through the moonlit haze
     
Briefly the wind holds
The scent of apple blossoms,
The sound of an owl
     
"I knew you'd be here tonight."
Wave upon wave of silence
     
     

A solo Junicho by Jim Wilson

Related items in this issue of Simply Haiku: "The Art of the Solo Renga," by Jim Wilson


 

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