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Spring 2009, vol 7 no 1
 

RENKU
 

Triparshva : On Papery Wings

       
Side 1
     
river mist
only the masts of boats
in the half light
vp    
blowing the steam
off morning tea
as    
conditions fine
all that's left now
is the price
dp    
a rare penny black
would complete the set
fw    
on papery wings
a moth's brief life
under a golden moon
as    
the bookbinder hand sews
a codex's spine
vp    
Side 2
     
doctors warn
the delicate surgery
can be risky
fw    
a new face in the mirror
in time for the second act
dp    
the frozen lake
just perfect
for skating
vp    
another frosty day
and she's not here
as    
across the ballroom
her eyes connect
with an old beau
fw    
so much warmth simply
from brushing cheeks
dp    
from Baghdad to Basra
her letter safely
in his pocket
as    
a corn doll made from
the last harvest sheaf
vp    
out in the fields
the moon's radiance enfolds
an empty humming
dp    
blackberries cover
the uneven bomb site
fw    
Side 3
     
in the limestone caves
the rushing of water
from an unseen river
as    
they exit the cinema
into bright sunlight
vp    
three girls
sit on a low wall
around the churchyard
dp    
house martins daub mud
under the cottage's eaves
as    
at twilight
a film of white blossom
covers the pond
fw    
tutti* from the orchestra
through open windows
dp    
     

*tutti: an orchestral passage in which every member of the orchestra is playing at once.

Participants:
vp : Vanessa Proctor (Australia)
as : Andrew Shimield (England)
dp : Dick Pettit (Secretary - Denmark)
fw : Frank Williams (England)

Composed by email, 1 – 12 September 2008


 

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