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Summer 2009, vol 7 no 2
 

RENKU
 

Private View: Nijuin

 

winter gale—
a bald man running
after his hat                                    

Max Verhart    

snowed in for the night
they dance the tango

Vanessa Proctor    

the clear song
of a blackbird echoes
round the estate                            

Frank Williams    

on the pond today
not a ripple                                    

Paul Smith    

***

 

   

a bonfire of old vines
makes hazy
the harvest moon                           

VP    

the scarecrow guards
a row of bare poles                       

MV    

fatherís new jacket
borrowed secretively
for their first date                

PS    

he gets home late
wearing a strangerís scent   

FW    

on the kitchen wall
a water stained poster
of lavender fields   

MV    

plans for a housing estate
at the gypsy camp

VP    

***

 

   

for a moment
a hoverfly hovers
just before my eyes                      

FW    

in moonlight the ceiling
fan's gentle whirr                         

PS    

the chapel
where we married
now open to the sky                    

VP    

inside her locket a photo
and a tuft of his hair                    

MV    

at the antiques fair
the dealer says it all
with a nod and a wink                

PS    

stolen from the museum
a rare marble bust                       

FW    

 ***

 

   

private view,
the art critic praises
the wine                                   

MV    

a storm of soap bubbles
disappears on the wind             

VP    

overnight
most of the plum blossom
falls to the earth                        

FW    

slightly later this year
the swallows return                   

PS    
     

Participants:
 
Max Verhart (NL)
Vanessa Proctor (AU)
Frank Williams, Sabaki (GB)
Paul Smith (GB)

Composed via email
Started: 19 January 2009
Finished: 01 February 2009

Related items in this issue of Simply Haiku: A Renku Perspective, by Frank Williams.

 

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