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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
 

RENKU
 

Chased by Footprints
 

Going home
children chased by
                     their footprints
jr
                     every step
                     smells of earth
bw
barefoot
her sweat socks
                     still do
jr
                     swept into the air
                     dance floor dirt
bw
a halo
around the moon
                     tomorrow's storm
jr
                     ocean's down
                     pouring on mountains


                         * * * * *
bw
a feather bed
the muffled sound of rain
                     on duck backs
bw
                     tickling each other
                     lovers gasp and giggle
jr
rolling
down a grassy hill
                     a sneeze
bw
                     God bless you!
                     cries the atheist
jr
ahhhh
under the heavens
                     pissing together
bw
                     frogs in the pond
                     respond
jr
echo canyon
the silence
                     cracked by ice
bw
                     a touch of ocean waves
                     the morning moon melts
jr
submerged
in dark nights
                     dreams
bw
                     images whirl with light
                     lifting us from our heads
jr
lotus blossom opens
satori
                     in the old pond
bw
                     an owl hoots
                     a hole in the bridge


                         * * * * *
jr
high winds
memories
                     of a flight
jr
                     the bird's wing
                     wedge in the sky
bw
low flying clouds
pine mountain loosens
                     a day of rain
jr
                     immersed in a book
                     words swimming
bw
periwinkles
signing their names
                     in wet sand
jr
                     footprints linger
                     on an ebb-tide beach
bw
high on a cliff
party people
                     head for home
jr
                     an empty road
                     a hollow stomach
bw
over the hill
into a sky of clouds
                     several suns
jr
                     attached to kite string
                     one small boy
bw
tension mounts
the moon fills the bay
                     late with water
jr
                     caught in a cat's paws
                     a small stone


                         * * * * *
bw
what an airhead!
she thinks the wind
                     a lover
bw
                     old hunting dog
                     in heat again
jr
warm afternoon
the smell of skin
                     sun-glazed
bw
                     coppertone ad
                     peeling off the billboard
jr
wildflowers open
along the roadside
                     a gate
bw
                     by a wishing well
                     a bottomless bucket
jr

 
     

Particiants:
Jane Reichhold
Bambi Walker

Having a daughter who writes haiku home for a visit meant that we would also be doing renga together. To keep both of us busy, we started two renga simultaneously, and while caning some chairs, painting watercolours at the beach, and making soup and cornbread, were able to finish them together.

Jane Reichhold

Related item in this issue of Simply Haiku: "Introduction to Renga," by Jane Reichhold.

 

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