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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Dark Path: Kasen
 

low moon
along the dark path
yellow beech leaves
dp
forlorn figures
geese in chorus
fa
dancers leap
darting across the stage
on open day
dp
three illegal immigrants
join the archery club
fa
our pews are full
of occasional conformists
at Easter
dp
ties show team's colours
for the March reunion
fa
* * * * *
windswept plumage
& one flight feather picked
off a thistle
fa
a Scotsman - really Irish
but don't tell him
dp
no one in court
will claim the graceful cough
is in contempt
fa
a bag of winter mixture
circulates under the table
dp
two hunting dogs
fall fast asleep
beagle & hound
fa
carelessly folded together
with seraphic smiles
dp
Cyrano's love
with no promise
sows mistrust
fa
only single beds
for the honeymoon couple
dp
on the field gate
sloughed snake skin
stops passers-by
fa
along one side of the ditch
and through a hole in the hedge
dp
in great expectation
of the bush warbler
moonset
fa
our soprano arrives
on the 12.15 train
dp
* * * *
presents from Austria:
perfume from Schonbrunn,
chocolates by Mozart
dp
in the Schatzkammer *
the familiar, kindly faces
fa
clearing the drifts
hearty greetings cross
the village street
dp
frost on vagrant's sleeves
wartime coat from thrift shop
fa
a piece of driftwood
trimmed and varnished
I call it Nautilus
dp
fivefold awakening
starfish clear & cold
fa
in the brilliance
of a May morning, I saw
the whole creation
dp
couple in the country chapel
kiss having said I do, I do
fa
a boy shouts
girls in the Saturday market
giggle at wedding bells
dp
armfuls of wild flowers
for first date
fa
in the olive grove
each leaf and furrow clear
in tonight's moon
dp
so much of it all along
unnoticed in sunshine
fa
* * * * *
woodpecker
brings its needs
to the old tree
fa
that's it! a new reading
of the Da Vinci Code
dp
in a voice
of indifference
play it again, Sam
fa
"such a dull and surly manner **
denies the resurrection"
dp
blue
dyes
the forget-me-not
fa
a sudden shower splashes
colours in the grass
dp

 

* Secular Treasure Room of the Austrian National Museum where the treasure is not gold and jewels, but the homely faces of people.

** The verse is not an ex cathedra statement by the renga, but is the observation of a certain type of Christian who believes that all actions are redemptive, and to behave negatively is to deny the possibility of turning evil to good. It is 'in persona' statement; a renga is in part a play for voices.

Dick Pettit (Denmark)
Francis Attard (Malta)
Via e-mail.
 

Related item in this issue of Simply Haiku: "Dark Path: Commentary" ~ Francis Attard.

 

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