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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

RENKU
 

Breaking the Stillness: Nijuin
 

street hedgerow…
peeking from the shade
an elderflower cluster
Frank Williams
taking a closer look
a blackbird zips off its nest
Paul Smith
Ian and family
arrive in Australia
to start a new life
fw
ALL ARE WELCOME: the sign
above the soup kitchen door
ps
****
party on the patio,
under moonlight they eat
strawberries and cream
fw
fireflies dancing
in the night air
ps
after the gig,
off the cuff he says,
"why not move in"
fw
Romeo and Juliet
two up on a Harley
ps
out of the tunnel
a train roars into
the countryside
fw
already dreaming
of his first Lions start
ps
****
by morning
the snowman's cap
is slightly askew
ps
I watch mice arrive
and leave our feeder
fw
the one that got away
gets bigger
with each telling
ps
under the cover of mist
the POW disappears
fw
hunter's moon
barely visible
beyond the spire
ps
yellow leaves hide
the graveyard's lawn
fw
****
breaking the stillness
the chug chug of a barge
heading north
fw
a long slow day
capped off with a pint
ps
looking ruffled
a ginger tom covered
in pink blossom
fw
cleaning done, he dances
with the feather duster
ps

 

Renju:
Frank Williams, England
Paul Smith, England

Conducted by email
Started: 18 June 2009
Finished: 02 July 2009

 

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