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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3
 

RENKU
 

A Cup of Steam
 


frosty morning --
a cockpheasant splashes
colour on the lawn
nd
icy fingers
grasp a cup of steam
hj
one sob story later
the dishcloths
I didn't really want
sw
the radio drifts
just a bit off station
jec
across the vale
a tractor marks its path
through moonlight
nd
glimmering in the deep
early herring

-------
hj
a diamond tongue stud
slips between lips
cauldron black as blood
sw
oh for those kebabs
and sweet chilli sauce
jec
raw sewage
from a broken pipe
seeps into the canal
nd
an empty room
the rusty clock stands still
hj
last day of summer term
their bicycles wait
side by side
sw
but soft! what light
through yonder window breaks?
Shakespeare
like a shattered pane
this love now sundered
and forsaken
nd
frantically the squirrel
grabs another nut
jec
the bald devil
drunk and laughing
under the full moon
hj
the garden blooms
spent fireworks and dew

-------
sw
Magister Basho
goes running round
his barren moor
jec
a byte or two of data
left hanging in the air
nd
a stone loosens
and everything comes down
with a roar
hj
no more snowmen...
the slowly warming earth
sw
home at night
my mind still full
of cherry blossom
hj
right here in the jar
with the tadpoles
jec

 
     

First published in Sweden in 2008 by the Swedish Haiku Society in their print journal, Haiku nr 14.

Composed via email during November and December 2007 by:

Norman Darlington, Ireland
Herbert Jonsson, Sweden
Sheila Windsor, England
John Carley, England (poem leader/sabaki)

Related item in this issue of Simply Haiku: "Tomegaki: A Cup of Steam" by John Carley.

 

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