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The Renku Sessions: New Session Coming

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Marshall Hryciuk will kick off the new session next week with a hokku. Thank you to those who have been passing the word!

 

This week I am sharing a renku I led at Haiku North America in Cincinnati. This was a fun group, with full participation.

 

Traces of Salt

A Twelve Tone Renku
Haiku North America 2023

 

fresh lemonade
traces of salt                             Allyson Whipple
at the edge of my tongue

 

the laughter
of neighborhood children          Nicky Gutierrez

 

mourning doves
fill the branches                        Agnes Eva Savich
of an oak

 

unpicked pumpkins
still on the vine                         Michael Dylan Welch

 

we turn to see
the yellowing moon                   Garry Gay
on the horizon

 

my phone falls
from the selfie stick                   Michael

 

she passes me
her number                               Nicky
on a stained bar napkin

 

snowed in
he builds up the fire                  Allyson

 

email from my daughter
saying she passed                      Michael
her driving test

 

“c’est la vie”
says my therapist                      Agnes

 

bringing home
a few cherry blossoms               Garry
on my shoes

 

the colt finds his feet
with a soft whinny                    all

 

 

I am looking forward to seeing your new work, here at The Haiku Foundation!

John Stevenson

 

 

 

 

 

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. very nice, John, thanks for sharing. enjoyed it a lot. a shisan format, if i’m not mistaken. must have been fun composing it in person. a bit heavy on the communication side (vs 6,7,9,10) but it’s kind of understandable 🙂

    1. Yes. There are definite flaws. But renku is not about perfection. It’s about the pleasure of writing with others. If we were writing for a competition, I would have suggested changes. But we were writing for pleasure and that mission was accomplished. Glad you enjoyed it, Polona. It has always been a pleasure to write renku with you!

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