Betty Shropshire was unable to take on the task of choosing a verse this week. I’m sure you all join me in wishing better circumstances for Betty and all of her Texas neighbors. I have been filling in this week and here is my report.
I didn’t explain, last week, the nature of love verses, as I have in previous renku sessions. I’m going to talk about that subject now, as I recall some of the verses I found most appealing this week.
Love verses, in a renku, are about relations between adult human beings. I didn’t say so, however, and some of you presented interesting verses that may have been about children:
dot of the i
Nothing prevents a love verse from being humorous and it seems clear that many of you know this:
we share kardiamobile
on one iphone
Wendy C. Bialek
the bride whispers
what happened to all the ways
tv taught us to kiss
under the wrong
Love verses can, of course, be about physical sensations, lovers, or potential lovers:
moves the moon
downwind of the lilacs
from words to kisses
But they can also be about the absence of the loved one:
sitting on the bench
that bears her name
he feels her presence
And they can even suggest some degree of distance or estrangement:
fifty shades of
nothing could be further
from my mind
Michael Henry Lee
Love’s intimacy can be expressed through objects:
sharing a chest of drawers
the kettle whistles
handed down handed down
gradients of love
Jackie Maugh Robinson
Or an object can suggest a certain distance, perhaps a loving distance:
she buys him
an electric blanket
for cold nights
And love is ever complex. How many feelings might be involved in a moment like this:
she tells me
The verse I have selected also has varied and wildly contrasting potential emotional qualities. Let’s see how many different ways we can cap this:
because of love
I came here
Nani, please let me know if you are willing to make the next selection.
This week, you are invited to offer two-line capping verses.
Please enter your verses in the comments box, below. Nani or I will review them until midnight on Monday, March 1 (Eastern US time). On Thursday, March 4, there will be a posting in which Nani or I will comment on some of the capping verse suggestions and select one of them to be paired with Nani’s opening verse.
Looking forward to seeing your capping verses!
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