Greetings and welcome to The Haiku Foundation’s current Renku Session entitled, ‘Timber Smoke’. I am Marshall Hryciuk of Toronto, Canada and I will be leading this session through a 36-link kasen renku.
So we have our link for verse 7. It is:
on the bicycle bells
“Pollen” is a wonderful link to the previous verse’s “handprints and crumbs” as it could be the outline of these marks on the surface that has now in a figure/ground reversal become the subject of our renku’s motion.
The second line not only reinforces a positive ‘take’ on pollen -often viewed negatively by those of us with allergies – but is also a surprise: a human mediation which without plan, incidentally furthers a spontaneously spring activity of nature.
Normally, we can only sense pollen by scent when it is airborne but here it is stationary of itself but still in motion on the bicycle and visible. A signal of this spring, but a catalyst for many springs to come.
I wanted “bicycle bells” for the added complexity and the possible sonority as we leave the stately first 6 verses and move into the development and improvisational phase of our renku. The bells may be quiet or they may be ringing out a caution, but their sounds are a very welcome announcement that “Spring is here.” Further there is a secondary meaning, in that the bells being rung may actually cause some of the pollen to shift or ‘lift off’ of this happy device with its welcome sounds.
So, what we need now is 2 lines in the seasonality of spring without mention of flowers or blossoms
Timber Smoke (so far)
nothing dimmed yet
timber smoke scent
sifts into the house
one by one
I pick plums off of the ground
a file of cars
overtaking a tractor
on the mountain road
drawn out deer notes
echo in the coolness
than the clearing fog
handprints and crumbs
I would miss them
on the bicycle bells
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