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The Renku Sessions: Timber Smoke – Week 9

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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.

 

Here is our first ‘Current Event’ verse:

 

scattered spores
following a random trail
through landmines                                                                                          

 John Hawkhead 

 

“Spores” -as useful; they depend, as a parasite would, on organic material to maintain their meagre existence, so their continued absence in an area where they have been “scattered” could indicate the presence of ‘unnatural’, recently buried material below.

But also, as a metaphor for the kind of existence without any quality of life endured by an oppressed or invaded people in any place, at any time; but for our time, for these past 18 months, by the people of Ukraine.

And here it now seems that any remedial action against their oppressor must be made through the ‘dragons’ teeth’ of “landmines’. The surrounding words, “scattered,” “following” and “random” all serve to reinforce this feeling of helplessness.

The physical aspect of “spores” does ‘link-back’ to the “pollen” of verse 7, but in a converse relation in that with pollen there can be an anticipation of regeneration in the future whereas with spores there can be no specific anticipation. And for the people of Ukraine, no security of a future -without working through the landmines.

Thank-you very much, John

 

What we need now is 2 lines, and ‘Current Events’ again.

For verse 9, i received less explicit references to the world situation than i expected, but a renku really is a composition by its participants and i am very happy with how this one’s progressing. So keep responding as you have -we’re doing great -though we’d best not ‘back-link’ again

 

Happy linking
Marshall

 

 

 

Timber Smoke (so far)

 

nothing dimmed yet
timber smoke scent
sifts into the house

Marshall Hryciuk

 

one by one
I pick plums off of the ground

Alfred Booth

 

a file of cars
overtaking a tractor
on the mountain road

Keith Evetts

 

drawn out deer notes
echo in the coolness

Betty Shropshire

 

even paler
than the clearing fog
day moon

Mary White

 

handprints  and crumbs
I would miss them

Pamela Garry

 

giving pollen
a lift
on the bicycle bells

Laurie Greer

 

the tiffany blue
of 3 eggs in a nest

Eavonka Ettinger

 

scattered spores
following a random trail
through landmines

John Hawkhead

 

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This Post Has 154 Comments

    1. the first autocratic step
      seize the judiciary branch

      we the people must protect
      separation of powers

  1. decades of conflict
    an unprovoked war

    a thin line
    on the Gaza strip

    young lives vanish
    at a music venue

    humans are animals
    just look at Hamas

  2. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead
    ***

    school zone crossing
    an amber alert pops
    *
    amber alert
    another teen trapped
    *
    new middle class’ parkour
    in a grocery store near you
    *
    who knew AI
    also fluent in dead languages?
    *
    blockbusters
    a brief flash of pink
    *

  3. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead

    ……

    orphan children
    solemn in tents

    a prick
    bursts the party balloon

  4. each day predators
    lie to prey again

    each day predators hide
    in plain sight to eat again

  5. youtube decides
    your speech is not free

    how long before
    this forum is censored?

    the music festival
    wrecked by annihilation

  6. awareness of unity
    increasingly burning in the hearts of the people

    Nani Mariani – Australia

  7. fighting in their homeland…
    children dying in their homeland

    the seed takes time to root
    and is quickly uprooted

  8. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    John Hawkhead
    .
    tithing
    10% for the big guy
    .
    calling the big guy every day
    to discuss the weather
    .
    corn pop was a bad dude
    and other bedtime stories
    .
    a century of fighting for women’s rights
    yet today the celebrated women have penises

  9. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    *
    John Hawkhead
    *
    so many faults to find
    in this world of ours
    *
    the ancient faults
    never fixed for long
    *

  10. Steamboat Willy
    acquitted of all charges

    the latest series of
    alleged improprieties

    all simply balderdash
    and poppycock

  11. roots that remain
    when the sycamore’s felled

    radioactive waste
    kept in a dark tunnel

    a leader fiddles
    while his capital burns

    pink rabbit ears
    in the crater mud

  12. keep away the summer heat

    from cigarette butts

    Nani Mariani – Australia
    Oct 09, 2023

  13. death in the house will occur
    smoke blocks breathing

    Nani Mariani , Australia
    Oct 9, 2023

  14. the iron fist of stalin
    resurrected

    the nightingale sings
    under the rockets red glare

    1. I’m not sure if a bird back links to 3 eggs in a nest.

      mothers sing lullabies
      in the refuge of subways

  15. one world
    quaking to the core

    the little virus
    that couldn’t unite us
    the bully pulpits waging on

    between virus and war
    we count syllables

    the creation of inhumanity

    the golden rule
    were that it were ironclad

    Andromeda returning
    to air land and sea
    bombs away

  16. bang go all
    the prayers for peace

    drifters recognised
    only by cameras

    the panic when government
    says no need to worry

    maggots burst out
    of a camouflage jacket

    the price of bread
    sky high

  17. red glare of rockets heading
    toward southwestern territory
    .
    war expanding
    into widening territory,
    .
    proxy wars expanding
    worldwide

  18. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead
    .
    defense contractors
    make a killing on the market
    .
    no one forced at the point of a gun
    to take a vaccine
    .
    the best part about being a conspiracy theorist
    is not contracting myocarditis
    .
    Hansel and Gretel
    fill a prescription for Ozempic
    .
    a fun-house mirror purchased
    for the emperor’s new clothes

  19. and today the good news is
    ______…………………………………_____

    breaking news watching the news
    is bad for your health

    NASA discovers moon sized banjos
    orbiting Jupiter

    1. Dan Campbell
      October 8, 2023 at 8:22 am

      and today the good news is
      ______…………………………………_____

      dan: aha!

      your creative use of concrete
      finally hit me

  20. nothing has faded yet
    the aroma of wood smoke
    sifts into the house
    — Timber Smoke

    whether state officials
    not thinking about public health

    Nani Mariani – Australia
    Oct 8, 2023

  21. nothing has faded yet
    the aroma of wood smoke
    filter into the house

    Timber Smoke

    children cough
    parents nervous

    Nani Mariani – Australia
    Oct 08, 2023

  22. Timber Smoke (so far)

    nothing dimmed yet
    timber smoke scent
    sifts into the house

    Congratulation , dear Timber..
    ?

  23. The mystery of Billy Connolly’s missing banjo
    and the dolphin skull that simply vanished
    (An actual headline from Scotland’s Daily Mail)

    the headlines never change
    war, wildfires, wickedness and woe

    science update reviews
    silent screams coming from zoos

  24. scattered spores
    following a trail
    through land mines
    *
    court watchers call
    for a je recuse

  25. dawn rockets and kite strings
    over the sabbath skies

    strengthening the chain
    of his silver chai pendent

    may Israel and Ukraine
    share 36 blank checks

  26. scattered spores
    following a trail
    of land mines
    *
    too many birds getting smashed
    in Chicago
    *

  27. child’s Star of David
    breaks off its chain

    broken chai chain
    another trip to the jeweler

    jewelers are closed
    on the sabbath

    again i solder the chain
    links of my son’s chai

  28. Congratulations, John, in your verse.

    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    –John Hawkhead

    oligarchs taking over
    the world
    .
    still trying to rule
    by hook or by crook
    .
    trials in the court
    of public opinion

  29. war is the oil spill
    on the map of history

    worlds made helpless
    from law-resistant virus

  30. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    *
    John Hawkhead
    *
    joining the wild cats hitting
    the Rio Grande wall
    *
    all of us endangered
    along the Rio Grande
    *
    a giant step back
    on promises against walls
    *

  31. month of black butterfly moon
    making positive changes

    (celebrated by Cherokees during the month of September:)

    1. just remembered–back-linking again because of the moon theme some weeks ago:/

  32. no climate for change
    in the hot air of politics
    .

    weather the storm
    whether or not
    .

    metalmarks and coppers
    over the battlefield
    .

    mushroom clouds now tracked
    on the weather channel
    .

  33. *
    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead
    *
    only the homeless
    still accepting cash
    *

  34. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead
    **
    la vie en rose
    gone with these mass graves
    **

  35. gonna need a bigger gag
    for this gag order

    temperatures rising
    in and out of court

    running away
    with the Ryder Cup

  36. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead

    a younger queue
    at the Rolls Royce store

    Biden’s shepherd
    evicted from the White House

  37. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead

    tanks on time payment
    hidden in the apple orchard

    smoking ban
    due to public littering

  38. giraffe born in briggs zoo
    without any spots

    roots of forest trees
    extend to ailing saplings

    next year
    two companies will race against space-x to mars

    “brave new world”
    living in a fearless sci-fi script

    “sunny” butterfly
    courts in the andes mountains

    1. *oops… forgot about back-linking in reference to mountain in earlier poem by Keith.
      edit:

      “sunny” butterfly
      courts in peru

      …Oh well, scratch the edit and verse…a mountain by any other name is still a mountain:) lol

  39. Thank-you John for this poignant and beautifully written poem…may we never forget the tragedies of war. Thank-you Marshall for always choosing a wonderful verse for our amazing renku. Thank-you Poetry Community for all the funny, witty and lovely lines…a joy to read each day!

  40. could melting borders
    lead to world peace

    bankrupt banjo busker
    wins the lottery

    UFOs still searching
    for intelligent life on Earth

  41. Congratulations to John on his excellent verse being selected! Thank you, Marshall for keeping us on track.

    waiting for a booster
    covid mutates again

  42. Congrats John and thanks Marshall!

    building bridges is still
    better than building walls

    spiderwebs on the
    peace talks table

  43. stealing democracies
    one autocrat at a time

    technological evolution
    outpacing biologic evolution

    overconsumed renewables
    on edge of extinction

  44. *
    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead
    *
    fat bear week at last
    some light news
    *

  45. in a wheat field
    pulling out putin’s bulbs
    *************
    on their bellies
    pulling out putin’s bulbs
    *****************
    pulling out the roots
    of greed and hate
    ********************
    in a sunflower field
    pulling out putin’s bulbs

  46. 9
    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    10
    beyond the forest border
    undergrowth thicker still

    uncertain supplies & tactics
    we’re fighting a hydra

    fire bursts out again
    on hillsides round the world ‘

  47. Well done, John!

    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead

    *

    September song:
    Hotter than July

  48. scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead

    *
    the mindless stealing
    of beautiful innocents

  49. Great job, John! And Marshal, thanks for another thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary.
    *
    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines

    John Hawkhead
    *
    children’s gun deaths rising
    as we wait for the peace prize
    *

  50. glad that Marshall and John…have recognition for the pain and suffering of the peoples Ukraine included in this renku.

    Congratulations, John H.

    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead
    *
    carte blanch
    for a whole Ukraine

    *
    a blank check
    for a whole Ukraine

  51. Congratulations, John.

    scattered spores
    following a random trail
    through landmines
    —John Hawkhead

    we risk killing ourselves
    by degrees

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