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The Renku Sessions: Way of the Wind – Week 10

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I am John Stevenson and I will be your guide for a twenty-stanza, nijûin, renku.

Last week was especially busy for me, between working on The Heron’s Nest’s September issue selections, the publicity launch for my new book (from Brooks Books), the June dim sum session with my local haiku group and meeting with the poets in our H.S.A. mentor-ship group. In the meantime, you were churning out lively and multifaceted renku verses!

Here are a few that stood out for me:

 

the days I spent
stacking eggboxes
to pay for college

                        Keith Evetts

to be framed
and judged guilty
was just a nightmare

                        Betty Shropshire

it’s harder
getting work now
as an illustrated man

                        Michael Henry Lee

quantum leaps
down the black holes
of conspiracy theories

                        Liz Ann Winkler

another set of prints
helping police
with their enquiries

                        Tracy Davidson

his Janus face
worn only
for effect

                        Marietta McGregor

spiral slide hides
the surprise of someone
too scared to go down

                        Debbie Feller

mass vaccination
rolled out
across the country

                        Andrew Shimield

something extra
left in the bag
of bakery loaves

                        Ellen Compton

another test
to prove I’m not
a robot

                        Chris Patchel

back to the library
with the keys
o other worlds

                        Ellen Compton

there was
a free for all
in the toilet paper aisle

                        Pauline O’Carolan

wishing
upon the light
from dead stars

                        Dan Campbell

typos
in a book of poetry
badly printed

                        Margherita Petriccione

voting rights
painted
into a corner

                        Green Rhythm

the video
set to blur
on zoom

                        Liz Ann Winkler

dude
mistaking me for
his dear dead dad

                        Sandra St-Laurent

 

Here is a “found” verse, taken from a note the poet entered in the comments:

probably
sit this one out
and enjoy

                        princess k

 

And here are a couple that would have been finalists if we didn’t already have a verse from each of the poets:

empty
aquarium in the
waiting room

                        Dan Campbell

 

This carries a strong potential charge, though it depends upon whether we look upon this as a newly installed but not yet stocked aquarium or as a symptom of a failing business.

 

a pattern has grown
out of the page
and out of itself

                        Wendy C. Bialek

Going “vertical.” this verse links the visual art of Escher to the haiku art of Nick Virgilio!

 

Here is what I have selected as our ninth verse:

 

do you think
they discovered chaos theory
by chance

                        Keith Evetts

We haven’t yet had a verse involving direct address. We also haven’t had a verse that poses a question. This particular question, though exhibiting a tongue-in-cheek attitude, is capable of vigorous dispute. And, as we approach the mid-point, it suggests a question to us as a renku group. Where do we go from here? Is our renku nearly half-full or half-empty?

 

Here is what we have, so far:

 

Way of the Wind

 

green barley—
we follow the way
of the wind

                        Lorin Ford

 

kids playing pooh sticks
with plum blossoms

                        Linda Weir

 

the long day opens
with a chime of pots
on the kitchen island

                        Laurie Greer

 

a coin in the cap
of a street busker

                        Andrew Shimield

 

summer moon
low on the hips
of the horizon

                        princess k

 

mosquitoes know that my wife
has sweeter blood

                        Dan Campbell

 

still drawn to him
after all the bumps
along the line

                        Wendy C. Bialek

 

queuing up to enter
the Escher exhibit

                        Carol Judkins

 

do you think
they discovered chaos theory
by chance

                        Keith Evetts

 

Before getting back into seasonal verses, we have one more non-seasonal. And this one marks the actual midpoint of our renku. No kigo should be included and no images that have their own places in a renku – no moon, no love, no blossoms. But, otherwise, anything goes!

 

The requirements for verse ten will be as follows:

  • A two-line verse of fourteen syllables or less
  • With no seasonal image (no kigo)
  • Without a grammatical break
  • Linking in some way to verse nine (and in no obvious way to previous verses)

 

For this renku, we will be using this site (http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html) as the source for our season words and images. We should also check it when writing non-seasonal verses in order to be sure we have not used a kigo without intending to.

I will be reviewing your offers until midnight on Monday, July 5 (New York time). On Thursday, July 8 there will be a new post in which I will announce my selection of the tenth verse, comment on some of the other offers, and issue instructions for writing verse eleven.

I’m very pleased with what we have done, so far and I hope that you are, too.

John

 

 

 

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This Post Has 107 Comments

  1. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    Keith Evetts
    .
    all’s quiet
    in the bat cave and the lab

  2. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    Keith Evetts

    another million
    added to the Pollock

    more than one hand raised
    on the dealing floor

    another shift in
    the tectonic plates

  3. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    as the roux begins
    to thicken
    – Betty Shropshire

  4. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    the explanation is
    right in front of me

    7/05/2021 by wendy © bialek

  5. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    a serious rubber shortage
    laid this silly egg

    7/05/2021 by wendy © bialek

  6. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    mother of invention
    makes must-haves from mistakes

    7/05/2021 by wendy © bialek

  7. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    the badlands undisputedly
    rich with ore
    – Betty Shropshire

  8. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    *
    scattering photons
    seven seas

    Michelle Beyers
    Copyright © 7/5/21

    scattering photons
    blue sky

    Michelle Beyers
    Copyright © 7/5/21

  9. all theories all discoveries
    Nature’s law

    *****

    how much of struggle
    adjusting telescope
    ***
    all paper napkins
    easy to handle
    *****
    uneasy mood
    not exercising franchise

  10. *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    the magic spell repeated
    with scientific rigor
    *
    how magic lends itself
    to the scientific method
    *

  11. Congrats, Keith!

    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance Keith Evetts

    *

    deep into night stars
    cross into black holes

    Michelle Beyers
    Copyright © 7/5/21

    deep into black holes
    day turns into night

    Michelle Beyers
    Copyright © 7/5/21

    deep into black holes tomorrow crosses into yesterday

    Michelle Beyers
    Copyright © 7/5/21

  12. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    .
    computer simulations
    now replace the crystal ball
    .
    to scry or not to scry
    is still the question

  13. john congrats on your, “my red” book launching!
    the promotional trailer is magnificent! thank you for starting my fourth off with a resonating bang!!!!!!

    your haiku, though written from personal experiences and observations,
    i find to be easily relatable.

    thanks, pk for posting the youtube url for a tempting piece of john stevenson’s, “my red”
    …….’pie’.

  14. Thank you everyone for keeping the flow. Apologies for being away the last few rounds…
    Congrats, Keith and John!
    .
    adopting a calm pose
    to resolve disputes
    .
    we see what we want to see
    in strings or particles
    .
    all things equal
    in a unified field
    .
    pure consciousness
    the ultimate back up
    .

  15. I realize I’m in my slippers
    when I stumble on the street
    ***
    the miracle of a vegetable
    that I watered with care
    ***
    sweat is a cold shiver
    at the mountain crossroads
    ***
    the wonder
    for a long sought invitation

  16. *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    risking voting rights
    on a wrong decision
    *
    voting rights
    at risk again
    *

  17. to think a little seasoning
    goes such a long way

    a swirl of gutter litter
    from a passing truck

    1. … oops. Can’t have ‘think’ again. Please amend to:

      a little seasoning
      could go such a long way

  18. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    mould on a petri dish
    becomes penicillin
    *
    a shift of tectonic plates
    and the continents are formed

  19. aiming to hit
    the urinal during an earthquake
    *
    earthquakes should be named
    after my ex-girlfriends
    *
    tricycle bicycle Civic
    Mercedes wheelchair hearse
    *
    waving goodbye
    to a falling star

  20. not a skeptic
    everything is clear

    Nani Mariani
    ***

    do you think..
    Police are on vacation?

    Nani Mariani

  21. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance Keith Evetts
    *
    double sixes
    and I’m headed northwards

    *
    saved by serendipity
    at the check-out

    *
    years of instruction
    on crochets and minims

  22. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    jalopies break down
    at very awkward moments

  23. What’s one great thing about renku is that you can be sent off on all sorts of searches for knowledge. I can’t say I understand chaos theory any more than when I had no idea what it was! But thank you, Keith, for the verse.

    Verse 1:

    the police found him
    by his fingerprints

    Verse 2:

    miners dug for opal
    and found dinosaur fossils

    Verse 3:

    I must implement
    the magic of tidying

    Verse 4:

    few today
    on the poker machines

    Verse 5:

    smallpox vaccine
    led to disease eradication

  24. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    inner spirals of a nautilus
    are full of intrigue

  25. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    the web of life neatly
    in a few dot points

  26. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    watching a black hole
    swallow a neutron Star

  27. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    only antimatter knocking
    at the seminary door

  28. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    .
    Keith Evetts
    .
    to a little bit of luck
    add a dash of flare

  29. Thanks for the heads-up, John. well, if there’s a coin already, we’ll just have to shoot some craps 😉
    *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance Keith Evetts
    *
    to come to a verdict
    the judge rolls the dice

  30. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    tired mothers everywhere
    picking up after
    – Betty Shropshire

  31. moonshine still
    submerged in a flooded creek
    *
    black hole sipping
    on a spiral galaxy
    *
    dark matter sculpting
    the shape of a galaxy
    *
    tonight my favorite
    star is missing
    *
    only drunk uncles
    can follow the flights of butterflies

  32. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    maybe yes maybe no
    but the top topic on every dining table

    Nani Mariani

  33. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    even the animals in the zoo
    feel the consequences

    Nani Mariani

  34. Congratulations Keith

    at the sculpture park
    mammal with no feet and fingers

    before me one man’s take
    on landscape reconstruction

    adding a handprint
    to the bronze void

    the guide gives me there take
    on the sculptor’s mind

  35. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    .
    ScoMo reshuffles
    the vaccination plans
    .
    ( what with “chaos” and “chance”, I couldn’t resist. )

  36. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    officially rebranding UFOs
    as UAPs

  37. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    from an unknown tweeter
    coup and bomb and covid

    – Milan Rajkumar

  38. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    winning Pascal’s wager
    with chapter and multiverse

    *
    or even just this:
    *
    citing chapter
    and multiverse
    *

  39. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    she blows me butterflies
    in a snatched kiss

    (in case the first person breaks the flow)

  40. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    you blow me butterflies
    in a snatched kiss

  41. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    Keith Evetts

    the crop circle we made
    from discarded clothes

  42. the big bang
    from his Chevy 69
    *
    he gambles
    on one more scratchcard
    *
    one last roll of the dice
    in the IVF clinic
    *
    somehow the odds
    are never in my favour
    *
    he loses himself
    in the wrong crowd again

  43. Congrats Keith! Now to contemplate the karma of chaos. And thank-you John, for making something of my nothingburger (and thanks to Betty for teaching me a new word).

    Also, congratulations to John on your new book. Please take a moment to appreciate our sabaki reading selected haiku from his new collection ‘My Red’ : https://youtu.be/FkgX2o2zzZ0

    1. princess k,

      Thank you for mentioning this. I’m excited about the book and loving the experience of having, for the first time, a promotional trailer to go with it.

  44. a scientist-come-poet
    explains the cosmos to me

    All true — Keith and I had this conversation yesterday over on the Advanced Mentoring Forum! 🙂

    Seriously though, Keith, well done on your selection.

    marion

    1. Congrats Keith! And sorry to hear about your hedge trimmers! So happy to read about all the good things going on in your life, John! Thank you for including one of mine in your considerations.

      escorted discretely away
      from the black jack table

    2. Chuckle. I got it wrong, I seem to recall. I have a poem coming out in the Oxford Magazine later this year which explains time: “Eliot’s Fifth. ”

      What a lively group this is – and John’s hand on the reins. Loving many of this week’s offerings already.

      1. ” I have a poem coming out in the Oxford Magazine later this year which explains time: “Eliot’s Fifth. ” – Keith
        That sounds interesting. (Of course T.S. was much concerned with time.) I’ve sometimes wondered what might’ve come out of a collaboration between him and Stephen Hawking.

        1. Lorin: I think Hawking might have been baffled.
          It’s not this bagatelle, but much longer:

          big bang theory
          highly explosive
          and yet
          ignored completely
          in Eliot’s quartets
          perhaps
          he didn’t like
          those physics chaps
          or could it be
          – a theory of mine –
          he didn’t have
          the time


          The big bang theory might have come after the Four Quartets; but the second law of thermodynamics predates them, yet Eliot ignores its likely effect on time…

  45. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    confident my toolbox
    will stay tidy now

    1. Inspired by your verse, and also true. It was on my mind while in the tool shed…
      .
      resolved to buy a toolbox
      for all my husband’s stray tools
      .

  46. I love the astute linking, Lorin, and the neat (and apposite) way you have avoided the forbidden ‘falcon’ and turned into what for Yeats it was – a symbol.

    1. Thank you, Keith! I’m chuffed indeed. that you think so! Yes, in ‘The Second Coming’ the falcon is intended as a symbol. Thank goodness the falcon isn’t the only thing with feathers. 🙂

    2. ” Thank goodness the falcon isn’t the only thing with feathers.” – Lorin

      “Ah yes, the lure…. Wizard.” – Keith

      I had in mind ‘Hope’, as in a poem by Emily Dickinson. – Lorin

      1. “‘Hope’, as in a poem by Emily Dickinson. – Lorin”
        …… Ah, the ‘gyre,’ and chaos —> anarchy fixated me on Yeats, but you have another layer in L2.
        Two of my favourite poets.

  47. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
                            Keith Evetts

    drawing the last door prize
    at the chess tournament

    the atheist calculates
    low odds on existence

    the AI nerd secretly scans
    his daily horoscope

    images of atoms
    painted on tarot cards

    Thank you for pausing on two of mine, John, and congratulations Keith. I love the wit and possibilities.

    1. and/or if ‘pockets’ are too close to garments/clothing as in ‘cap’
      then:

      do you think
      they discovered chaos theory
      by chance

      Keith Evetts

      pick the piles of debris
      or the psychic minds

      7/01/2021 by wendy © bialek

  48. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    .
    a symbol with feathers
    in the widening gyre

  49. Congratulations, Keith. 🙂 The answer is yes, or perhaps no or maybe and I suspect there might be a cat involved.

    (and John, it seems your week was full of life and not at all boring . . . nice going!)

  50. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    the dish added to
    a juggling act

    7/01/2021 by wendy © bialek

    minus one plate
    in the juggler’s act

    7/01/2021 by wendy © bialek

    1. i was hasty…..the jugglers are too close to ‘street busker’ in andrew shimield’s verse.
      so john, please nix these two.

  51. I enjoyed your verse Keith and congrats on your new book, My Red, John!
    *
    charting the pattens
    in a buffalo stampede

  52. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    .
    Keith Evetts
    .
    the view of Transylvania
    from eagleback

  53. first….bravo to john…..how cool, to find and include a “found” verse in your travels!
    you have picked and commented on offers with sensitivity and acute accuracy!
    thank you for seeing mine.

    and to keith…..i love what you bring to the group ad to renku.

    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

  54. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    three-martini lunches
    with old pals from sigma nu
    – Betty Shropshire

  55. Congratulations, Keith–this was on my favorites list from the start. Sharp and clever! And John, thanks for ALL you do, and congratulations on your new book! Very exciting.
    *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts
    *
    citing rhyme and reason
    for every move
    *
    the visceral reaction
    certain terms inspire
    *

  56. agree with Maxine’s comments completely
    *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance Keith Evetts
    *
    the gardener decides
    only volunteers will survive
    *

    1. or more succinctly:

      do you think
      they discovered chaos theory
      by chance
      *
      the gardener where
      volunteers thrive
      *

      1. do you think
        they discovered chaos theory
        by chance
        *
        the gardener whose
        volunteers thrive
        *

  57. in that universe parallel
    everything seems possible to me

    + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + ++

    waking up from a bad dream
    I realized it was true

  58. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    Keith Evetts
    .
    all the galaxies reduced
    to fractals
    .
    he pixel-peeps his photos
    into fractals
    .
    his photographs become
    a million points of light

  59. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    without warning
    my hedgetrimmer gives up the ghost

    (this is true and in real time – the motor has just burned out, with a third of the hedge to go)

  60. Thank you, John – an honour. There were so many crackin’ contributions! I’m happy that the question, while a serious matter of philosophy, has also brought a tinge of humour in the renga tradition. And now…

    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance

    Keith Evetts

    roller-skating with two trays
    the waitress keeps her balance

    footage of kids’ infectious laughter
    goes viral

    a twist of the kaleidoscope
    to renew my life

  61. do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance
    – Keith Evetts

    prayer flags while still
    in the wilderness
    – Betty Shropshire

  62. congrats to Keith!
    and John, your ability to deftly handle so much is astounding .. thank you for making time for the renku as well ☺
    and while I have this verse in mind:
    *
    do you think
    they discovered chaos theory
    by chance Keith Evetts
    *
    to come to a verdict
    the judge tosses a coin

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