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A Hundred Gourds 3:3 June 2014

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A Cat’s Footprints

spring mud—
a cat's footprints
on the hood

Taro

shadow of a crocus
on the doorstep

Donna

butter melts
in the cast iron pan,
hotcakes sizzle

Kris

***


she also brings coffee
with cream and sugar

William

with a whisper
tan lines disappear
in the grass

Donna

a contrail fades to blue
over a nameless ocean

William

***


the full moon
in the sake overflow
on the table

Dennis

coyote cries echo
from Metacomet's mountain

Donna

children giggle
through the ghost story's
twists and turns

Dennis

***


counting the winnings
forgetting his age

William

the Jizo's smiles
seem to grow under
their snowy straw hats

Kris

a salt sea breeze
at the kitchen window

Dennis


A Shisan renku composed on Skype, March 19, 2014

Donna Fleischer, USA
Dennis Chibi Holmes, USA
Taro Kunugi, Japan
Kris Moon, sabaki, Japan
William Sorlien, USA



Tomegaki:

Earlier this year Taro Kunugi, the leader of the Renku Cafe "Under the Cherry Blossoms" group on Facebook, asked me to lead a shisan with William, Chibi and Donna.

Since I prefer to do renku in person, in real time, we asked Chibi to help us with a Skype session. We all submitted a hokku, but, as sabaki, I wanted to honor Taro, so offered a haiku he had written recently. We all agreed that it would be fun to follow. Our energy was high as everyone was trying to submit a verse for each line. We were in sync as a group and it was delightful to write together. We hope to be creating renku together often.

Metacomet: (ca. 1639 – August 12, 1676), also known as King Philip or Metacom, or occasionally Pometacom, was a war chief or sachem of the Wampanoag Indians in the New England region of the USA.


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