[blank renku] Ambiguity

in response to Sonnet, by Helen Valentina

Emoji notwithstanding, come my words
and take the sin that you have spoke in long
and winding verse, so much more naught than thing.

word in picture framed
simple thought inelegant
ambiguity

Come and take my hand and walk this narrow way
that frames ideas in solid beating phrase,
and speak you not a single word to me 
until this path for miles we have trod,
until this thirst, these aching thighs have etched 
their own path through the mind, so flows there not
a single thought save for the well deserved 
rest.

speeding ball in flight
stinging slap of leather caught
spinning back to you

a blank renku [1] by Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/10/25


[1] blank renku – a form of linked verse, written by one or multiple authors in alternating collaboration. Blank renku differs from renku in that stanzas alternate between haiku form, and blank verse. The shortest blank verse stanza would be a couplet. The longest would fill a Post It note, the original (fictional) medium of blank renku, as invented for The Blank Verse Mystery. Variations are expected.

Blank renku can be played as a game, in the original spirit of renku. It merges poetry from East and West. Writers can choose to write in their stronger form or in their weaker one, and in this way it is similar to the game of THUD.

[blank renku] Pentameter Iambic

Pentameter Iambic is the beating 
heart of English verse. The history 
of our poetic mind has flowed to us 
between its banks, and through our very veins 
does course its warm and tannic blood.

rhythmic numbers flow 
no prose could work this magic
lost in paradise

No verse so fair and true before nor since
has echoed through the ages gone, nor ours,
nor those as yet unborn, of thee we sing.

music on night's breeze
fingers strike the beating strings
voice caressing soul

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/10/21


blank renku – a form of linked verse, written by one or multiple authors in alternating collaboration. Blank renku differs from renku in that stanzas alternate between haiku form, and blank verse. The shortest blank verse stanza would be a couplet. The longest would fill a Post It note, the original (fictional) medium of blank renku, as invented for The Blank Verse Mystery. Variations are expected.

Blank renku can be played as a game, in the original spirit of renku. It merges poetry from East and West. Writers can choose to write in their stronger form or in their weaker one, and in this way it is similar to the game of THUD.

Process Guys

The guys who track the progress of our work
forgotten or extraneous are not.
Confusion reigns without their careful notes
in color coded spreadsheets daily new.
The endless meetings they endure, discussing
details, sorting wheat from dusty chaff,
requirements from merely wishful thought.

The Process Guy. The guy we once were taught
to do without, but now with certainty 
would rather not. Especially the one
who does his job so well that we forget
how tedious our tasks had been before,
or just how troublesome our lives become
under the guy who does his Process Stuff
with far less skill, for trust me,
troublesome is far too sweet a word.

Paul Guernsey Player © 2018/10/17

Wedding Card

Our son to wed his bride-to-be this day.
As he and his best man now iron shirts
inside our hotel room, I write their card.
As Father of the Groom, it is within 
my role to shed a tear or two, but now
I don't believe that I will have that need,
for looking back upon the days that led
up to this day, and those to come, I see
a calm and steady confidence to cure
my fears and quench the cresting waves of grief
whose troughs of sadness stand no chance against
the bulwark of esteem in which I hold 
the man I know my son to be, and for 
his lovely wife, my daughter number two, 
who brings me joy not only in the joy 
she brings to him, but also for the joy
she is to have around. So, thanks, you two,
for being who you are and shining oh, 
so brightly. Shine until the darkness knows
thy name.

 

Paul Guernsey Player, copyright © 2018/10/06