Refrigerator Magnets 028 Seascape

The graceful lines of fluid-dynamic living beings and the media in which they live and breathe and move.
The graceful lines of fluid-dynamic lives;
The media in which they live and breathe;
The movements of their very bodies soar
and glide; So very little effort spent;

how does flying feel
machines do not impart it
only in our dreams
[blank renku] Paul Guernsey © 2020

[blank renku] My Song

My song is hopeful for the notes to come.
An optimist at heart whose rhythmic beats
Subside as waves retreat to clear the beach
For those that follow next on next to come.

tonal melody
enchanted trance of progress
never ending song

The patterns of my soul, myself, I sing.
Unheard, unknown until the string is struck,
A fearless measured stream impulsed from depths
Within me and without me, too, I feel
I listen just as much as sing and play.

Paul Guernsey, © 2020

Blank Renku

Haibun Monday 4/27/20: A Portrait of Two Masters

[blank renku] promises

 at the end of day;
the unexpected happens; 
promises not kept;

Developer with good intentions writes.
He codes until the end of day, or more,
and wanting more than just to do his job,
he promises to get things done for you.

Paul Guernsey, © 2019


[1blank 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.[2]

[2THUD –  [see also Terry Pratchett’s 34th Discworld novel Thud!] “Thud is a strategic [board] game based on the ancient struggle between Dwarf and Troll…Players take turns to play the fast moving Dwarfs as they attempt to trap Trolls in a carefully constructed ambush, then take the part of the fearless Trolls who lumber slowly yet powerfully around the board. You can learn to play in a matter of minutes, and no two games are ever the same.” – discworldemporium.com



[blank renku] tropic evening fall

tropic evening fall
full moon wastes the dark of night
distant planets call

the osprey cries to rip the night from day
as dark flesh from the white of bone is torn

warping fiber mists
illoominated vapors
color fabric sky

The giants wander through the distant stars.
Tall Jupiter and Saturn cast the rays
of sunshine; discus gaseous clouds reflect
to Earth as surely as the bronze was cast
in fires fanned by desert winds and thrown
into the failing light, our Sun enblazed.

blank renku [1] by Paul Guernsey @pgPlayer © 2019


[1blank 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.[2]

[2THUD –  [see also Terry Pratchett’s 34th Discworld novel Thud!] “Thud is a strategic [board] game based on the ancient struggle between Dwarf and Troll…Players take turns to play the fast moving Dwarfs as they attempt to trap Trolls in a carefully constructed ambush, then take the part of the fearless Trolls who lumber slowly yet powerfully around the board. You can learn to play in a matter of minutes, and no two games are ever the same.” – discworldemporium.com

[blank renku] I Beauty See

I beauty see, with goosebumps forming words; 
with tears, constricting throat, I must transcribe;
no choice but to write down the sounds that come
as summoned thoughts into my silent mind.

solitude observed
first the poet hears his verse
confront the universe

as walking through a field I hum my song
enlisting others' songs harmonious,
for this is what the poet does: create,
reflect, in sympathy vibrate. Destroy.

Paul Guernsey, © 2019/10/27


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 Terry Pratchett’s game of THUD.

A Football Shoe Tossing

How the white football cleats arrived hanging from the overhead cable at Clearwater’s Philip Jones Park in the North Greenwood neighborhood is no great mystery, but why, and by whom? A few possibilities:

  • Bullies;
  • In celebration at the end of a successful season;
  • In commemoration of their use by a player who had outgrown them and is finally getting that new pair;
  • Pranksters (see Bullies);

in my neighborhood
sports shoes dangle from wire
how many tosses?
In darkness or in light of day he flung
and flung again until the cleated shoes,
enjoined by laces over wire hung,
a myriad of reasons why to choose.

And not just any pair of shoes are these
ensaddened white designer football cleats,
that flew beneath a player's nimble knees
how many touchdown runs, or sprint repeats?

A perfect step into the dewy grass,
uniting fingers with the spinning ball,
but whose feet wear white cleats beneath the pass,
the one who runs, or he who slipping falls?

What dreams now hang and sway from copper wire,
What dreams fulfilled, or burned in funeral pyre?

A Blank Renku [1] [2], by Paul Guernsey, © 2019


[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 Terry Pratchett’s game of THUD.

[2] As noted in the definition of Blank Renku, variations are expected. In this case, in “A Football Shoe Tossing,” the author has chosen to extend blank verse into a formal Shakespearean sonnet. Might require a bigger Post It.

Refrigerator Magnets 015 Range Time

5 mm Bucky Balls at 2 m


ears plugged and covered
muffled pops of cannon shots
ready to defend

of patriots with hearts of steel respect
of metal blue and powder cased in brass

chests reverberate
groupings tightening each day
holes punched through paper

[blank renku] by Paul Guernsey, 2019


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 Terry Pratchett’s game of THUD.