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] 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

My haiku, by Brittany


selflessly vapid
my haiku, by brittany [1]
a zen in every pot

publish her collected works
satire's stunted voice of truth

ageless sacred words
in opposition fearless
from the empty soul

socialism's wunderkind
totes avocados for all

[satirical ode, in renku form] by Paul Guernsey @pgPlayer © 2019
Founding Schlub Club member



[1] Brittany. A fictional “Valley Girl” on Glenn Beck’s radio show, played by Stu Burguiere. Brittany made regular appearances on the Glenn Beck Show when it was hosted from Tampa, Florida’s News Radio 970 WFLA. One of Brittany’s lasting contributions to the show was her collection of haiku poems, under the general moniker, “My haiku, by Brittany“,

Brittany is still a Hot Property, apparently, since she has made more recent appearances, such as “Brittany with Socialists for Avocados totes calls Glenn out“.

Give Brittany Her Own Blog Space!

This post is my sincere plea to @WorldOfStu and @GlennBeck @TheBlaze to keep Brittany, and to archive for posterity the entire My Haiku, By Brittany collection, in written and recorded form. Brittany should have her own blog, in my opinion, and My Haiku, By Brittany should be a ™ [Trade Mark]. Think of the T-shirts! THESE ARE PRICELESS WORKS OF ART and belong in the Glenn Beck wing of the Radio Hall of Fame.

Socialists for Avocados, UNITE!


[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.

[renku] big brothers

wisened older friends
entrusted visionaries
always walked before

listening to stories told
never totally alone

muddy boots on doorstep
frozen tracks returning home
paths to follow on

Paul Guernsey Player © 2019/01/27

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Written for my second oldest brother’s 65th birthday, but applies all my siblings. Good going, Scott, Craig, Drew and Cindy, and returning, too.

*renku – (linked poem) A poem of alternating stanzas of nominally five-seven-five and seven-seven onji, usually composed by two or more poets, and developing texture by shifting among several traditional topics without narrative progression. Typical renga run to 36, 50, 100, 1000 or more stanzas. – from Glossary of Japanese Terms

[blank renku] winter squirrels

winter squirrels rutting
what better time to do it
florida’s seasons

But rutting is by far too coarse a word,
for what the squirrels have done is honest play.
And winter is by far too strong a word,
so far they are from hibernation’s sleep.

young buck’s urgent press
the doe’s unguarded yielding
once more, yes, again

So, out they came to frolic and cavort,
to leap and romp and spring in crisp fresh air.

springtime pups brewing
tiny buns in the oven
unknown joys ahead

a blank renku by Paul Guernsey Player, © 2019/01/11

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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.

[blank renku] dimness lights my steps

gulf coast winter's dawn
gentle rains upon my face
dimness lights my steps
As moisture laden southern winds shift east
the leading edge of cooler breezes speak
of days without a broiling summer sun;
precious is the light
day contrasts with darkest night
magic lies between
as newly risen golden rays backlight
the earth-bound clouds and under cast their silken
haze with subtle green and yellow hue;
waterfall of rain
droplets grow into cascade
splashes sing as one

a blank renku* by Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/12/09

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*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.

More on blank renku here.