[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

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[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.

morning dip

 

 

soar hover dive strike
early winter's sunrise flight
chilly morning dip

water warms as talons sink
climb as earth turns toward the sun

any scavengers about
listen for their nasty caws
lazy seagull scum

living on their own they die
barely fly and can't catch fish

catch's gills still flare
osprey rips the eyes out first
lives another day

light grows warm below the rim
heart grows warm in early chill

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/12/06

[blank renku] To those who read my words

cold glowing surface
database serves up my soul
how was it received
I thank you for your time and for your thoughts,
and ask that you feel free to share them back.
writer's gambling heart
craving reader's audience
trade my thoughts for yours

Paul Guernsey Player © 2018/11/20


[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] in search of darkness

a pretty sunset
clouds obstruct the newest moon
colors fade to dusk

A sliver of the backlit spinning orb,
that is not seen but known to hide tonight
behind a mask of dusty crimson hue,
a crescent just above the edge of night
whose curving blade demarks the lunar day.

warm and moonless night
city wakes ten thousand moons
searching for darkness

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/08


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] 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.