[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

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!

[tanka] raster of pixels

raster of pixels
all in motion | frozen still
breaking it all down

reality abstracted
our furrowed field of vision

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/25


picture element; a single element of a picture, where the picture is considered as a grid (having been sliced into a fixed number of rows and columns); each resulting location within the grid is a unique element representing the color of that element. (see raster)

[PIX (pic., picture) + EL (element)]


(word coined in 1934 by German electrical engineers while inventing the television; originally, a screen frame of a television picture, and later used more generally as one method for represent a still image on a video monitor.)

a method of representing a picture (image) on an electronic device (TV, computer monitor) by breaking the image into a fixed number of rows and columns and assigning a single color to each element. Each picture element or PIXEL contains the average color for that area of the grid. By increasing the number of rows and columns, the size of each PIXEL is reduced and the accuracy of the image increased. Pixelation is a condition of a raster image which has fewer pixels than required for an accurate representation of the object. Pixelation can be exaggerated to render an image (or section of an image) unrecognizable. (same as BIT MAP)

[from German RASTER, grid; from Latin RASTRUM rake or plow with 2-6 blades]

roots entwine in bed

coating leaves with filthy soot
heavy cost to transport goods     [Ken G. / rivrvlogr]
dirty trees stand tall
friends tie rails with spikes of steel
roots entwine in bed          [© 2018, Paul Guernsey Player]

original hoku by © Shiki Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (7) grasses wilt





[wakiku] turning heads

hokku [© Jane Reichhold, from her online “dictionary of haiku” from the division Summer and sub-division Plants]:

a swinging gate
on both sides the flowers
open - close


wakiku [1] [by Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/08/18]:

heads turn toward the rising sun
weeded blooms and weeds beyond

in response to Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge #110 swinging gate

[1] wakiku – 1. Second link of a renku or other sequence of linked verse. Has 2 phrases [7-7]. Focus is on one thing related to the previous link (the hokku or daisan) [];

2. Wakiku means ‘flanking’ or ‘buttressing’ verse. Its function is to closely support, amplify and compliment the hokku. The wakiku will therefore take the same season as the hokku, perhaps panning back to show the wider backdrop against which the action of the hokku is set, or centering on some detail of the preceding scene so as to provide further depth and credence. The proximity between the hokku and wakiku may approach that of the upper and lower sections of a tanka (kami-no-ku, shimo-no-ku) effectively yielding a single verse. Even where the relationship is less strict the wakiku is so constructed as to provide a sense of ‘closure’ or ‘completion’. Open-ended syntax or external direction are therefore to be avoided.