[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

awkward silence this is not

chirrups with his wings
hope hops ~stridulates~ for mate
listens with her legs             [selling tickets, by lynn__]

The oboe steps upon the stage and plays
an A, which soon is joined by violin
and trumpet, flute, the harp, and flugelhorn.
Each voice expresses love in tone for all,
the husky and the meek, the struck,
the plucked, the stroked, the blown, and rubbed.

The rubbed we like the best, for those are we.
We hear them on the inside as we chirp
to one another, left out here between 
the blades of grass where rich black dirty earth 
yields to the abdomen of she who heard 
my song just now and found me fondly proud.

rubing wings and hearts
awkward silence this is not
the sound of crickets


blank renku, Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/08/21

The Sounds of Koorogi, Cricket-dVerse Haibun Monday


[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.