unearthing beauty (rengay)

 

 

My deepest thanks to Kate MacQueen for writing this rengay with me. It was a wonderful and illuminating experience to write with Kate. Kate’s verses are #2, 4, 6 (italicized) and mine are #1, 3, 5.

 

This rengay was published in Vines #3, part of the publication hedgerow edited by Caroline Skanne. 

 

Note: for readers not acquainted with rengay, here is a definition from “Graceguts” by Michael Dylan Welch:

“Garry Gay invented a renga alternative in the summer of 1992: the “rengay.”

“The rengay is a collaborative six-verse linked thematic poem written by two or three poets using alternating three-line and two-line haiku or haiku-like stanzas in a regular pattern. The pattern for two people is A-3, B-2, A-3, B-3, A-2, B-3, with the letters representing the poets, and the numbers indicating the number of lines in each given verse.” 

dreams lost in dreams . . . (three haiku)

 

Three haiku were also published in Presence, Issue #62, 2018:

 

1.

 

dreams lost in dreams wild poppies

 

 

Field of Poppies, Photographer Unknown

 

2.

 

“Snow” by gookingsword (Pixabay)

 

 

 

deep in winter

abandoned nests

and forgotten songs

 

 

 

3.

 

waking from a dream

the night winds

unsettle the moon

 

 

Photo by Kenrick Mills on Unsplash

 

 

 

Ice ferns . . . (tanka)

 

       Presence Issue #62, 2018

 

 

scraping ice ferns

off the windows

of our old jalopy –

such fragile beauty     

soon pushed aside

 

 

Photo by eddy on ‘Unsplash’

 

 

Black feathers . . . (two tanka)

 

 

 

Skylark, Tanka Journal 12,
Winter 2018 (6:2)

 

 

 

black feathers

scattered

under a bush—

the unspoken truth

gone forever

 

 ~

 

 

in an old book

a letter, ‘address unknown’

a million miles away

a new star is born,

another dies

 

 

Indigo ink . . . (tanka)

 

 

Moonbathing, A Journal of Women’s Tanka,
Issue 19, Fall/Winter 2018

 

 

 

indigo ink

on vellum paper—

all those dreams

of making a different life

for myself

 

 

 

 

Picking stars apart (two haiku)

 

Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society,
Volume 28 Number 4, November 2018

 

~

 

 

 picking stars apart one by one long winter nights

 

 

Milky Way by Felix Mittermeier

 

2.

summer mirage—

what childhood

might have been

 

 

Photo by Pezibear (Pixabay)

 

 

 

Loneliness . . . (three tanka)

Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society,
Volume 28 Number 4, November 2018

 

Three tanka were published in Blithe Spirit this past November:

 

 

 Snow Landscape by Hans Braxmeier

 

 

winter woodland

bereft of birdsong 

           with your passing 

even clear days

are shadowed

 

 

Photo by Frantisek Krejci

 

 

together so long

we seem to finish

one another’s  sentences,

fluent in the pauses

of each other’s mind

 

 

 

Universe by Gerd Altmann

 

loneliness

comes and goes,

dancing around

my mind

with two left feet