This is a Couplet Renga Challenge for October Casting Bricks. Care to join in? Just let me know in a comment below and I will start a post for us. I propose a total of 10 couplets; 5 each. Everyone is welcome to give this a go or to stop by Jilly’s October Challenge and join in with any of the Collaborative Challenges. Presenting a challenge of your own would be awesome, as well. The more, the merrier!
Number the Octobers that have risen and set
since last I fingered the vertebrae of the galaxy
as it ribbed across the midnight blue,
(my favorite in the box of 64 with a sharpener)
How many yellow-orange halogen glows
super-center the corroded sky, denying
my telescope little more than
Love’s pearl white disc
burnt sienna Bradbury imaginings of
rings and Europa?
What is our fear worth? Bittersweet unheard colors Earth’s forest green cry
Posted for Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #4 referencing or using the word Darkness. My thanks to Frank for indulging my resistance to restraint and encouraging me to play with the limits on Japanese poetic forms.
Sarah Connor (Sarah Southwest) put forth a lovely Retourne as a Challenge for the October “Casting Bricks to Attract Jade.” Her opening stanza was for the occasion of her daughter’s 16th birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed completing her Blessing for My Daughter, keeping my own daughter in mind as I wrote. Sarah’s words are in bold.
May your heart sing like the ocean,
May the air be clear around you,
May your midnight flame burn bright,
May your feet find firm ground to stand
May the air be clear around you
Words of kindness swirl about you
As a fresh breeze filling your lungs
and exhaling truth with your tongue
May your midnight flame burn bright
When your soul passes that dark night
The rays of the bold morning sun
Flood your eyes when trial is done
May your feet find firm ground to stand
and in scree, a friend’s proffered hand,
In all your day’s strange commotion
Shall you ever have my devotion.
Everyone is welcome to join in with our collaborative poetry project of “Casting Bricks to Attract Jade!” We begin fresh on the first Friday of each month. A permalink can be found on the sidebar to your right.
The seasonal words of Japanese poetry vary by the region in which the poet lives. Autumn in Florida means not color change nor falling leaves; it is our Hurricane Season (storm) and that long-awaited end of the heat. It is that season which turns to tourists and outdoor festivals; it is that season when my Passion Vine can still shine, in spite of her pruning. The Dodoitsu is intended to be about work or love, and while it ought to have a comical twist, I chose to ignore that rule, just as the vine ignores the fact that many consider her a weed. 😉
A circle within
The well of infrequent tongues
Spiraling my fingertips
In sunflower’s eye are held
Voices sing out loud
The universe is dancing
Steps of fractal precision
Ribbons of crystal-
line explosions expanding
Outward, a centrifugal
Joy in movement, energy
A matter of mystery
God’s hands compressing
We are gravity’s children
Held in eternal embrace
The circle contracts
Celestial hymn intones
Time, space, matter energy –
Double helix corkscrewing.
A Classic Renga by two amazing poetess divas; Jilly & Sarah Southwest! Interested in joining in with some collaborative poetry? Join us over at Jilly’s October Challenge of Casting Bricks to attract Jade; everyone is welcome!
You grew in what became a picnic grove Providing shade to what is now a park While dying you were cut and when I drove One morning past your place expecting dark I found the stump, your tombstone, your new mark And knew eventually that so will I Look up with new perspective on the sky.
One year and a day, again walking there
Gentle green and tender shoots spring upward
Branches, leaves, hands reaching to heaven’s prayer
Joy on finding an old friend, my heart stirred
As descendant voices drew me forward
That from this future stand will grow one day
My children’s children bursting forth in May