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In Our Particular Hats Blacksmith & Iron Growth Waits for its Moment
Begum, Wipe the Dust Dust On The Needle Gathering Mussels
Pleated, Oriental The Blind Dog What Light Brings
     

IN OUR PARTICULAR HATS

Do the white plum, cow parsley,
the thrush at the window
lose an hour?

__birds still carry twigs
__twigs still carry buds

Good Friday's hare
caught in the dish
of the moon

__one headlamp gone
__we can't race the clouds

soft verges, flat Coke cans,
soon there will be
sand and sandwiches

__her bri-nylon swimsuit
__see-thru when wet

trace the body-map
count freckle-stars –
how to just love?

__a rinsed clearing
__in the old wood

a city of ants
glistens
the scent of vinegar

__warmth in the black stones
__of the campfire

blood on the rooftops:
through burnished leaves, TV aerials
come images of the desert

__she weaves each retaliation
__into the kilim

the same silver shines
on men in perfect suits
in the White House

__once there were a thousand tales
__now there’s only one

in the silence
the hot water bottles gurgle
to one another

__the room breathes out
__and settles

coming down the stairs
into the kitchen
washing-up

__laundry in a tangle
__the thrush back at the window

wild
daffodils
fluting

__in our particular hats
__can the rain not rain?

a nijuuin renga in Spring
Dharmavastu, Walton
27 March, 2005 (Vernal Equinox)

Participants

Alec Finlay (master)
Subhadassi (master)
Abigail Priddle
Abhya
Beth Rowson
Darshan
Linda France
Sinhendra

 





 
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