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Renga 2005
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


So much of the real
is beyond our notice –
creamy blossoms hide thorns

__the blind dog blinks
__in front of a rabbit

light burrows through clouds
a month of sundays

__twelve friends for lunch
__hymns unpractised

fingers slow in the cold
the band greets the new ones –
work makes us free

__the key’s all wrong
__steel lines fade into fog

on the map it says
all this, definitely,
is somewhere over there

__cups and thermos
__rainbows come with rain

the tumour takes fast –
moments without end, beginning
are enough

__side by side, shoes,
__the smoothed sheet

from an empty room
dying flowers
call her name

__hyssop, caraway, chocolate mint
__sharp in the bed of joy

a dry veiny eye
of lunar honesty
dangles a web

__puddles in cut fields
__reflect the hasty sky

flashes on the toll road
to Chiiori –
low sun, shuttered

__fried eggs for supper
__it’s all that’s left

Aga fuel
climbs the hill
ready for starved lambs

__skinning corpses for the lies
__that give life to the living

shunned by the wise
the ragwort
flaunts its yellow head

__in the chilly bathroom
__my face is washed and dried.

a nijuuin renga in Summer
Swaledale Festival, Nappa Scar
June 5, 2005


Alec Finlay (master)
Alex Hodby
Felicity Manning
Beth Rowson
Elisabeth Sutherland
Tom Richardson
Roger Selby


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