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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


Lie flat on your back
among lambs, clouds
let gravity take a rest

__your thoughts in boxes
__with two sides missing

swifts fly across
an open face
moon draws the water in

__nothing more to do
__the kids run their baths

jackets left in piles
just like OBI WAN
boots by the fire

__tapping every log
__to set the insects free

all the anthropologists
sit and stare
into their lunch bowls

__if I died tomorrow
__I’d want you to know this

a balloon can be tight
and yet float
colours over a town

__jackdaws crack and puzzle
__the steeple points at nothing

stilled and storied
leaded light
caught in the rafters

__shh . . . sex is happening
__in each corner of the hay

a grapefruit
and a star
in Tom's song

__shift sun
__into reason

100 turning windmills
make their way
into the sea

__use scissors carefully
__cut round the edges

a hare pops out
of Hotchberry Brow
flaps like a hinge

__must you always come back
__the way you came?

one of her
new white roses
is red

__I want to call you clown
__I want to call you brother.

a nijuuin renga in Summer
June 11, 2005, Cockermouth


Alec Finlay (master)
Linda France (master)
Debbie Taylor Davies
Helen Fenton
Ryan Griffiths
Jeremy Over
Marita Over
Rebecca Mellor
Jette Riedlin


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