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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


Like an old friend
the tenderness
of the dog rose

__laughing we cycled hard
__with the sun

in the cathedral
of the trees
a silver disc teasing

__across the path
__the chime of a bell

winter makes inarticulate
all that summer
made lucid

__he gets up before me
__and rakes the embers

suddenly your hands
bright and startled
as a lapwing

__surprised by the ache
__the balm of your voice

deep in a pocket
loose change
my heart

__conspiratorial as children
__the wind speaking to the sycamores

six months after
the tsunami
roots still bare

__the recipe for layered cake
__handwritten icing

turning to the cusp
of golden light
see the moth!

__bereft – not just a word
__a time, a place

named after his grandfather
and the house
he was born in

__dressed in white
__that’s how you came home

I’ve got girls
to see to
I have to go

__candy stripes and rick-rack
__a cotton wash

on a single plant
white and pink poppies,
both pleated, oriental

__is it only in the fire
__there is a quickening?

a nijuuin renga in summer
Langley Woods, Northumberland
26 June, 2005


Linda France (master)
Sue Dunne
Helen Elliott
Joan Johnston
Helene Murphy


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