By the Gazebo

A shisan renku by Tadashi Kondo (sabaki), June Hopper Hymas, Patricia Machmiller, Kenneth Tanemura, Kiyoko Tokutomi, and Michael Dylan Welch

 

Written on 28 August 1993 on the occasion of Tadashi Kondo visiting San Francisco. Published in Cicada VII:1 (#22), September 1996, page 9. This may be the very first shisan renku I ever contributed to.

 

 

morning chat

starts flowing

by the gazebo                                                                                   Tadashi

 

            the silverware’s noise

            and music—it is so cool                                                     Kiyoko

 

lake wind

changing the pages

of my journal                                                                                     Kenneth

 

            brighter than the bonfire

            moon in the sand                                                                 Michael

 

pumpkins tumbled

every-which-way

in an open field                                                                                 June

 

            hurrying to Sunday Mass

            only to find the church locked                                        Patricia

 

grey sky—

the dog’s water dish

iced over                                                                                             Michael

 

            watching him sharpen his awl

            the smell of dried leather                                                 Patricia

 

in the photo

the empty space beside you

I long to fill                                                                                          Kenneth

 

            a gift of balloons for him

            with the string in a knot!                                                   June

 

elderly couple

under cherry blossoms—

a far-off gaze                                                                                     Kiyoko

 

            by-the-wind sailors

            the slat spray on my face                                                  Patricia