Swirling Leaves

        A kasen renku by Michael Dylan Welch and Francine Porad
 

Written 4 May 1992 to 2 November 1993 by postal exchange. First published in Point Judith Light 3:1, April 1994, page 10.

 

 

faded war paint—

red leaves swirl about

the wooden indian                                                                          Michael

 

            noncommittal face

            of the poetry juror                                                              Francine

 

blue notes

from old fingers . . .

the battered upright sways                                                         Michael

 

            change of tempo

            robins chirping                                                                      Francine

 

quarter moon—

a bent bicycle wheel

left in the trash                                                                                 Michael

 

            hardly recognizable

            cleaned-out garage                                                             Francine

 

            ~   ~   ~

 

stretched bars

and blank canvas . . . waiting

for inspiration                                                                                    Francine

 

            reflected in the stream

            —forked lightning                                                               Michael

 

children zigzag

through the park, slide to swings

to purple dragon                                                                              Francine

 

            along the garden trellis

            the cat’s path                                                                        Michael

 

rendezvous

in the afternoon

    our laughter                                                                                   Francine

 

            starlight through the window-blind

            . . . touching her breast scar                                            Michael

 

violet shadows

in the mountain’s outline

in sharp relief                                                                                    Francine

 

            vapour trail

            splitting the moon                                                               Michael

 

predicted flurries

the anticipation

of New Year’s Eve                                                                           Francine

 

            the morning after—

            confetti in the snow                                                           Michael

 

below the feeder

a squirrel searches

for sunflower seeds                                                                       Francine

 

            a trail of ants

            to the syrup bottle                                                              Michael

 

            ~   ~   ~

 

breakfast on the patio

    in spring sun—

smell of burnt toast                                                                        Michael

 

            “I just want to start

            a flame in your heart”                                                        Francine

 

crashing surf—

the imprint of your body

deep in warm sand                                                                         Michael

 

            covered with grit

            stranded seals                                                                       Francine

 

pelting rain—

a candy bar wrapper

on a bus seat                                                                                     Michael

 

            small town main street

            a flag at each store front                                                   Francine

 

out of step

with the marching band

the baton twirler                                                                              Michael

 

            ten loops as it climbs

            Blue Angel among the clouds                                         Francine

 

sultry night—

the barman wipes away

wet circles                                                                                           Michael

 

            summer rain

            patterns in the pond                                                          Francine

 

roar of the midway—

the toddler’s balloon

rises n moonlight                                                                             Michael

 

            large spiders

            gigantic webs                                                                         Francine

 

            ~   ~   ~

 

new mother

sings to the infant,

“Big girls don’t cry!”                                                                        Francine

 

            sealing my sister’s birthday card

            . . . first chill of autumn                                                      Michael

 

after the storm

on an incoming tide

shriveled jellyfish                                                                             Francine

 

            amid beach stones

            a piece of polished glass                                                   Michael

 

icy yard

cluttered with falling leaves

roses standing tall                                                                            Francine

 

            ringing the doorbell

            the florist                                                                                Michael