The Renga Party

First published in Brussels Sprout XII:1, January 1995, page 39. Written from 1992 to 1994 (many verses in January of 1994), mostly in Foster City, California.

 

 

The Renga Party: To Boldly Go Where No Link Has Gone Before

 

 

the renga party—

       a choice between

       sake and wine

 

 

a bird book

       in one hand—

the master’s fingers tremble

 

 

a moon verse—

all I can think of

are puns

 

 

between links,

his blank poem slip

becomes a paper crane

 

 

the master rejects

the verse without a kigo—

harvest moon at the window

 

 

laughter

       at last

              for the missing link

 

 

not her turn—

she picks up a dictionary

. . . the hall clock chimes

 

 

in the quiet

after the night cuckoo,

sound of erasing

 

 

a sudden sneeze—

I must be allergic

to flower links

 

 

the master’s thumb-worn saijiki

       . . . my slip of paper

folded as an airplane

 

 

renga party over . . .

       breeze from the window

       scatters all the paper