Sunday, May 25, 2008

Renga Poetry

A friend of mine writes a special form of Japanese poetry called Renga. He has a blog about it called Renga Roads. You can learn about it here. Link.

I thought I'd try my hand at this form of poetry. He's my first effort:

Spider Webs and Dust

A stray cat jumped up
On the bird bath. The water
Froze overnight. Ice.

Clear night skies and arctic winds.
She worries: the homeless man.

Torn pants. His hand truck
Carries four Rubbermaid tubs.
His wheels, his bureau.


He’s glad to see the rose vine
Blooming on his front trellis.

“I’ve done Christmas Eve
Services for what — ten years?
Easter’s too much church.”

She hopes to meet the City
Manager. He prays, sometimes.


A kindred spirit
Half a world away. Her link.
Should he e-mail her?

Where she lives winter’s coming.
He checks: Do these shorts still fit?

The kayaks have hung
From the rafters for two years
Spider webs and dust.


Midnight. Full moon overhead.
Mid Tomales Bay. A splash.

His fifty-seventh
Birthday. Just a store-bought card
And a berry pie.

He works past midnight on his
Poem. No one will read it.


Culmom37 said...

I get it!!!!

Very good job and know that I read it!

Poems are very hard to do, especially for your first try and this one you did is wonderful.

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

Thank you!

dandym7 said...

Dan, thanks for sharing your soul. Your work (here and in the classroom)is an example of your life's journey. Many profit from your wisdom, integrity and patience. Volumes of kindness, knowledge and peace are written in stone from the life which you lead. Be encouraged to continue as long as the body is able and the mind is willing!

Anonymous said...

GREAT! poem !!!

Katherine said...

eektxfjqLovely poetry! Email her.

Katherine said...

whooops, the word verification characters went in the wrong box!!

Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

Thank you everyone. I'll try writing more poetry over the summer.