Brunch Renku

The following is a thirteen-verse renku, one verse per poet, written at a joint meeting of Haiku Northwest, the Port Townsend Haiku Group, and the Bellingham Haiku Group, held on 2 May 2010 at the Farmhouse Restaurant near La Connor, Washington. Renku led by Christopher Herold, who noted in email that this was “dashed off in the midst of eating, drinking, and conversation.” Participants were Alice Frampton, Ida Freilinger, Jay Haskins, Alison Hedlund, Christopher Herold, Carole MacRury, Tanya McDonald, Carol O’Dell, Carmi Soifer, Angela Terry, Doris H. Thurston, Tenzing Karma Wangchuk, and Michael Dylan Welch (my verse is “the moon through the window”; other authors are unidentified).

computer crash

now I can see

the moon

ducks splashing down

fracture pond-stillness

a v of jets

cross the blue

of the morning

sitting down with her needlepoint

she chooses her background colors

cows stand

low at the fence

among scattered daisies

photographs on the wall

the shadows highlighted

standing straight

into the sky she feels

the warm sun

a bucket of beach sand

upended in the shallows

the moon through the window

of the station wagon

rowdy teenagers

a new use for the wooden yoke

restaurant décor


of eons in the grain

of the kitchen table

grandma’s copper kettle

losing its luster

he whistles

and the garden tour assemblage

quiets down