Alchemy is Real~~ a Renku–*

Photo: Jerry Wang

Renku or rengu is a traditional Japanese poetry form of linked verse composed of the collaboration of 2 or more poets. Each participant displays his wit by spontaneously composing a verse in response to the verse that came before”.

This renku was organized and moderated by Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, David Lanoue. David was the the President of the Haiku Society of America 2013 – 2015. He is a writer of Haiku and Haiku novels. He maintains the Haiku Kobayashi Issa website where he has translated 10,000 of Issa’s haiku.

October 3, 2020

Ginkgo leaves
fluttering gold
alchemy is real

the dog barks at the moon
in another time
zone Nicholas

Autumn frost at dawn
climbing slowly
the window pain Veni

a bumpy airplane ride
back south Juliet

Black votes
don’t matter
says the governor David

I will set you free
in a galaxy of stars Genie

the newlyweds cruise
hollywood Blvd.
for a hooker Nicholas

a dream in all colors
the lightness of being Veni

she falls on the ice
spilling a latte
and donuts Jennifer

damn narrow chimney!
Santa Claustrophobia David

brightening the vampire’s day
was a bad idea Nicholas

keeping the picture of you
in my PC to not get them wet Vini

lonely virgins linger
around the community
pool Jennifer

boys dance
in a marijuana cloud
under a summer moon David

pointing the gun to my head
I change my mind Genie

holy Jizo
comforts the child
in palm tree shade Nicholas

the village
mountain greener
in sunrays of March Veni

my mother picks lilacs
and tells us
be patient Jennifer

a million years is nothing
frog pond frog

Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

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