Reach for the Sky~~a Renku*

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

Organized by David Lanoue professor of English Literature at Zavier University of Louisiana

barren branches
reach for the sky –
clouds open /Genie

“What Child is This”
from the trumpet next door /Nicholas

asleep on the doormat
the puppy moves paws
as if swimming /Veni

the mail is late again
in New Orleans /Juliet

one month
rings two moons
over the glistening river /Nancy

the diamond engagement ring
hidden in a walnut /David

restless again
you decide to leave
in autumn wind

first mother-daughter trip
to the OB-GYN /Nicholus

on the screen
of memory
my oldest pencil drawing/Veni

Trump loses the election
for the thirteenth time /Jennifer

through the vacation
the curing sun
empties Zoom classes /Nancy

a chili cheese hotdog
beneath a hungry ghost moon /David

in a paper bag
I carry shochu
to the library /Genie

an inscription on the title page
below the lipstick kiss /Nicolous

blind date again
he recalls every lesson
waiting in the dark /Veni

a dream of a Beatles song
woven into my mind /Jennifer

good exchanges
without masks
futures to imagine /Nancy

looking in the mirror
spring is here /Genie

the budding photographer
ask the blossoms
to smile /Nicolous

waking bees make a second crown
for the plum tree /David


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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