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A Hundred Gourds 1:4 September 2012
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snowmelt

snowmelt -
one long aaaah
from the raven

go

among the gravestones
the first green shoots

ss

two rows of chairs
in the gymnasium
I ask for this dance

ws

there is even rhythm
to the untying of your hair

ac

a barrow-man
selling watermelon,
kids spitting pips …

go

not exactly smiling
Uncle Sam leads the parade

ac,ws

in every vestibule
the whiff of smoke
and office plots

ss

first autumn chill
& the pot-belly talking again

go

yellow-and-white
daisies brighten
the neglected yard

bd

as he sharpens the spade,
one of the old hymns

ss

through the gathering dusk
the cows
and their slow bells

go

too old for stories,
midwinter moon

ss


Composed at Issa’s Snail between August 13 and October 4, 2011.

Participants:
Ashley Capes – Australia
Bill Dennis – United States
Genevieve Osborne – Australia
Sandra Simpson – New Zealand (sabaki)
William Sorlien – United States


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