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A Hundred Gourds 1:4 September 2012
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Nudged by the Blossoms

with a friend in mourning
as if nudged by the blossoms
this year’s first kukai
ey

sitting in the warm sunshine
after such a long time
km

through the marketplace
swallows turn and criss-cross
close to the ground
yu

a red paper umbrella
stands on the street corner

***
sy

the full moon
glimmering in the frosty window
an empty tune
ak

a northern fox
disappears into the forest
ks

what happened
to our retirement money!
AIG investments
ey

the twenty-third memorial rites
duly observed by his family
yu

boarding a bus
a group of kindergarteners
each with a knapsack
sy

the river Zaltz gushes
from the mother Alps

***
ak

a fisherman
casts his line just beyond
the fireflies
km

her heart straight to his
the short night dawns
ks

kiss in a dream
wrapped in angels’ wings
like “Klimt’s Kiss”
ak

their fragrant silk pillows
filled with dried mum petals
ey

as if to encourage
my friend after surgery
the moon smiles
km

gloved hands pour
cloudy sake

***
ak

a shrewd sales clerk
he persuaded me
to keep their point card
yu

a shop near the sea carries
assorted candies, all cheap
ks

heat wave shimmers
in a big temple yard where
children play hide-and-seek
tt

pregnant with soft breeze
clusters of white wisteria
sy


A nijuin renku (consensual session with no lead poet)
eiko yachimoto
kris moon
yoshiko uchiyama
sosui yuasa
anna kondo
kikuyu sugiura
tateshi tsukamoto



footnote:
We were deeply concerned with Tatashi-san's illness and Kikuyo-san's loss of her husband. So we had to cancel our first renku session scheduled soon after the New Year Day.

As if 'nudged by the cherry blossoms', we gathered on April 5, although Tateshi-san was still in convalescence and could not come. We thoroughly enjoyed the reunion but were not able to complete the renku in a sit-in session on April 5.

In completing the Nijuin via e-mail and telephone conversation, I realized there were a lot more difficulties in obtaining everyone’s agreement to e-mail texts than reaching consensus for each verse passed around in a lively sit-in session. Awareness of your link offers timing,
imagination of each other’s daily life, and above all, never-tiring team spirit seemed crucial this time and I learned, as if for the first time, that these elements ARE in fact important aspects of this genre. Renku, or haikai, is indeed an art about "time".

eiko yachimoto,Yokosuka City, Japan
10 July, 2012

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