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A Hundred Gourds 2:4 September 2013
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The Hat of the Painter

Mount Fuji –
through the mist up there
the hat of the painter


thin veils of frost
all round a tin-roof hut


in a cheval mirror
the full moon
speckled with silver


baby’s amber necklace
snug against her throat





chased away
by the cameras
in front of startled shoppers


koi rise from shadow
to gulp at heated air


the sound of the fan
it clicks this way, then that –
our legs entwined


drunk dialling the number
no longer in service


on Hyde Park Corner
the soothsayer tells us
a forgotten tale


so late the hour
this tangle of twisting streets


flurries of plum petals
blurring the soldiers
on their way home


white muslin curtains
set loose a butterfly





gurgling water
to and fro, a peasant
in his paddy field


the women grab their gowns
and head across the Ditch


Banksy’s graffito
makes a mockery of
the whole affair


converging on the lunch truck
a whiff of shawarma beef


cold moon
sapping my milk’s flow
the infant’s breath with mine


heirloom secrets
in finely stitched quilts


disappointingly
the pianist’s fingers
short and fat


wind in a bottle
hooked to a long, slow riff





the best malt
there ever was
demolished at the wake


a merry little jig
the inbox empty


cherry blossom!
from dawn to dusk blooming
from dawn to dusk withering


our seeds kept safe
in calico pockets





A Tankako renku composed at Issa’s Snail
between April 5 and May 14, 2013.

Verse Allocations:

Barbara A. Taylor, Australia – 5, 11, 14, 18, 21
Claire Gardien, England – 1, 9, 13, 16, 23
Mary White, Ireland – 3, 8, 12, 20, 24
Sandra Simpson, New Zealand – 4, 7, 17, 19, 22
William Sorlien, (sabaki), United States – 2, 6, 10, 15





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