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A Hundred Gourds 5:1 December 2015

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Sky in Tatters

a single spider’s thread
ties the duckweed
to the shore

Chiyo-ni
(trans. Donegan & Ishibashi)

no remnants from last night
when everybody danced

Myra

all chairs taken -
I’m standing in the centre
when the music stops

Amanda

sky in tatters
the mountain reappears

Annette

blushing beneath
the supermoon –
stubble fields

Amanda

russet pomegranate
sweetness of season’s close

Sinéad

inside the fridge
an unopened bottle
of dessert wine

Maeve


cold mouths warm each other
in frosty weather

Sinéad

their bed stripped bare
she shovels ashes
sets a fire for one

Evan

deep in the coalmine
Carboniferous fossils

Jane

young rabbit
printed on the tarmac –
cherry blossom falls

Breda

spears of sudden rain…
my prayers briefly answered

Evan


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A summer shisan renku composed at the Teachers’ Club, Dublin on 12th June 2015, for the Hibernian Poetry Workshop.

Renju:

Amanda Bell
Evan Costigan
Myra McAuliffe
Sinéad Cotter
Maeve O’Sullivan (sabaki, editor)
Jane Robinson
Annette Skade
Breda Wall Ryan (shuhitsu, scribe).

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