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A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016

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Tardis Blue Sky

tardis blue sky
the year's first fireflies
light up the forest

Tzetzka

in stillness the gentle
rustle of a warm breeze

Richard

one unprompted
rehearsal and suddenly
we have a band

Tzetzka

putting up guywires
for the radio antenna

Richard

***



the novice painter
having trouble with the moon
in watercolor

Richard

fifty cents for boiled peanuts
at the mountain fair

Tzetzka


stubbing his toe
on the meandering root
of the linden

Richard

who would not appreciate
some fine yoga pants?

Tzetzka

curled up in a blanket
… the last pages
of “Anna Karenina”

Tzetzka

a film of book burning
shocks the teens

Richard

***



gradually
the avalanche of ash and rock
began to slow

Tzetzka

finding the stash
of grandma's old tintypes

Richard


the rising moon's
full face perched on top
of the deserted bird feeder

Richard

a prairie dog town-
one hundred miles long!

Tzetzka

the pungent smell
of fresh laid asphalt
under hot sun

Richard

just a chip, yet the ceramic
heart is not the same…

Tzetzka

***



we take turns guessing
the identity of Shakespeare's
Dark Lady

Richard

the new fly-fishing lure
caught in the weeds

Richard

blossoms scattered
far from the lone tree
and its wistful viewer

Tzetzka

the old salt telling
tall tales of maritime lore

Richard



A Nijuin Renku written by Richard St. Clair, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
and Tzetzka Ilieva, Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Richard St. Clair: 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20
Tzetzka Ilieva: 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19


The nijuin “Tardis Blue Sky” was composed via email from May 29, 2015 until July 27, 2015 with a two-week break during which Tzetzka was cut off from civilization in Yellowstone.

Although our finished renku has the appearance of a mixture of inevitability and spontaneity, we took a lot of time thinking about the next verse, each time submitting around three offers to our renkujin partner to consider.

—Richard St. Clair and Tzetzka Ilieva


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