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A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016

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Awry

spring moonset
lost in smog . . . the times
things have gone awry

_kala

so prickly, so fluffy
hawthorn’s bloom

sprite

beneath the hedgerow
little whiskers and noses
poke out of a hole

linda

rediscovering mother
in shades I like

_kala

oh those cold mornings
when ice ferns sprouted
all over our panes

sprite

whose names to transfer
from the old diary?

linda

***



a traffic jam
as cows nudge around
the two-wheelers

_kala

this homeless child sells
A Thousand Splendid Suns

sprite


on every barb
of the wire fence
a droplet of dew

linda

but nobody keeps track
of fallen leaves

_kala

all hearing
all seeing
all knowing
the moon

sprite

at midnight her dreams
revert to pumpkin

linda

Khajuraho . . .
the longing as sculptures
come together in love

_kala

heaving to the soft murmur
of for-the-now words

sprite

waves lap
and the rental boats bump
one against the other

linda

tiny butterflies
churn the hilltop yellow

_kala

mimosa festival:
another good excuse
for taking layers off

sprite

little boys with bubble pipes
lean over the balcony

linda

***



higher physics
in the way the wind
curves a kite string

_kala

far out there nebulae
are born, then die

sprite


what if
the universe were really
a giant hologram

linda

onto this sultry heat
an apsara from the heavens

_kala

exhausted rain dancers
still surrender to the storm
       of desires

sprite

tornado in the background
of their wedding photos

linda

such smooth ways
of pretence how intense
his affection skin deep

_kala

clown white reveals
what the eyes can't hide

sprite

step by step
a tightrope walker
crosses the abyss

linda

from darkness to light
an earthen Diwali lamp

_kala

rolling through the sky
like the wheel of fate
that shiny rock

sprite

purple striped jellies
in tatters ashore

linda

***



the quickening beat
of raindrops on palm leaves
I begin to hum

_kala

traveller trees
replenish their supply

sprite

leaking honey
a dented baklavas tin
arrives by DHL

linda

how little we know of birdsong
or the rising horizon

_kala

sakura, of course!
but could you spare a thought
for other blossoms?

sprite

an Easter basket
by the newest grave

linda



Written by Linda Papanicolaou, Claire Chatelet [Sprite] and Kala Ramesh on the internet. Started on 4th May and finished on 18th June, 2012. Across time zones, almost each day the writing and the deciding of the verse was done. The lightning speed at which this kasen renku took shape is something worth mentioning.

Verse allotment:
Kala Ramesh – vs 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31 and 34
Claire Chatelet – vs 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 31 and 35.
Linda Papanicolaou – vs 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 32 and 36



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