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Conch Eggs

a spring kasen renku

 

Ferris Gilli
Paul MacNeil
Peggy Willis Lyles

 

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daybreak
a string of conch eggs
rides the swell

       fg

 

root-runner grasses
spread between dunes

        pm

 

twin boys
and twin lambs
in Grandpa's barn

        pwl

 

wavery reflections
from a bicycle mirror

        fg

 

revealing
the unknown moon
earthshine

        pm

 

a yellow leaf covers
your just-crowned king

        pwl

 

***

 

stone cherubs seem to sing
"It's now or never"
at Elvis's grave

        pm

 

on wobbly knees
he presents the ring

        fg

 

reluctantly
serving divorce papers
on the female wrestling coach

        pwl

 

the thrill of victory
the agony of defeat
        pm

 

door prize
with a tube of shampoo
for the bald man

        fg

 

twenty-one purses
in her nursing home room

        pwl

 

an overturned travois
on the snow bank
still there at moonset

        fg

 

north wind whips
the Trail of Tears

        pwl

 

gripped with fear
she leads Adam
from Eden

        pm

 

that pinup wears nothing
but a lightning-bolt tattoo

        fg

 

pomegranate blossoms
brush against
the cracked adobe wall

        pwl

 

as maple sap boils
such sweet froth!

        pm

 

***

 

buzz of bees
louder than
the whispered recipe

        fg

 

sellers in clusters
wait for the stock ticker

        pm

 

exchanging
self-conscious glances
while the bottle spins

        pwl

 

too dizzy with passion
to practice safe sex

        fg

 

her breaths of sleep
as we fill
the mattress sag

         pm

 

refreshed by clear water
from a mountain stream

        pwl

 

only button cacti
in a tailor's yard
survive the drought

        fg

 

pins fasten
so much Scots' plaid

        pm

 

I tried to change
the combination
on a rusted lock

        pwl

 

last half of a diary
flutters in the ashes

        fg

 

into your brightness
you bring old dreams,
miserable moon

        pm

 

dodging the spotlight
pumpkin thieves

        pwl

 

***

 

wing-rush
of a cock grouse
past the gun barrel

        pm

 

teacher's sudden entrance
startles the whole class

        fg

 

let's not dance
on the ceiling
until the job's done

        pwl

 

a crane swings
the top girder into line

        pm

 

tourists gather
cherry petals
from the ground

         fg

 

the slow blink and then
a longer leap

         pwl

 

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This renku appeared, in part, 25 July, 2003 in Solares Hill, a newspaper in Key West, FL
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key for Conch Renku:

     Ferris = A
     Paul = B
     Peggy = C

1 A hokku Spring
2 B wakiku Sp
3 C daisan Sp
4 A (no season, if not otherwise notated)
5 B moon Autumn
6 C Au
***** pages two and three *****
7 B
8 A love
9 C love
10 B
11 A
12 C
13 A Winter Moon
14 C W
15 B
16 A
17 C blossom Sp
18 B Sp
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19 A Sp
20 B
21 C love
22 A love
23 B love
24 C Summer
25 A Su
26 B
27 C
28 A
29 B moon Au
30 C Au
***** page four *****
31 B Au
32 A
33 C
34 B
35 A blossom Sp
36 C ageku Sp
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The order of seasons and placement of "special" verses roughly follows traditional arrangement as indicated by Wm. J. Higginson, Shinku Fukuda, and others. The rotation of "players" is by Paul MacNeil.
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