In presenting this renga I have maintained the "scaffolding" notes to indicate how the writers structured the piece. The numbered links with initials indicate who wrote each link. There are six six-link sections (a total of 36 links); the writer who completes a section starts the next. This is a semi-traditional renga, in that the theme is not traditional (as in a traditional "season" renga). However, the form itself is fairly tradtional, e.g., the number of total links, the length of the sections, the trading of links and switching the order every six links. Basic linking rules were adhered to, including the last link relating back to the first (hokku). To learn more about the structure and form of renga, visit some of the sites listed in the Japanese forms section of my Poetry Links Library.
lost and found|
by Layne Russell and Thomas D. Greer
* *polo! *polo* f i r* f e *marco!* l* s *polo* 1:tg stars of Sagitarius sink behind the mountain 2:lr at this distance long after the wave the voice 3:tg white fog curls around redwoods the phone ringing inside 4:lr cigarette ash. . . bartender punctuates with the match 5:tg firelight on the walll his shadow toward me 6:lr clouds over canyon blue cast on red rockó black swifts dive and dart 7:lr raindrops on the window follow-the-leader 8:tg open curtains sun on glass two little faces 9:lr autumn moon in the birdbath 10:tg water droplets web between willows yellow spider motionless 11:lr deep breathing the stars move 12:tg nap time. . . my ears attuned to whispers 13:tg soft flute through an open window 14:lr first snow. . . low flying geese circle my garden pond 15:tg gust of wind catches my long black skirt 16:lr shaking leaves from her hair. . . fall and fall again 17:tg morning walk home. . . petals in his pocket 18:lr river trail swirls of greenó in the pines a doe 19:lr new watercolor set. . . he paints a seascape 20:tg breeze from the westó tall gold grass brushes bare legs 21:lr afternoon snooze... dandelions between my toes 22:tg all my fingers move down the buttons. . . mine then yours 23:lr in the background guitar arpeggios 24:tg rising and falling. . . by the end of the story breathing in sync 25:tg dawn meditation silver light hits the bell 26:lr snooze button half-a-second ahead of the alarm 27:tg breaks through the ribbon her first first 28:lr breathless promise-not-to-tell. . . finger to lips 29:tg words so soft their heads touch 30:lr box of notebooks in the basementó poems in faded ink 31:lr garage sale surprise: tie-dyes for top-dollar 32:tg fifth shelf up jar of pennies oder than her mother 33:lr all she left behind. . . hat boxes of spare buttons 34:tg a hundred acres with cabin virgin stand of red fir last on the mountain 35:lr lost and found... Christopher Robin 36:tg
© 1997 Leslye Layne Russell & Thomas D. Greer
This renga was written over the course of a year.