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A Hundred Gourds 1:4 September 2012
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The Coolness of Petals

a breath of wind…
the coolness of petals
touches warm hands

pink shells echo
with good luck messages

between courses
some parrot imitates
poor father's voice

*
against her parent’s will
she swoons, says “I do”

seventy-two days…
there remains but
dust and ashes

loud sirens send a warning
to the defenseless

*
rustling leaves
at the lake’s edge where
deer sip from the moon

a cartful of reeds pushed
across this wooden bridge

three wizened women
all dressed in black frocks
smile and wave

*
with gusto they discuss
“The Merry Widow"

Spring draws near
and there’s a long list
of things to do

slowly, brick-by-brick
to yesteryears’ song


A shisan renku composed via email;
start March 10 2011: finish 14 April 2012

Barbara A Taylor, Australia
Vasile Moldovan, Romania


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