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A Hundred Gourds 2:1 December 2012
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Cold Sun

cold sun -
the centre
of a chrysanthemum

Kirsten

squeezing an orange
for today’s hot drink

Margaret

hand-in-hand
a line of preschoolers
at the zoo

Vanessa

butterflies embroidered
on my veil

Cynthia

her hair
shaken out to cover
his ‘mother’ tattoo

Jim

warding off the magpie
with a vinyl briefcase

Cynthia

going online at Starbuck’s
while we wrangle over
the Arab Spring

Nola


“Who are you?” the pirate
asks at bath-time

Patricia

crowded beach
just for a moment
losing my son

Margaret

coming out of the movie
eyes full of tears

Sandra

amid corn stubble
an abandoned farmhouse
backlit by the moon

Vanessa

on every path
coloured leaves

Nola


A junicho written by

Dy Andreasen, Sydney, Australia
Margaret Beverland, Katikati, NZ
Nola Borrell, Upper Hutt, NZ
Kirsten Cliff, Matamata, NZ
Moira Cursey, Hamilton, NZ
Maureen Gorman, Winchester, Virginia, US
Jim Kacian, Winchester, Virginia, US
Patricia Prime, Auckland, NZ
Vanessa Proctor, Sydney, Australia
Cynthia Rowe, Sydney, Australia Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, NZ (sabaki)

Composed between June 17 and July 25, 2012

The junicho began as a face-to-face workshop exercise at the Haiku Festival Aotearoa 2012 and was completed online at the Issa’s Snail website (Dy, Moira, Maureen and Jim were unable to continue online).


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