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Tranquility

By Bill Waters (stanzas 1, 3, 5) and Zee Zahava (stanzas 2, 4, 6)

spiral garden:
we follow it in
we follow it out

red hibiscus
exactly my height

from somewhere
a church bell . . .
rose petals

wandering mind
clouds travel
from here to there

scent of gardenia
on the breeze

spiral garden:
we inhale
we exhale


Published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems, issue 132, page 26, on 11/6/20.

About Zee Zahava:

—> http://zeezahava.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

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Summer’s end

By Zee Zahava (stanzas 1, 3, 5) and Bill Waters (stanzas 2, 4, 6)

early September
lazy clouds
lazy me
 
floating on the breeze
a puff of milkweed fluff
 
heading toward the lake
seventy-six white butterflies
three dragonflies
 
weathered dock
my toes in the water
Queen Anne’s lace in my hair
 
a neat pile of cherry pits
lined up beside me
 
melting into the lake
a sherbet sun . . .
summer’s end


Published in Vines no. 3 (https://hedgerowpoems.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/vines-3.pdf), 1/30/19.

About Zee Zahava:

—> http://zeezahava.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

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Rainbow

A Rengay by Bill Waters & Michael Dylan Welch

“one small step” . . .
up there on the moon
old glory

the union jack
limp at the cenotaph

Olympic rings
snapping in the wind . . .
doping allegations

summer swelter —
a tattered jolly roger
on the Disney ride

beneath the French tricolor
riot police in black and white

gallery opening —
a change of weather
ripples the rainbow flag


Published in Presence, issue 60, March 2018.

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Passages

A Rengay by Annette Makino & Bill Waters

revolving door
that autumn leaf
comes round again

behind the bookcase
a secret passage

tousled roses
the garden gate
rusted open

spring break
the hallways fill
with silence

a curving dirt road
to an unlocked door

tunnel’s end
morning light bouncing off
fresh-fallen snow


Published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems, issue 121 (autumn 2017), page 17, on 11/14/17.

You can find out more about Annette Makino at her blog, makinostudios.com.

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Day’s end

A Rengay by Mary Kendall & Bill Waters

stillness —
violet fades
to black

the scratch of a match
as I strike it

a flicker
of memory starts
then stops

turn of the tide . . .
how hard it is
to let go

a limb of driftwood
pulled back to sea

fair nights or foul
the lighthouse beam
shining


Published in Skylark Tanka Journal, issue 5:2 (winter 2017), page 104, on 11/3/17.

You can find more of Mary Kendall’s superb writing at her blog, apoetintime.com.

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Ancient rhythm

A Rengay by Bill Waters & Sandi Pray

morning mist
pale sunbeams
fanning through the trees

our footsteps find
their ancient rhythm

the girth
of these oaks!
old-growth forest

water sounds
the everything of
falling leaves

from somewhere
the knocking of a woodpecker

the way words
become unnecessary
heading home


Published in Presence, issue 58, July 2017.

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Head in the clouds

A Rengay by Bill Waters & Caroline Skanne

hedgerow —
100 starlings
rise up

sunlight in the silver birch
so much laughter

a cooling breeze
through shrubs and trees . . .
my head in the clouds

waning sun . . .
a ladybird enters
the conversation

hidden in the hawthorn
sparrows rustle the shadows

last scrap
of twilight vanishes
with the fox


Published in Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems, issue 100, 12/16/16.

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Sitting on a toadstool

Sitting on a Toadstool: A Kasen Renku with Tom Clausen and Robin White

sitting on a toadstool / if only / I were small enough ~rw
how much room / in a mushroom? ~bw
“remember what the dormouse said / feed your head” ~tc
poof! / goes the puffball / horse’s hoof ~rw
chanterelle — / your lovely name / refutes your roots ~bw
rolled out / in the woodlot / shiitake logs ~tc
a bit off / the beaten path / old man of the woods ~rw
snuffling for truffles / the pig and me ~bw
round and round / this cow pasture / with ‘shrooms ~tc
plucking my luck / four-leaf clover / inside a fairy ring ~rw
weathered garden gnome — / stuck to its boots / tiny toadstools ~bw
the domed cap raised from the forest floor / pine needles attached ~tc
it, too / when rubbed the wrong way / bluing bolete ~rw
rain on the window pane . . . / peppers and mushrooms / frying ~bw
it’s called a “Michigan Hollow” / the best portobello in town ~tc
autumn’s versicolor / hunters fanning out / for turkey tail ~rw
so far from the sea / and yet . . . / oyster mushrooms ~bw
green around the gills / rechecking the identification guide ~tc
the morel / of the understory / hidden in plain sight ~rw
foraging for fungi . . . / penny bun / anyone? ~bw
running through my brain / an inky cap dream ~tc
gathering moss / under the pines / man on horseback ~rw
sawing wood . . . / from out of the forest / black trumpets ~bw
without fanfare / the little community of milkcaps / falling apart ~tc
sweet on sugar maples / northern tooth ~rw
into the gelato / with the candy caps! ~bw
waxing eloquent / the mycologist / fills his vasculum ~tc
ka-ka-toos / the old Blackfoot warns / of falling stars ~rw
sudden downpour! / beneath this sheltering ledge / parasol mushrooms ~bw
decorated with toadstools / the baby’s blanket ~tc
winter thaw / mother nature exposes / her velvet foot ~rw
a standout / in any crowd: / the blusher ~bw
amanita / with red and white polka dots / angels call ~tc
the monk’s wide grin / the old nun’s / bag of blewits ~rw
oh, the portobello! / sizzle of the grill ~bw
the ladybug so briefly / sitting on the toadstool ~tc

Published in Akitsu Quarterly: Winter 2015 (http://www.wildgraces.com/Akitsu-Quarterly.html), 12/5/15.

It was an honor (and a lot of fun!) to write this loose and freewheeling renku with Tom Clausen (http://tomclausen.com; @TomTpc2) and Robin White (http://www.wildgraces.com). It was read at the 2nd Annual Haiku Gathering at Wild Graces in September 2015 — an event whose lunch menu featured…can you guess?

Mushrooms!  :- D

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