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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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