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Shining White

New Year kasen renku written January 24, 1998 at Patricia Machmiller's beach house in Monterey, CA.

Written in the spirit of our friendship with the Milky Way Renku Group of Sado Island in Japan.

Copyright 1998 All rights reserved by the respective authors.

Shining White

1
waves in shining white--
the sea of New Year's morning
makes a long line
                        Kiyoko
2
      the quivering of branches
      first east wind at the ridgetop
                              Alice
3
snow lingers--
a diary open
to a fresh page
                        Lynne
4
      turning off the engine
      to hear frogs sing
                              Fay
5
smudged here and there
a child's hopscotch diagram
in the spring moonlight
                        Patricia
6
      beside this ball of twine
      a hammer and pliers
                              Alex

7
Great Buddha's Hall
I buy a charm for earthquakes
in a satin bag
                        June
8
      grandmother gives her a kiss
      and a squeeze as she leaves
                              Kiyoko
9
flashing in the sun
a thousand purple eyes
the peacock's spread tail
                        Lynne
10
      dust storm passes across
      far-off Kilimanjaro
                              Alice
11
my canoe teacher
with an artificial leg
missing for a week
                        Fay
12
      short return from their exile
      because of the Pope's visit
                              Patricia
13
man in the moon--
a special evening newscast
about Prospector
                        Alex
14
      stubble field, his blond head 
      asleep on the stained backpack
                              June
15
clear autumn sky
among the puffs of cloud
one shaped as a dog
                        Kiyoko
16
      the smell of popcorn
      spilling from a tour bus
                              Lynne
17
built-in planters
on the deck of the penthouse
cherries in bloom
                        Alice
18
      tax return accidentally
      flushed down the toilet
                              Fay

19
spring concert: gossip
among musicians about
the Paula Jones suit
                        Patricia
20
      from the bottom of the glass
      champagne bubbles
                              Christopher
21
his suicide--
I remember the hat
Gu Cheng made himself
                        June
22
      carved wooden boxes
      One Dollar - Cash Only
                              Alex
23
evening stillness
a fringe of frosted grass
at the pond's edge
                        Lynne
24
      carrying candles, each wrapped
      in an alpaca blanket
                              Patricia
25
the youngest princess
almost made her getaway
disguised as a maid
                        Alice
26
      “wearing another man's pants
      might change your luck,” she tells him	
                              Lynne
27
can't help wondering
if, after all these years
he'll recognize me
                        Alice
28
      pathological liar
      his second mate
                              Fay
29
autumn equinox
the shadow points
to six o'clock
                        Alex
30
      moon above the stone quarry
      the crunch of boots on the path
                              Patricia

31
Day of the Dead
a troupe of feathered dancers
put on face paint
                        June
32
      the projectionist locks up
      in time to catch the late show
                              Lynne
33
coiled copper tubing
a drop of clear liquid
forms, then falls
                        Alice
34
      in the free book bin
	something she's wanted to read
                              June
35
stuck to the candy
the tin foil peels off in strips
-  cherry blossoms
                        Patricia
36
      colostrom, and at last
	the baby goat suckles
                              June

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