Main renku page


100 Link Renku: New Year's sun

Copyright 1998 All rights reserved by the respective authors.

New Year renku (100 Links) written December 31, 1997 to January 1, 1998
Chaminade, Santa Cruz, California
Link Author
1
tree tops shining
all down the arroyo
in New Year's sun
Alice
2
this blank diary open
to the first page
Alex
3
my mother gives
the performing monkey
a red vest
Fay
4
hammer at his side
he waits for the signal
Alex
5
horsetail shoots
have pushed small piles of earth
onto the sidewalk
Alice
6
ceramic frog family
slightly misaligned
Fay
7
hazy moon
a carful of teenagers
yodeling
Alice
8
the rooster calls
then the alarm
Alex

9
two hours now
calligraphy lesson
in a grandfather's room
Fay
10
buried treasure
guarded by a skull
Alex
11
missing the deadline
to sign up for
Greek Tragedy 301
Fay
12
I follow his swift glance
to the swinging door
Alice
13
every day
she wants to send
the Unabomber flowers
Fay
14
no to the pill
catholic girl
Fay
15
dropping his robe
he looks back
at the mirror
Alex
16
tip of his cigar glows
early frost
Alice
17
no moon tonight
I ask my manservant
to play a fugue
Fay
18
this shipment of persimmons
already too soft
Alice
19
stalled on the freeway
my best excuse
for the missed appointment
Alex
20
over cocktails diplomats
saying what they really think
Alice
21
among cherry blossoms
the beggar ties
a fortune
Alex
22
Easter hat sale
at the Goodwill store
Fay

23
Morrismen
hop lightly over
imaginary furrows
Alice
24
machine made green tea
no flavor
Fay
25
incoming tide
plastic grocery tag
among the flotsam
Alice
26
Pele's wrath
turned to lava
Alex
27
aromatic oil
in his belly button
two or three drops
Alice
28
gigolo training school
bankrupt
Fay
29
passing notes
the teller whispers
“Later.”
Alex
30
eunuchs have approved
third wife anonymously
Fay
31
stock market tip
leads to another
argument
Alex
32
snow boots
Montana endorses
Fay
33
bitter morning
his trigger finger stuck
to the metal
Alice
34
the last trail marker
at the edge of the cliff
Alex
35
slightly wavering
horizon of the Dead Sea
—summer moon
Alice
36
sultan's breakfast
fresh abalone
Fay

37
Friday afternoon
news of their dismissals
sent by e-mail
Alice
38
roaches fooling around
in a million dollar condo
Fay
39
stuck
the tractor roars
uselessly
Alex
40
cluster of yellow pushpins
Superfund sites
Alice
41
new satellite dish
for expatriates
from the Continent
Fay
42
harvest festival
she prays to the corn goddess
Alice
43
clear sky
faintly the sounds
of high flying geese
Alice
44
potting shed romance
they discuss chrysanthemums
Alex
45
alone in the castle
moon princess
counts her pimples
Fay
46
coroner and pall bearer
exchange vows
Fay
47
again this year
from his ex mother-in-law
—chatty birthday card
Alice
48
a poem he types
with his index finger
Fay
49
the pony
neck outstretched nibbling
at cherry blossoms
Alice
50
hanging low
a rainbow bridge
Alex

51
spring picnic
on the river—
Ratty's idea
Alex
52
reading the dialog aloud
they decide to switch roles
Alice
53
WANTED
her yearbook photo
before the surgery
Fay
54
prize winning squash
sixteen pounds
Fay
55
my littlest daughter
pasted on her forehead
a fallen leaf
Alex
56
first day of school
such  a long reading list!
Alice
57
autumn melancholy
the dog psychologist recommends
painting his house
Alex
58
one of the Getty's Monets
is said to be a copy
Alice
59
Pickpockets'Association
incumbent president
leads in the poll
Fay
60
along the entire west coast
the current reverses
Alex
61
steel supports
of a cigarette billboard
almost sawed through
Alice
62
rushed to the emergency room
after Xmas dinner
Fay
63
freezing moon
in chapter 5 they find
another body
Alice
64
Nautilus can't break through
the Arctic ice pack
Alex

65
traffic jams
the narrow lane
to the weeping statue
Alice
66
orthodox church
bullets rake the wall
Alex
67
barefoot dancer
in a wide brimmed hat
visits the rabbi
Fay
68
a clockmaker's dream
of mechanical bees
Alice
69
at the bottom
of the Indian Ocean
black box
Fay
70
they all swear they saw
a bird thought to be extinct
Alice
71
thud
rogue elephant
drops to the ground
Fay
72
velvety paper
made from mushroom
Alex
73
fresh apple pie
scraping the whipped cream
off the top
Alex
74
the thin moon
looks somewhat lonely
Fay
75
in the studio
he keeps adding one more track
of his own voice
Alice
76
Einstein explains
weight of light
Alex
77
a stored glow
given back at dusk
cherry blossoms
Alice
78
sister city celebration
kite masters from Osaka
Fay

79
spring chill
but she chooses
a mini skirt
Alice
80
love triangle
at the fire department
Fay
81
between floors
I switch off
the elevator
Alice
82
executive tryst
turns into a company merger
Alex
83
Mrs. Robinson's
dildo party
starts on time
Fay
84
main question in the line
who's taking so long
Alex
85
Hindu temple
cow's dung
everywhere
Fay
86
the coyote coughs up
bits of bone and fur
Alice
87
911
answered
by a serial killer
Fay
88
licensed practical nurse
pleads no contest
Alex
89
election week
mayor stands at the turnstile
shaking hands
Alice
90
jury duty notice
sent to a scarecrow
Fay
91
orange moon
thunder eggs and their shadows
on the caldera floor
Alice
92
eye of a typhoon
they run to a liquor store
Fay

93
drift boat
tied to this snag
above the fishing hole
Alex
94
broken taillight mended
with criss-crossed duct tape
Alice
95
local coffee shop
they've stopped asking me
what I'll have
Alice
96
a weekend painter
specializing in humming birds
Fay
97
on the drill field
army reservists
discuss day jobs
Alex
98
reflection of spring clouds
on the glassed skyscraper
Alice
99
friendship garden
carp pushing through
cherry petals
Fay
100
her butterfly collection
all photographs
Alex