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First Bite: An Autumn Triparshva

While I have been leading the summer ginko group through their marvellous Snake Weather, I have also been taking part in our Autumn collaborative poem, this time with Ashley Martin, Cindy Keong and Julie Beveridge. To mix things up a little, we decided to write a Triparshva. Enjoy this first bite…

First Bite CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

the first bite
of autumn
red apples

CK

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seasoning the pie
it’s raining again

JB

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a koel calls
we slip into
each other

GN

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armed with pillows
I like your shadow

AM

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hide and seek
the moon wears
a golden halo

CK

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in keeping with tradition
we pray hand in hand

JB

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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga (part ii)

The summer ginko group have now reached the half-way mark of their ginko. Here’s links 10-18 written by / between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross, Andrew Phillips for you to enjoy.

snake weather part ii

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

promotional sale
we buy each other white

DS

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passion fades
in the dune grass
still swimming

AS

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an incoming tide draws
closer the stars

CK

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winter’s bone
the city sleeps
beneath his pale face

KB

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the letter must be written
snowfield at dawn

CL

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expecting a call
from my sister
not feeling hungry

TR

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she waves her pony tail
flies away

JW

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naked
spring buds dress
the branches

HR

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one eye
of the submerged frog

AP

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part vi)

With this sixth part of our renga, ‘The Crow’ has come to an end. It has been a thrill as always working with Ashley and Cindy; already we are planning an Autumn renga, so watch this space over the coming weeks. For now, enjoy the final flight of The Crow.

Branches Stripped CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

tissues pile up
every branch
stripped bare

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face to face
with the wind

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genealogy is all
you sleep in
a rented suit

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unworn for years
this memory

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clouds pass
the confused heads
of sunflowers

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paperboy on your starlit route
the dark turning into birds

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Snake Weather: A Summer Renga

Our recent ginko through Karawatha Forest has spun off into a summer ginko. The group have been sparking off each other, resulting in some really exciting leaps. Here’s the first quarter of Snake Weather, written by / between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross, Andrew Phillips.

Snake Weather CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

snake weather
he kisses his teenage daughter
on the mouth

DS

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storm clouds hide
an innocent sky

AS

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at the roadside
the empty arms
of a mother

CK

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cane fields watch
with a promise of fire

KB

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she bleeds out
in the back paddock
harvest moon

CL

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red flowers falling
they await the results

TR

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black parrots’ beaks
in the heliconia
skeletons rise from the woods

JW

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limbs entwine
love whispers its melody

HR

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she falls back
breathless into lounge arms
rolling credits

AP

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part v)

mist rises CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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funeral procession
seeing more
of my mother

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flamenco
with his ghost

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mist rises
the sound of our
shadows touching

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arm to arm
my son’s first steps

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at the border
a crooked finger
fear of frost

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letter from home
cracked on the fold line

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nature trail: a haiku sequence

To follow on from yesterday, here’s a selection of my own haiku from the Karawatha State Forest ginko…  the place, the poets and their poems continue to resonate…

[photographs by Cindy Keong]

Nature Trail CLK

nature trail
the song of crickets
becomes a stream

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summer sky
seen through eucalypts
seen through

Karawatha CLK

ants
on the fallen eucalypt
all moving

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leaves
among them
the lizard’s tail

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Summer Ginko: Karawatha State Forest

Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a ginko (haiku walk) through Karawatha State Forest. Ten of us gathered to revel in the beauty of the summer morning that awaited us and of course, share in the wonder of haiku. So after a pot or two of authentic Japanese green tea (thanks Andrew) and recitations of some of the groups favourite summer haiku, we all set off to walk, and importantly, find a place to be still, to become one with the surroundings.

After an hour and a half of walking, contemplating and sketching from the senses, we gathered again and shared our experience… and some fine haiku were composed as a result. I am excited to share a selection of the group’s poems, along with some photographs by Cindy Keong.

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lizard
in a shadow
the kookaburra misses

Helen Ross

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crossroad
i want to go both ways
again

Trish Reid

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Rusted Bark CLK
Cindy Keong

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heavy sun
crow pleads
with the rusted tap

Katherine Battersby

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cicadas suddenly silent, all the burnt gum trees

Chris Lynch

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after the storm
one root of the grey gum
my broken toe

Andrew Phillips

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Roots CLK

Cindy Keong

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flashing sunlight at my eyes     butterfly

John Wainwright

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stubbing my toe
I mimic the crow’s call

Cindy Keong

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Quartzite Man CLK

Cindy Keong

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under a black wing
ants feast
the sky moves on

Andy Smerdon

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snake weather
he kisses his teenage daughter
on the mouth

David Stavanger

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The group will now compose a renga, leading off with David’s ‘snake weather’, which was voted the most resonant poem by the group on the day… Am looking forward to sharing that with you in the coming weeks.

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