all my children
remember my birthday
sultry afternoon [Cara Holman] the plaintive cries of fledgling hawks crazed evening traffic [Yousei Hime] dragonfly bravura pigeons huddle [John Daleiden] in the park bandstand a midnight rain I snag and release [Margaret Dornaus] a frog from the house daytime buzz - [gillena cox] the mosquito i slapped on my arm letter from Rome— [Ernesto P. Santiago] am I liable? monsoon wind [Angelo B. Ancheta] what would complement this traffic jam Fog slips over the hilltops [ina Roy-Faderman] tickling a lone mockingbird. wet with dew [Linda Hofke] wildflowers fold into themselves a whispered lullaby tuning out [Julie Warther] yesterday and tomorrow They flew from their nest [Lisa Hills] over summer’s fresh blooms a lofty call on my moonlit kitchen [Christine L. Villa] drips of watermelon juice almost midnight [Asni Amin] should I stay or should I leave lullaby of a cricket alone again [Christina Nguyen] in the feathered nest early birdsong [Kirsten Cliff] facing the same direction all four horses in the meadow [Ernesto P. Santiago] with one last laugh it’s the new born child [Johnny Baranski] who gets the last laugh severe drought a dragonfly nestles [Kathy Uyen Nguyen] in the clown’s wig light reflected [Angela Terry] off the pond the sounds clouds make the right word grasped [Kathy Uyen Nguyen] in willow fragments pillow talk [Kat Creighton] the early morning chatter between nests on which I scribe each night [Ernesto P. Santiago] the non-visual geometry silence, I speak… [Ernesto P. Santiago] the unspoken language of the unkai late for work again [Sanjuktaa Asopa] the faded-jeans sky may birthday candles [John Daleiden] light the path to happiness… live a full life firelight flickers [Kirsten Cliff] on the mountainside bee-wearing (con)tests [Ernesto P. Santiago] the many diverse views among (our) haijin morning sunshine [Cara Holman] birthday wishes across the web Credits Asni Amin….. A Walk in My Heart Angelo B. Ancheta Sanjuktaa Asopa….. wild berries Johnny Baranski Kirsten Cliff….. Swimming in Lines of Haiku Gillena Cox …..Lunch Break Kat Creighton John Daleiden Margaret Dornaus….. Haiku-doodle Lisa Hills Yousei Hime….. Shiteki Na Usagi Linda Hofke….. Linda’s Life on the Other Side Cara Holman….. Prose Posies Christina Nguyen….. A Wish for the Sky… Kathy Uyen Nguyen….. Origami Lotus Poetry Ina Roy-Faderman….. Fluff and Nonsense Ernesto P. Santiago….. Otsenre P. Ogaitnas Angela Terry Christine L. Villa….. Blossom Rain Julie Warther
For a while now, I’ve been pondering how to celebrate my birthday, writing-wise. And here’s what I’ve come up with. From now until my birthday (July 23), please join me in creating an online renku. I’ve done this twice in the past, and it was so much fun! You can read the previous posts here and here.
For this renku, the rules are simple. I will start it off, and then in the comments section, add a couplet, if the last verse was haiku, or a haiku if the last verse was a couplet. What to write about? Anything in July, in your part of the world. Flora, fauna, senryu, stars, sunshine, cold (if you’re in the Southern hemisphere), dishes, soapsuds, food, trucks, trains, boats, and planes, clouds, puddles, pruners, cell phones, kids, birthdays, books, music, stones, swimming pools, the beach, tidepools… It’s all good!
Please leave your name, as you’d like it to appear, and also your blog/website link if you have one. On my birthday, I will put together a post with everything I’ve received to date, and that will be my present to myself! So have at it. And have fun. 🙂