Beneath Northern Hills

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Beneath northern hills
a green, shining lake
dappled with fallen leaves
………………………….. David

Speckles of fungus,
dead tree still standing
………………………….. Branko

Stalked by a grey heron —
the floating isle
of Midorogaike
………………………….. Richard

Sleepy, at this water’s edge,
where wild boars roam
………………………….. Hitomi

By the roadside,
alone with his ghost,
a taxi driver dozing
………………………….. Ursula

Goddess of the pond,
her silent face
………………………….. Tomiko

Feels like
a reed pipe
playing in the distance
………………………….. Teruko

A lunatic scream
pierces the air
………………………….. Branko

Uprooted trees
shelter their young —
echoes of the Ice Age
………………………….. Akira

Feeding the marsh,
a handful of sprinkled acorns
………………………….. Hitomi

Green brooch
on a red sports-car:
the praying mantis
………………………….. Mayumi

The mood of these trees
in all their colours
………………………….. Gerald

Poets wandering
beside the lake —
cold hunter’s moon
………………………….. Ayako

At last, one bubble
makes it to the surface
………………………….. Tito

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Editor’s footnote: this ginko-no-renga was composed after a memorable composition stroll around Midorogaike (Midoro Pond) in Kitayama, Kyoto on 4 Nov. 2018. It was compiled by David McCullough with assistance from host, Branko Manojlovic. Most but not all of the 13 participants got a verse in. We hope to do another by a pond in Osaka next spring!

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6 Responses to “Beneath Northern Hills”

  1. Margaret Mahony Says:

    Hauntingly beautiful

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  3. I enjoyed reading each haiku and the way it’s edited. The whole group seemed to have been in a myth and came back to the reality with one bubble in the end.

  4. talking of bubbles – there is a spider that lives inside one…

  5. Thanks David for weaving our thoughts and observations together in this composition. Thanks Branko for choosing the location and giving us its history which was expressed at different moments in the Renga.

    The walk around the pond was quite peaceful. Akira’s verse reminded me that a mental health care hospital was next to the area of uprooted trees.

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