Renga with H.F. Noyes

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1523 H.F. Noyes’ … rusty toy truck (Renga With …)
“This episode I love to challenge you all to create a renga together with H.F. Noyes as we do in that special feature “Renga With …” I have chosen six haiku to work with. You can make your own “line-up” and than add your two lined stanza to make it a wonderful renga in honor of Noyes.”
“Tom’s interest in haiku began through study of R. H. Blyth’s four-volume Haiku. Noyes’ work appeared in poetry journals worldwide and in many anthologies, including collections published in the USA, Canada, Slovenia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, India, Romania, Italy, Portugal, Greece, and England. His favourite authors were Thoreau, D.H. Lawrence, and Dostoevsky, and his favourite poets were Frost, Jeffers, Yannis Ritsos, Francis Ponge, the T’ang and Sung Dynasty poets, and the old masters: Basho, Buson, and Issa of Japan. In Modern Haiku (2008, 39:1, p.125) H. F. Noyes wrote: “Re definitions of haiku, I honor Basho’s, ‘Do not follow in the footsteps of the ancients. Seek what they sought.’ If they could speak from beyond the grave, Basho, Buson and Issa would caution that a haiku is not a product of mind, but of heartmind. The most precious ingredient in a haiku that ingratiates itself with us is likely to be spontaneity . . . an unselfconscious catching of the haiku spirit as it flies. The depth reflected is chiefly through afterthought in readers’ minds. The writer is content to convey a sense of wonder.”


Empty Beach in the Moonlight

bright fall day
the brook wanders off
its shimmer lingers                              © H.F. Noyes

glazed by the sun’s brilliance
darkening, late afternoon                   © Sara McNulty

rusty toy truck
stuck on the mudbank
a cargo of blossoms                            © H.F. Noyes

at center of photograph
someone sees the beauty                    © Sara McNulty

raking aside leaves
on the backyard and pond
I release the moon                            © H.F. Noyes

light falling and pooling
creating a clear evening                   © Sara McNulty

evening walk
the creak of my boots
invades the stars                              © H.F. Noyes

quiet in a silver sky
no sound except my own step       © Sara McNulty

full moon rising
nowhere on the empty beach
to hide our love                                © H.F. Noyes

forms a wide disk across sand
reveals glow of jellyfish                  © Sara McNulty

as if nothing happened
the crow there
the willow here                                 © H.F. Noye


the brook stills in place
no trace of shimmer lingers            © Sara McNulty

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to Renga with H.F. Noyes

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice collaboration Sara!


  2. Very nicely crafted renga Sara.


  3. rivrvlogr says:

    Well done, and this response is perfect:

    quiet in a silver sky
    no sound except my own step


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