Sonora Desert

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #91 Renga With …. (hineri) Sonora Desert

I will give you six haiku, but from those six I have chosen two which are already in place. I will try to explain the goal this time, in this Hineri Renga, two of the given haiku have a place in the renga you just have to add your two lined stanza of approx. 7-7 syllables. This time those haiku are the first and the third haiku of the six. Those two haiku cannot appear on an other place in your renga.

Here are the haiku to work with and create your Renga with … Jane Reichhold:

Teddy Bear Cholla

Teddy Bear Cholla (Sonora Desert)

1. among dune grass
silver bleached logs
and a perfect day

2. overcoming rocks
a stream of cacti
slowly spreading

3. desert ways
branching all over
cholla cactus

4. alone and asking
to be touched
teddy bear cholla

5. writing
desert poems
pencil cholla

6. desert sunset
cholla cactus sticks
to the light

© Jane Reichhold (Extracted from “A Dictionary Of Haiku”)

“So the task is to create a Renga With Jane Reichhold, but the 1st and 3rd haiku have to stay on their place. Add your two lined stanza and take the opportunity to creat a renga with one of the greatest and renown modern haiku poets … Jane Reichhold.”

Here is my attempt:

among dune grass
silver bleached log
and a perfect day
to paint beauty of desert
all the layers of color

writing
desert poems
pencil cholla
how much growth will cholla see
a brand new shape will emerge

dessert ways
branching all over
cholla cactus
becomes new figure and hue
light heads on dark bodies

overcoming rocks
a stream of cacti
slowly spreading
base is thick and stronger now
able to hold additions

alone and asking
to be touched
teddy bear cholla
watch out for hidden spikes
this teddy bear can’t be hugged

a desert sunset
cholla cactus sticks
to the light
dune grasses start to darken
a perfect day is ending

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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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