Written for:  Carpe Diem #1704 Beachcomber . . . Renga with Jane Reichhold

“Today I have chosen a prompt taken from Jane Reichhold’s “A Dictionary Of Haiku”, a modern saijiki, from the section Summer, subsection livelihood: Beachcomber. A beachcomber is a person who participates in the activity of beachcombing, an activity that consists of an individual “combing” (or searching) the beach and the intertidal zone, looking for things of value, interest or utility.”

The task for you today is to create a Renga With Jane Reichhold (1937-2016) using the following haiku:

missing the malls
on the ocean beach
she gathers shells
are trinkets of such import?
outdoor treasures are free

high tide
the beach leaves a mark
in her book
she moves her blanket farther
resettles her reading lap

afternoon wind
all the beachcomber’s words
blown out to sea
holds tightly to burlap sack
keeps his discoveries safe

cold beach walk
on sun-warmed car seats
two sweatshirts
snuggle into warm shirts
shiver as wind blows cooler

a special beach
I put a pebble in my mouth
before leaving
rinsed in sea salt waters
Ii feel the smooth roundness

smelling the light
on her tanned shoulder
home from the beach
reluctant to rinse scent of
coconut, leave light of beach

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

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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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