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First Bite: An Autumn Triparshva (Side 3)

As side 3 plays, First Bite spins to a close. Massive thanks to Julie, Cindy and Ashley for taking the leap with me… am already excited about the shape our next project may take.

the record spins clk

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

last piece of the puzzle
her body nestled
against mine

CK

*

bare foot in the kitchen
her teeth chatter la cucaracha

JB

*

the record spins
gathering blues
at dawn

GN

*

warmth kicks in
the womb

AM

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first buds
appear under
her t-shirt

CK

*

lips on the wine glass
blooming red

JB

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First Bite: An Autumn Triparshva (Side 2)

First Bite Side 2 CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

nightfall
grandfather’s stories flicker
in the flames

GN

*

we observe the animal
spines unusually fluid

AM

*

the dam
in full bloom
he feels no pulse

CK

*

sunburnt skin and sweat
beneath him

JB

*

not wanting
to show my heart
this first morning

GN

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she tries too hard
with bar stool French

AM

*

on the second bottle
a surge
of waves

CK

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a long walk home
breathing steam into her v neck

JB

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still cold —
the moon lengthens
my stride

GN

*

a child could measure
and die, like the leaves

AM

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First Bite: An Autumn Triparshva

While I have been leading the summer ginko group through their marvellous Snake Weather, I have also been taking part in our Autumn collaborative poem, this time with Ashley Martin, Cindy Keong and Julie Beveridge. To mix things up a little, we decided to write a Triparshva. Enjoy this first bite…

First Bite CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

the first bite
of autumn
red apples

CK

*

seasoning the pie
it’s raining again

JB

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a koel calls
we slip into
each other

GN

*

armed with pillows
I like your shadow

AM

*

hide and seek
the moon wears
a golden halo

CK

*

in keeping with tradition
we pray hand in hand

JB

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part vi)

With this sixth part of our renga, ‘The Crow’ has come to an end. It has been a thrill as always working with Ashley and Cindy; already we are planning an Autumn renga, so watch this space over the coming weeks. For now, enjoy the final flight of The Crow.

Branches Stripped CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

tissues pile up
every branch
stripped bare

*

face to face
with the wind

*

genealogy is all
you sleep in
a rented suit

*

unworn for years
this memory

*

clouds pass
the confused heads
of sunflowers

*

paperboy on your starlit route
the dark turning into birds

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part v)

mist rises CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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funeral procession
seeing more
of my mother

*

flamenco
with his ghost

*

mist rises
the sound of our
shadows touching

*

arm to arm
my son’s first steps

*

at the border
a crooked finger
fear of frost

*

letter from home
cracked on the fold line

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part iv)

Bougainvillea blush - clk

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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drunk again
the blush of
bougainvillea

*

that we might have
bigger fires

*

Australian quality
stainless steel legs
on the lawn swan

*

so deceptive
the neighbour’s manicured nails

*

deaccelerate
as a gymnast slips
wetly off the bar

*

sun warmed
the orphaned nestling

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part iii)

rearview - AM

[photograph by Ashley Martin]

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milky saucer
cat’s got
your ebbing tongue

*

again…
the pond turns silver

*

rear view mirror
leaving town
at the lights

*

half a palace you bragged
our names in glyph

*

looking around
to ensure no one sees -
naked ladies

*

the gardener’s
toothless grin

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part ii)

Renga part ii- CLK

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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he sets back his watch
one hour
to save himself

*

three hairs on the pillow
give her away

*

one night stand
the weeds in the garden
nameless

*

city workers
the sisters will not reconcile

*

at the altar
the complete absence
of prayer

*

an act of defiance
her perfume lingers

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The Crow: A Summer Renga (part i)

Ashley, Cindy and I have teamed up again to write a renga to celebrate each of the seasons in 2013. And already the excitement is building between us! We are also hatching some other exciting plans at present, so stay tuned. For now, the first six links in our summer renga, ‘the crow’.

the crow

[photograph by Cindy Keong]

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the crow
has a song for it
summer heat

*

the drip, drip
of humidity

*

they gave up
because of the highway
silverfish, so soft bodied

*

on the front stairs
nothing but your shoes

*

autumn moon
your side of the bed
empty

*

shoppers notice lights
already  turned on

 

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