By gardenpoets

Here is the renga we wrote at the Botanics. Thanks to Colin Will for being the master, and to all the poeticipants!

Everything new

A 20-verse (nijuin) renga held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 27th July, 2013

sun going in

sun coming out

poplars clapping

tall lads

from Lombardy

until the new moon

only bumble bees

and butterflies

wasps turn an old fence

into a new nest

white space arrives

between times

thorough and lost

a long tea break

throwing snowballs

quick water settles

and branches out

little wet presents

your laughter

splashes my heart

kids grow up

so fast these days

she’s taller than I am

without moving their feet

lilies dance

little boy comes in

wants to see

to the other side

hearing the geese

high above me

a pewter bothy



scuffing leaves

until you laugh again

a salmon fights

for home, back

but not back again

four girls

in search of a tan

pop the cork

slainte mhath

and how are you

who folded the petals away

so carefully

pale clouds

of spring

clothe the branches

everything new

under the sun.

Renga hosted by Mandy Haggith, led and with a schema by Colin Will. Poets in the circle: Eva, Mary, Barbara, Roger, Mandy, Mitch, Colin, Des, Anita

Source: Walking With Poets