A za is a group of friends who write renku together. Renku is a Japanese chain-linked poem.

10.03.2006

36. Final Stanza [m]

outside the bear's den
a crocus begins to sprout

35. [h]

the space shuttle's tiles
glow red upon re-entry
on this warm spring night

10.02.2006

34. [m]

an eagle swoops down
on a kid...drag 'n fly

9.29.2006

33. [h]

that dragonfly
just kissed me on the cheek,
as if to say "Hello!"

9.28.2006

32. [m]

the boy enters all muddied
and faces mother's grimace

31. [h]

you flies have no shame!
can't you indulge your desire
somewhere out of sight?

30. [h]

a tiny white butterfly
teases a playful puppy

9.27.2006

29. [m]

at the entrance
of the dog house i find
a missing slipper

9.24.2006

28. [h]

the dried husk of a dead fly
on my dusty window sill

9.21.2006

27. [m]

the left-overs
had been inside the fridge
for several months

9.19.2006

26. [h]

a stallion neighs excitedly
behind the barn's closed doors

9.17.2006

25. [m]

i get on
the toboggan behind five
bigger kids

9.15.2006

24. [h]

the blind man's eyes are squinting
in the bitter winter cold

9.11.2006

23. [m]

nothing good
on TV, so we look for
a pay-per-view

9.10.2006

22. [h]

lacking inspiration
I leave the paper blank

9.07.2006

21. [m]

the feel and smell
of a freshly-made bed with
clean sheets

9.06.2006

20. [m]

a gray owl descends
on a mouse in the snow

9.05.2006

19. [h]

on this cold morning
steam rises from the surface
of the warm porridge

9.01.2006

18. [m]

the world war one ace
banks his smoking biplane

8.30.2006

17. [h]

in the nursing home
an old man coughs and splutters ...
then finally croaks

8.29.2006

16. [m]

after the football match
the frog in his throat worsens

8.27.2006

15. [h]

the old frog jumps in
sending ripples through the pond
in the autumn twilight

8.24.2006

14. [m]

can you reach in the cupboard
for the jars and sealing rings?

8.23.2006

13. [h]

as the sun rises
they practise the ancient art
of Yang-style tai chi

8.22.2006

12. [m]

the morning's wash hangs
on the backyard clothes line

8.21.2006

11. [h]

deep inside my head
the musty curtains flutter
in an autumn breeze

8.19.2006

10. [h]

beneath the tree's yellow leaves
two snakes cuddle in the sun

8.17.2006

9. [m]

my regular order
is called out: half decaf
no foam soy

8.15.2006

8. [h]

a monk in a mountain cave
chants Om Mani Padme Hum

8.14.2006

7. [m]

the highland warriors
raise their shields as archers
fire a volley

8.13.2006

6. [h]

the mosquito coil's grey smoke
swirls up towards the ceiling

8.11.2006

5. [m]

a swarm of moths
flit around in the dim light
under a lamp

8.10.2006

4. [h]

a drunk kicks a beer can
down the dark, empty street

8.09.2006

3. [m]

we sprinkle wax
on the surface of our new
shuffle board

8.08.2006

2. [h]

on this white sandy beach
the smell of salt in the air

1. [m]

hot day...
a badger bites the nose
of a grizzly bear