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

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