Bernoulli Effect

“Such fragile wings”
– Jim Harrison (Day Twenty-Three – 28 Days of Unreason)

 

It is this air
That is fragile –

Carries your hints
But cannot hold them,

Gives way to gesture,
Breaks into wisps,

Suggestions
Easily swept aside.

But when you caught
Your breath,

Amassed its density,
Felt portent spreading

Like wings,
You took flight –

Your anger aloft
On nothing but words

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renga – Jumpstart (Qbit/nosaint/Colorful/Frank)

 

“28 Days of Unreason, Day 29…”
– Jilly & Co.

Frog and hare on edge,
Foxtail sways, old pond’s shadows –
Jump or not to jump?

Fox’s report splits branches
Allies leap in heartquake vaults

Lily pad launches
Lively ladybug among
Aphids airing out their woes

Fox slows down and all is well
Walking through the patient trees

Bated breath of storm –
Leaves anticipate deluge,
Hold sway in the boughs

Quiet rush ’til sky gives way
Painted gray shadow wings rise

Heron thunder bird
Races cumulonimbus
Clapping lake approves

Water waving through the sky
We are now a bigger pond

Frogs croak, old pond gone,
Nature breaks the covenant –
Sea and sky are one

One million hop-lake tadpoles
Mother clouds shoosh that racket

Fish fragment the noise
Gluttonous gills gather light
arc pearlescent sky

Pond grows calmer colors rise
Rainbow over bright rainbow

 

 

Authors & Madpersons: Qbit/nosaintaugustine/Colorfulpen/Frank Hubeny

Casting Bricks Sept Challenge

Renga – Jumpstart (Qbit/Jilly/Charley/Madaket)

“28 Days of Unreason, Day 29…”
– Jilly & Co.

Frog and hare on edge,
Foxtail sways, old pond’s shadows –
Jump or not to jump?

Tortoise shows to nose the hare
Frog legs leap, avoids the soup

Frog bumps hare in Spring
Hare bounds into the tall grass
Startles bedded dear

Impertinent deer, “Oh dear!”
Fall wisdom nixed Spring fancy

Zen Master lovers
Fold paper cranes with Basho –
Order and Chaos

Learn, then break the rules, says he
Radicalizing the form

Winter eyes the cranes
They Spring into Summer flight
Faux birds take the Fall

Into old pond’s dusk waters,
Hibernation stills the beat

Fox spits paper bones,
Frogs croaking frozen dinner –
Lovers Leap gone cold

Sandhill cranes take up the call
Mates for life, return to pond

Deer at edge of pond
Drinks dusk water as sun sets
Tall grass splits, hare springs

Sunlight catches water’s edge,
Laughter leaps in Basho’s eyes.

 

Authors & Madpersons:  Jilly/Charlie/Madaket/Qbit

Casting Bricks Sept Challenge

 

 

Renga – Jumpstart

“28 Days of Unreason, Day 29…”
– Jilly & Co.

Frog and hare on edge,
Foxtail sways, old pond’s shadows –
Jump or not to jump?

[You’re Next! – 7 Syllables]
[7 – syllables]

[Repeat 5/7/5  7/7]

 

Administration, Thoughts, Plots, Plans &tc:

OK, this is my attempt at a group Renga, part of Jilly’s September Casting Bricks Challenge.  Some background and basics on how I think this might work are here.

The “theme” or prompt is the quote on top.

This collaboration is 2+ person Renga in a lightly traditional 5/7/5, 7/7 (repeat) format.  Target of  12 stanzas. By lightly, I mean no need to stick with the specifications for Renga that go down to the line level (although nobody would stop you).  Feel free to use nature as a springboard (or not), use season words if so inspired. Let’s go for the most interesting, completed poem more than worry about anything else until we get better at it.  Down the road we can try for tighter rules, fewer rules, or no rules, or all in combination at once!

Jilly, Charley, Madaket and I will do a test run of the above challenge to shake out how this will all work using blogging tools.  But if people are interested, sign up in the comments below and either we can kick off the same theme/starter lines in a new Renga with others, or we can start something new, or invent your own. I suspect that it will take a bit of coordination and planning between the authors to kick one of these off, so let’s use the comments to sort all that out, then launch the actual collaboration post.

Here is the basic theory of operation: writers will copy their next stanza in the comments.  Probably best to include the line you are pivoting from.  Then the “owner” of the post will move them up to the top, so there is a nicely formatted version when done.

If anybody has other ideas or experience with all of this, please don’t be shy.  We have no idea what we are doing, which is really great. Uncertainty at its best.