For a number of years now my Wednesday Writers group has been engaging in a group practice, a Japanese poem form called a Renga. A Renga consists of a Haiku (a verse withe lines of 5,7,5 sylables), then two lines of 7 sylables, another Haiku, and two more lines. One person starts and passes the last line to the next person who passes her last line to the next, and on around the seven or eight of us. I collect the whole Rengas and print them out to share at the next session. Yesterday, Karen sent me her last line: (keep in mind I have no idea what else she wrote or what anybody else before her wrote. We won’t know till we meet on Wednesday and read these aloud to each other.)
Karen’s last line: Thank you God, so generous.
And so I began:
So generous god
Egg plant, delicata squash
One small cantaloupe
This late harvest blessing us
Feeds the body and the soul.
Even now as leaves
Still green on the high branches
are tinged with sunset
I give back to the good earth
Seeds, poems, a grateful heart.
So this also is serving as my Poetry Postcard poem for today. A postcard with an art image that has nothing to do with October or the harvest but feels abundant to me, full and colorful, like this season. Like this group of writers.