At the February 2013 residency, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Karen Campbell led a renga party, a chance to come together, experience Japanese treats and traditions, particularly the tradition of the renga. This ancient Japanese poetic form brings people together to write communal poems, each person adding more lines. Here is our renga on the theme of place, culture, home and endings:
Snow dims the trees
that sheltered our autumn conversations.
Moonlit halo of bone-cold radiance
memories forgotten, remembered
if only for an instant
This song is stuck in our heads
Its persistent melody in the collective bloodstream
Pulsing haunting beat
promises a rushing dawn
we turn for one last glance
at the burning embers of the fire.
Yellow sparks flare, fad, drop, then grayed ash.
Memories on top of ashed memories.
Deep and penetrating into the night.
Sleep is not present
all that is here are memories
wrapped around the firs and pines
like snow, as snow, carrying
the ending to come out of this season
and as the ending comes,
we look forward to new beginnings