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#twenga

2017 – 2018

#twenga is an annual renga
of 100 Verses on Twitter
Sabaki (Lead Poet) – Gavin Wade
Host Poet – Paul Conneally

#twenga8

Alison Raybould @jamray
James Kennedy @jameskcentral
Cathy Wade @cathy_wade
Emma Bolland @emmazbolland
Mathew Parkin @mathewparkin
Paul Conneally @LittleOnion
Yvette Gresle @yvettegresle
Gavin Wade @eprjcts
Patrick Goodall @artpickdarkpot
Sid Sidowski @sidowski
Tina Francis @tinafrancis15
Brenda Hickin @brenda_hickin

 

31 December 2017 – 3 March 2018

 

#1
first footing
a hot drink and a mince pie
to see in the year

#2
a circle of plant pots
haloed by thawing snow

#3
days off and on
till the moon falls in line
with the calendar

#4
cold down pressure
back from daylight saving

#5
in crystal peaks
Tom whispers a familiar joke
in his husband’s ear

#6
delicate raku pots
pulled from the embers

#7
the swirl and swoop
of late evening bats
over Lake Wannsee

#8
high tea taken on
the low veranda

#9
before the bridge
at Stratford be sure
to remove your stove pipe

#10
grinding to the skatepark
on Chelmsley Wood

#11
a line of patients
on stretchers and wheelchairs
outside A&E

#12
roles reverse as she rescues
her mam’s dropped stitches

#13
crying on the stairs
she sits with me and says
let’s have five minutes

#14
absorbed in each other
we form a looping meniscus

#15
buds come back
you don’t expect it
but they do

#16
trip you up in blue bell
patches of sunlight

#17
Alexander holds up
the weirdest looking kite
Mabel has ever seen

#18
eternal footprints
in pristine moon dust

#19
faces lit
by bottle rockets
and Catherine wheels

#20
the Empress dreams
of an October revolution

#21
for years they talk
this and that
until one moves up

#22
in the dog days dogs
nodding in the dust haze

#23
Abu Wad’s roses
bloom in the rubble
of Aleppo

#24
x stitch more radical
than socialist worker

#25
without reserve
bravely we fight against
all backwardness

#26
the compass in the heel
of his first lace ups

#27
a song rings out
from deep in the hawthorns
a fallen blossom

#28
the meteorologists
plan a spring wedding

#29
his daughter asks
where the bunny comes
in the Easter story

#30
dwarfed by the
ovum’s corona

#31
her busy thumbs
emoticon love
on the Waterloo train

#32
a car park corner
one shoe left behind

#33
hurling insults
at the presidential
press conference

#34
kayaking solo
fighting the raging current

#35
a hedgehog
ready for hibernation
walks the back border

#36
ochre moons
pressed into clay

#37
bitter fruit
stains the gin magenta
curls my tongue

#38
his wild drag
stuffed in a rucksack

#39
the whole family
piled on the sofa
in post lunch rapture

#40
her foodbank donation
weighs heavily on her

#41
lamentations
are also songs
voices lost

#42
will action be taken
in the wake of Grenfell

#43
maybe we can trust
the blockchain
as it kicks into gear

#44
we search in vain
for a public toilet

#45
repeatedly
slashing the canvas
Lucio vents his spleen

#46
feasting parasites
outside and in

#47
archipelagos
off the coast
of Mozambique

#48
bandits in the hills
not far from Guernica

#49
writhing on the floor
howling and desperate
for quick fix cat sex

#50
take me to the Limit
one last time

#51
Tina’s love letter
breaks the rules
in writing class

#52
at Sunday School
a non-believer daydreams

#53
our skeletons show
a symmetry
so often denied

#54
moons cluster
around your neck

#55
after torrential rain
wandering stars
pause on pavements

#56
head torch trails
my Autumn morning runs

#57
where goats fear to tread
vertigo strikes above
the inviting Greek surf

#58
paterfamilias
lost lines folding over

#59
between clean sheets
we two boys together
clinging

#60
soft catkins
are hawthorn too soon

#61
even the old
feel the sap rising
with the day length

#62
greens in a pan
with ash and ember and fat

#63
a suitcase of lemons
a parting sharpness
smoke in our trail

#64
that face you pull
that says I’m sorry

#65
drunk on moon rays
dysphoric octopuses
dream of the city

#66
conkers cascade
onto infertile tarmac

#67
in the puddle
a skein of geese
is heading south

#68
alliance not defiance
painted on a banner

#69
the staff meeting
about the upcoming
women’s strike

#70
sweat and dust map
the pitcher’s forehead

#71
eyes back and forth
nose up and down
breathing sweet box

#72
Lucy’s lungs relax
after the initial chill

#73
Zephyrus leaves Thrace
to warm Hyacinth
by the West wind

#74
cast off figureheads
on museum walls

#75
she sends me
a pair of long socks
and tells me to visit

#76
your travel
is covert colonialism

#77
sharing a Fluitje
in traffic watching
the sirens pass

#78
the sex museum
is closed for repairs

#79
our love, not archived
as acts and artefacts
but fluid, live

#80
nice people
look the other way

#81
carillion calls
for help for help
the wolves the sheep

#82
standing in the snow
singing bloody hymns

#83
steam rising
in the vestry a kettle
to defrost the font

#84
text me
when you get home

#85
pages of passion
he speaks with the rhythm
of Wolverhampton

#86
graffiti blooms
hunting pike down the cut

#87
en passant
chess and chorizo
in the olive tree’s shade

#88
public private partnerships
asset stripping schools

#89
doodling furiously
super heroes appear
during chemistry

#90
silver strands
caught in a hairbrush

#91
half-remembered
a bowl of persimmons
by the window

#92
moonrise, Puerto Rico
1995

#93
the rice planters sing
of earth wind and fire
the birth of art

#94
they search for a code
to unlock the response

#95
a four colour
cherry blossom tattoo
to cover his name

#96
young hummingbirds
hone their skills

#97
angling the jib
to mark the equinox
Tony parks the crane

#98
rough sleepers waiting
for something to change

#99
everyone knows
there’s nothing better than
clean fresh underwear

#100
lemon, cucumber, tonic
and evergreen pleats