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XV:3, Oct., 2000

LYNX  
A Journal for Linking Poets    
 
   
  In these Participation Renga from Lynx  you will find links from:

AB 
Alice Benedict

BJ
Bob Jessup

CC
Carlos Colon 

CF
Vikki Maldonado

CG 
Cindy Guntherman

CSK
Carol Stroh Kemp 

dht
Doris H. Thurston 

DR 
David Rice

DWP
Darrel W. Parry

EF 
Eric Folsom

ESJ
Elizabeth St Jacques 

FA 
Fay Aoyagi 

FP
Francine Porad 

FPA
Francis (Paul) Attard 

GD 
Gene Doty 

GM 
Giselle Maya

GR 
George Ralph

JAJ 
Jean Jorgensen

JC 
Jeanne Cassler

JMB
John M. Bennett

JR 
Jane Reichhold

JS
John Sheirer 

JSJ
Joyce Sandeen Johnson

KCL 
Kenneth C. Leibman 

LCG 
Larry Gross

LE
Lesley Einer

LJ
Lael Johnson 

MHH
Madeline Hoffer

ML
Minna Lerman

MM 
Marianne Marks

MWM   Mary Wittry-Mason


Nika 

NA
Nasira Alma

PC
Penny Crosby 

PGC 
Pamela Connor

PJS
P.J. Sharpe 

PS
Pat Shelley


Ronan 

RF 
Robert Flannery

SCH 
Suzette Hains

SD
Simon Doubleday

SMc
Steve McComas  

TLG
Terri Lee Grell

TV 
Teresa Volz 

TW
Tundra Wind 

WR 
Werner Reichhold

YH 
Yvonne
Hardenbrook

ZP 
Zane Parks 

LYNX
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Lynx does not edit hokku or links in this section. However, links that clearly neglect the hokku poet's guidelines will not be published.

Once a renga is established, Lynx publishes all branches of that renga, as long as poets keep feeding them links.  Lynx drops any hokku or branch that no one feeds. The previous links are printed in one line just to save space.

Send your links to us by email with the words "participation renga" as subject line.
You may also send your links by regular post to: LYNX, POB 1250, Gualala, CA 95445, USA.

 

LYNX
DEADLINE FOR LINKS:

January 1, 2001

 


    BE BLANK
1-line links theme: blankness
ENDS WITH THE NEXT ROUND
Last Chance to add on to this one!

Be blank my startled thigh (foam JMB
Hirshhorn canvas better blank (crap KCL
form of perfect writhing JMB
on my arm a hand made basket JR
woven around space dht
the eggless nest <> just her size JR
a body of water
without reflections GM
the glass bell missing its clapper PGC
no lead in his pencil cg
neon light in the fog, "paper" JMB

nothing flashy JAJ

with the poems written on the universe JR

~*~

Be blank my startled thigh (foam JMB
Hirshhorn canvas better blank (crap KCL
form of perfect writhing JMB
on my arm a hand made basket JR
woven around space dht
the eggless nest <> just her size JR
a body of water
without reflections GM
the glass bell missing its clapper PGC
no lead in his pencil cg
nudissimo RF

song without end JAJ

~*~

Be blank my startled thigh (foam JMB
a sea of faces JAJ
: ) ] : ( [ : o # 8 ( { : ) x CC
school skeleton dead tired FPA
erased blackboard JSJ
galaxy unspun cocoon () surge JR
damply in the darkened tree JMB
white on white dress JSJ
a wall from which ivy was torn GM
pine ash beech oleander FPA
waiting for her to blossom GM

faintly a small star falls WR

not even one apple JAJ

~*~

Be blank my startled thigh (foam JMB
a sea of faces JAJ
: ) ] : ( [ : o # 8 ( { : ) x CC
school skeleton dead tired FPA
erased blackboard JSJ
vanishing chalk marks that add up to zero CC
melted snowballs JSJ
plowed unplanted field cg
( ) JSJ
the "name" list reversed JMB
empty cookie jar JSJ

dry arroyo JAJ

absence of an abscess tooth CC

two more pills getting rid of diabetes WR

~*~

GENTLY WIPING DUST
Alternate 3-line and 2-line links for 100 lines
Theme: impermanence, transitoriness

gently wiping dust from grandmother's photograph october windsong TW
warm fall days chill at sunset BJ
last rush of color outdoing itself virginia creeper PC
nights behind closed eyes images in red float by JR
taps at sunrise opening daylilies on their graves PC
flowers of our youth gone everyone MM
mind wasting memories disappear one by one JAJ
haiku eagle gliding in a sea of chance LCG
meteorite streaks across the night sky
sudden cool breeze MWM
morning sun on a bayou mist KCL
first snow already melting dancing barefoot JAJ
thinking of Tundra buying new shoes TLG
breath suspended overhead ... the northern lights in slow dance JAJ
father and son pause for a long moment RF
breeze changing course weeds in the dark field bend again GR
up ahead another hidden curve ESJ
SOFT SHOULDERS warning he glances at his wife their fiftieth year GR
finishing the school of hard knocks YH
digital display counting down the failing heart GD
she tries to add up all the good times YH
was never very good at math MHH
one more short story attempt
into the waste basket GR
sharp edges cutting through the trash bag shadows leaking out GD
thickening juice from the black beans can JMB
long time on shelf honey crystallizes sticky jar JSJ
mustard seeds pop in hot oil GD
it will be a cold day in July when I cook again YH
even the firecrackers refuse to light a rainy fourth! dht
indoors all afternoon two boys play Civil War
one gray; one blue RF
refugee children / strangers to laughter PGC
stray sniffing / stranded starfish / gray sky's cold FPA
mackerel clouds reach every horizon piling the sea JR

broken thermometer
poisonous mercury
scatters everywhere JAJ

dancing
a pas de deux
for one more night WR

~*~

gently wiping dust from grandmother's photograph october windsong TW
warm fall days chill at sunset BJ
last rush of color outdoing itself virginia creeper PC
nights behind closed eyes images in red float by JR
taps at sunrise opening daylilies on their graves PC
flowers of our youth gone everyone MM
mind wasting memories disappear one by one JAJ
haiku eagle gliding in a sea of chance LCG
meteorite streaks across the night sky sudden cool breeze MWM
morning sun on a bayou mist KCL
first snow already melting dancing barefoot JAJ
thinking of Tundra buying new shoes TLG
breath suspended overhead ... the northern lights in slow dance JAJ
father and son pause for a long moment RF
breeze changing course weeds in the dark field
bend again GR
up ahead another hidden curve ESJ
SOFT SHOULDERS warning he glances at his wife
their fiftieth year GR
finishing the school of hard knocks YH
digital display counting down the failing heart GD
she tries to add up all the good times YH
was never very good at math MHH
one more short story attempt
into the waste basket GR
sharp edges cutting through the trash bag
shadows leaking outGD
thickening juice from the black beans can JMB
long time on shelf honey crystallizes sticky jar JSJ
mustard seeds pop in hot oil GD
it will be a cold day in July when I cook again YH
even the firecrackers refuse to light
a rainy fourth! dht
indoors all afternoon two boys play Civil War
one gray; one blueRF
refugee children / strangers to laughter PGC
stray sniffing / stranded starfish / gray sky's cold FPA
returning for Easter / without painted eggs / from a far place GM

the rabbit
in the dark of the moon WR

~*~

gently wiping dust from grandmother's photograph october windsong TW
warm fall days chill at sunset BJ
last rush of color outdoing itself virginia creeper PC
nights behind closed eyes images in red float by JR
taps at sunrise opening daylilies on their graves PC
flowers of our youth gone everyone MM
mind wasting memories disappear one by one JAJ
haiku eagle gliding in a sea of chance LCG
meteorite streaks across the night sky
sudden cool breeze MWM
morning sun on a bayou mist KCL
first snow already melting dancing barefoot JAJ
thinking of Tundra buying new shoes TLG
breath suspended overhead ... the northern lights in slow dance JAJ
father and son pause for a long moment RF
breeze changing course weeds in the dark field
bend again GR
up ahead another hidden curve ESJ
SOFT SHOULDERS warning he glances at his wife
their fiftieth year GR
finishing the school of hard knocks YH
digital display counting the failing heart GD
she tries to add up all the good times YH
battery low the calculator reads "ERROR" GD
the new player late for the first game RF
dealing cards to an empty chair
  careless of how they land GD
face-down $10,000 poorer CC
richer for the experience bottoms up YH
"How do you stop a wino from charging?" CC
at the end of that rainbow no credit card cg
back to the diner waiting tables JSJ
old woman slips jelly packets into her purse cg
mistaking a condom / for a condiment GD
runs her tongue / over red lips, / snaps her purse shut cg
Quiet out at sea the boat sinks JMB

Swirl of your soul
into the siren's
whirlpool CC

belly up
as we like it
both WR

~*~

gently wiping dust from grandmother's photograph october windsong TW
warm fall days chill at sunset BJ
last rush of color outdoing itself virginia creeper PC
nights behind closed eyes images in red float by JR
taps at sunrise opening daylilies on their graves PC
flowers of our youth gone everyone MM
mind wasting memories disappear one by one JAJ
haiku eagle gliding in a sea of chance LCG
meteorite streaks across the night sky sudden cool breeze MWM
morning sun on a bayou mist KCL
first snow already melting dancing barefoot JAJ
thinking of Tundra buying new shoes TLG
breath suspended overhead ... the northern lights in slow dance JAJ
father and son pause for a long moment RF
breeze changing course weeds in the dark field bend again GR
up ahead another hidden curve ESJ
SOFT SHOULDERS warning he glances at his wife their fiftieth year GR
finishing the school of hard knocks YH
digital display counting down the failing heart GD
she tries to add up all the good times YH
was never very good at math MHH
one more short story attempt into the waste basket GR
sharp edges cutting through the trash bag shadows leaking out GD
thickening juice from the black beans can JMB
long time on shelf honey crystallizes sticky jar JSJ
mustard seeds pop in hot oil GD
it will be a cold day in July when I cook again YH
even the firecrackers refuse to light a rainy fourth!
  dht
indoors all afternoon two boys play Civil War
one gray; one blue RF
turned up by the plow / a musket's firing plate GD
breaking / in the dustpan / last wedding cup cg
after three years divorce papers JSJ

Solomon
sharpening
his sword CC

JUST DAUGHTERS
7 links
theme: family relationships

In the graveyard/a carved stone angel/with my daughter's face GM
grandma in her rocker / turning clouds into faces cg
"get water from the well"/she said, wanting me/ out of the kitchen GM

my thirst is floating back to other liquids WR

mother and son
discuss making pickles JAJ

~*~

In the graveyard/a carved stone angel/ with my daughter's face GM
grandma in her rocker / turning clouds into faces cg
after thirty years / I still miss her / my dead sister JAJ

in a dream again
back to playing hide and seek WR

~*~

In the graveyard / a carved stone angel / with my daughter's face GM
grandma in her rocker / turning clouds into faces cg
grandpa playing  / solitaire JAJ

"Don't trust.
Don't talk.
Don't feel." RF

dad's third marriage
I learn my new brothers & sisters
one step- at a time CC

 

MOST BEAUTIFUL GAME
7 Links
Rule: each link is a question; no answers!

What are the rules / for the most beautiful game, / and who can play? RF
rather like / a Miss Universe pageant / don't you think? JAJ
uni verse / or multiverses RF

If not my link
then whose? CC

will that be Visa
or Mastercard? JAJ

~*~

What are the rules / for the most beautiful game, / and who can play? RF 
What are you seeking / when you smile / at strangers? JSJ
Would one more dance / convince you? JAJ

Your shoe
or mine? CC

what's the joke
about navel seamen?  JR

~*~

What are the rules / for the most beautiful game, / and who can play? RF
If she sends him / one perfect rose / will he call or hide? cg
Is it better / to burn? / or to marry? JR

Is anything better
than making more
nuclear bombs? RF

Can this phoenix rise
again from the charred
ashes of summer? CC

When will you
make up your mind? JAJ

~*~

What are the rules / for the most beautiful game, / and who can play? RF
What are you seeking / when you smile / at strangers? JSJ

Where do we come from / Why are we going? GM

Do you see that
very bright star? JAJ

 

TIME
with 3, 2 liners up to 12 links
Theme: time's length and limits

birds winging south / no speed limit / only time JSJ
for how long / this dream? RF
clocks changed again - / spring ahead / fall back GM

Nasira waiting for us
at the edge of eternity CC

patches of snow
mound of primulas in bloom JAJ

~*~

birds winging south / no speed limit / only time JSJ
for how long / this dream? RF
sleepless / how long the hours / of night? JSJ

both hands point
in the same direction CC

~*~

birds winging south / no speed limit / only time JSJ
cop lights / in the rear view mirror cg
braking on a dime JAJ

shelf life
of a Susan
B. Anthony     CC

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