Saturday, June 16, 2007

Renga - Cold Blast

Cold blast at Coldingham

A renga written at Coldingham Bay, Berwickshire, 14 June 2007
by Anna Dickie, Jo Gibson, Hilary Graham, Colin Will (I've added the picture of the ragged crow, which is based on one of my photographs.) Colin's kindly put some notes on his blog about renga see here.

cold blast

coast path -

a photo would deceive

cow parsley dances, ragged crow

balanced on the breeze

dogs fetch kelp stalks

bark at the surf

the wind wags its tail

ghosts of bathers look up

at a shrouded sun

a bench sags at its centre

where long-gone lovers

leaned together

summer crouches low to the ground

one bee on a tuft of thyme

stony-faced lichens

watch the waves

dash pebble hopes

silver spoon

eaten by the ocean's hunger

year wanes

bashed neeps -

lunatic tide


sand-blasted driftwood

gannets cut cold words

into a sky thinned

to membrane

bramble flowers -

jam tomorrow

[verse attributions: AD 1, 7, 9, 10; JG 4, 8, HG second line of 2, 5, 6, 11, CW 3, Combined 12]


Blogger Colin Will said...

I've put notes on renga on my own blog (

The Coldingham one wasn't quite the coldest one I've done. That would be the one at Dawyck Botanic Garden at the end of October some years back. We* sat outdoors on the platform, with only a bamboo screen for shelter (it didn't) for six hours.

* As I recall, Alec Finlay, Martin Lucas, Jayne Wilding, Vicky Feaver, myself and others.

8:26 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Wow! Thanks for full explanations. I feel all renga-ed up now! Beautiful verses, and although I've seen the photo before, it's striking enough to warrant many re-visits.

12:13 pm  
Blogger Verilion said...

Wow this poem is way cool. And Renga sounds way cool too. Maybe we could do one over at the Lions Writing Circle? Have you suggested that?

2:59 pm  
Blogger Cailleach said...

I thought this was really well caught - love the sparse images!

Will visit Colin's too!

9:26 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

The verses are very evocative - and I love the picture.

5:56 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks all, it was fun to do.
V feel free to suggest it -I'm not even sure where to look to post it, I'm a nitwit that way.

12:14 am  

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