a burn of light

Autumn renga composed at Dawyck Botanic Garden, September 30th, 2013
by Colin Will, Gerry Loose, Morven Gregor, Stewart Keith, and with an opening verse by Taneda Santoka.


I sit down

in the midst of

my local dialect

                grey cloud threatening

                shining ceramic

a burn of light


ten thousand leaves

                is that the tree

                that smells like toffee?

parachuting spider

do you care

where you’ll end?

                freewheeling Dylan in Dawyck

                no hard rains after all

I’ll give you

the big half

of the apple pie

                fattening fruit

                the grower eyes each one

tea from the terraces

green on green

fold on fold

                coorying in

                wool blankets and rum

home comforts

out the window

on a starless night

                drinking until dawn

                a hint of hyacinths




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