Renga Roundtable • Spring 2011
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Becky Smith

Blue Moon Ale

Becky Smith & Kate Eagler


strawberry moon

Becky Smith also participated as an
author in the following renga:


Kasen "Haiku"

Momentum Carries Us

weekend drive
with the windows down
her escape

winter blues
melt away with the snow

music loud
to drown out the pain
of the distance

she can't wait
to see her lover

blue moon ale
leaves a bitter taste
on my tongue

taking the first drink
of bittersweet revenge

cloudy day
out of the dirt
surprise lilies

falling into step
with his words

marching band plume
with spring rain

lost shoe in the mud
her prince returns it

backyard picnic
wiping off
her lipstick

speeding home
regret written on her face

darkened road
a tree
in her path

a vision of him
appears before her

romantic glances
with his eyes
moon struck

life after the college womb

she paints
a penguin
with cherry blossoms

and a bright red heart
outlined in the middle

trees begin to turn
colors of fall
in my paint pallet

she turns the page
and begins anew

his breath
the back of her neck

chills trickle down her spine

snowed in
we listen
to the wind

in the last

chocolate smeared
on her nose

valentine card
full of words
but empty

the roses

the moon changes
just as
we do

time stops—

books piled high
held up
by a beer

he decides to go to the bar
instead of writing that
paper due soon

one too many beers
the guy looks
at another guy

eyebrows raised
they approach each other

he closes his eyes
only to see
cherry blossoms bloom

late summer night
draws to a close

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© 2011, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.