Renhai Reflections 15: But One

Yet Another Solo Renhai

But One
A Renhai by Vaughn Seward
August 18, 2008

Picket fence —
a missing board lying
on the grass.

Roadside loosestrife,
one stalk flat down.

Birds in the hedge —
all of them bluebirds
but one, a sparrow.

Theme: One among, different
Season: Summer
Link 1 to 2: Lying flat; Herbiage.
Link 2 to 3: Blue.
Link 3 to 1: Hedge / Fence.

This solo Renhai was inspired by a clump of loostrife that grew across from our backyard most of this past summer. Loostrife is considered a weed but I love their beautiful little bluebell-like blossoms that run up each stalk:



J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I feel like the sparrow....

polona said...

i've read through your previous posts (phew, a lot of catching up to do) and i think i'm going to really enjoy this series :)

jem said...

These are the kind of observations that draw my eye, spotting the odd one out.

Thanks also for the introduction to loostrife, new to me, both beautiful to look at and with a fantastic name!

Janice Thomson said...

I didn't get the 'blue' link - here the loosestrife is a bright deep pink :) I think it's beautiful too but here they try to ban it as much as possible. Some of the most beautiful flowers to me are so-called 'weeds'. Loved the idea of odd one out in these verses.

Borut said...

You got me unprepared! Bluebirds, loosestrife!? A true linguistic New Found Land for a country boy from Central Europe!?:)
Thank God! A sparrow!:)

Janet said...


petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Love poetry. I, too a writer, more specifically a screenwriter, but
the different intrepretations left to the reader are remarkable. You described the inspiration to this poem which helps, but I think it's fascinating how others interpret a poem. I've gotten so many on
"Maria". It was very nice meeting you. Petra

Masago said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!

Andrew: :-) I know what you mean.

Janice: Yes, I know that in some places it is more pinkish-purple. Here this year it was blueish shading to a dark purple... very pretty.

Janet & Petra: Thank you visiting and commenting. I hope to see you back as we explore this new form.

Borut said...

Giving us a lot of time to reflect upon this One!?:)

John McDonald said...

enjoying this vaughn

Masago said...

Borut: Yes, the pace was/will be a bit slower than with the Rengay Through the Seasons series. :-)

John: Thanks.

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