Highbush Gleanings A Renhai by Jerry McKenzie (jm), and Vaughn Seward (vs) Written Oct 10-16, 2008
The dust and roar of the old Case thrasher — field of barley. /vs
Highbush cranberry aroma — /jm sound of chickadee staccato. /vs
We make toast from whole grain rye — boiling jelly pot. /jm
Theme: Harvesting Season: Autumn Link 1 to 2: Roar / Staccato; Dust / Aroma. Link 2 to 3: Cranberry / Jelly. Link 3 to 1: Grain (Rye / Barley).
This Renhai was written with Jerry McKenzie who owns a farm not too far from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Highbush cranberries can be made into a delightful jelly preserve despite its distinct and somewhat unpleasant odour. Perhaps the chickadee will harvest these berries in the coming weeks and months. The last verse is a word image of Jerry's kitchen the day he and his wife turned their highbush cranberry gleanings into jelly.
From "The Haiku Anthology" I became interested in Haiku and I have since written numerous haiku, senyru, and tanka. "Masago", my haiku pen-name, means "grain(s) of sand" in Japanese. I have recently started learning Esperanto and Japanese. A few years ago I developed a new eastern verse form which we now call 'Renhai'.