Renhai Reflections 128: Popped to Please

Popped to Please

A Renhai by Vaughn Seward (vs) & Zhanna P. Rader (zh.r)

A buttery scent
emanates from the kitchen —
a three-voiced "Popcorn!" /zh.r

Each popped kernel, threaded... /vs
the garland hangs on her neck. /zh.r

The lights come on —
bits of popcorn on my lap
and in the seat. /vs

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Renhai Reflections 127: Renhai Essay

Renhai, a New Verse Form: Frogpond (Summer 2009)

An essay I wrote on the orgins of Renhai was published in the Summer (2009) issue of Frogpond (Volume 32, Number 2). The Frogpond journal, edited by George Swede and Anita Krumins, is an official serial publication of the Haiku Society of America. The essay has just been made available on-line here:



Renhai Reflections 126: Sounds of Rebounding

Sounds of Rebounding

A Renhai by Toshiaki Koike (tk) & Vaughn Seward (vs)

Dazzling wall —
each voice of summer
reflecting off. /tk

Sudden heavy downpour — /vs
bounces on the roof. /tk

Glistening tans —
clearing the net, the ball
hits the sand. /vs

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Renhai Reflections 125: Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

A Renhai by Vaughn Seward (vs) & Zhanna P. Rader (zh.r)

A car speeds off —
a pop can and a wrapper
added to the trash. /vs

Distant thundering sounds — /vs
wind shifts the surface dust. /zh.r

Runover possum
on my gravel shoulder —
turkey vultures. /zh.r

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Renhai Reflections 124: Wee Interactions

Wee Interactions

A Renhai by Vaughn Seward (vs) & Janice Thomson (jt)

Buzzing bees
swarm around spirea
laden with pollen. /vs

An ant scurries higher — /vs
peonies scent the air. /jt

Rose bramble —
a sated earwig sleeps
inside a bud. /jt

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Renhai Reflections 123: Grains


A Renhai by John W. Sexton (jws) & Vaughn Seward (vs)

The sun rises
over the red planet
as Phobos sets. /vs

Ghost-river in its arid bed — /jws
the landbooster skims near. /vs

The shell cities
now grains of sand, rotted empires
simply methane. /jws

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[This was written with John W. Sexton from Ireland, and was just published in the June, 2009 issue of the Lynx Journal for Linking Poets.]


Renhai Reflections 122: Fleeting Attractions

Fleeting Attractions

A Renhai by Vaughn Seward (vs) & Zhanna P. Rader (zh.r)

Patch of phlox —
at each flower a bee
seems to hurry. /vs

Spider web, dew-jeweled — /zh.r
a butterfly flits and flutters. /vs

A young man
strolls through the mall —
flirty skirts. /zh.r

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Renhai Reflections 121: In the Thick of It

In the Thick of It

A Renhai by Janice Thomson (jt) & Vaughn Seward (vs)

Faint figures
sway mutely before me —
thoughts thicken. /jt

Earth and sky joined together — /jt
the sun, but a distant memory. /vs

Only the sound
of small lapping waves, and...
a muffled horn. /vs

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Salad Dressing Recipe, Part II

Back in May I shared an
Oil and Vinegar salad dressing recipe that I had been working on. I recently tweaked it a bit by adding the following spices:
  • Thyme (powder): 1/4 tsp
  • Italian Seasoning: 1/4 tsp
Please give this variation a try... I hope you like it!


Renhai Reflections 120: Be My Guest

Be My Guest

A Renhai by Zhanna P. Rader (zh.r) & Vaughn Seward (vs)

Through the garden,
he walks ever so slowly —
the size of a fist. /zh.r

The sound of crunch-crunching: /zh.r
a snail in the toothless mouth. /vs

A butterfly lands
on the black-and-orange back -
half-dome house. /vs

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[This is about turtle experiences and was written for young readers.]