Home for the Holidays: a Rengay
by Wilda Morris and Joan Chaput

train whistle
in the distance
moonglow on the tracks

cold husky paws
mittens on the child’s hands

on the boarding platform
small boot prints
in the slush

with a smile
conductor collecting tickets
chevron mustache

through the window
snowman with a red plaid scarf

train plowing
up the mountain
emissions from the smokestack


Editor’s note: Rengay is a form of linked verse created as an alternative to the Japanese form renga or renku. The form was devised by Garry Gay in California in 1992. A rengay consists of six thematic haiku verses and is normally composed by two or three poets.


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