The Words for Wellbeing Organisation

Phantoms of the Outside and In

A Half Nijuin Renga in an autumnal August at An Inn for the Phantoms of the Outside and In


Pull back the curtain

see the phantoms dine.

Breaded sole, anyone?


Marvel at the orange, yellow and faded browns

their falling colours rhyme


crunching underfoot playing

the moon briefly hanging

can we see the man in


out again

and the ball is lost


cold creeping climate

rushing in

dark white lining barred in


I will not rest

until I find the door


my heart is open

meet me by the tree

chains of love endure


green springing from

deathly cold hallows – to taste the grain


finches dangle

from the buddleia

beware the gardener


cutting, slicing, preparing

an exquisite feast


the living ain’t easy

six long weeks

and how to entertain them?


they will follow their own lives




Verses by: Jo, Eileen, Fiona, Lynne, Annie, Maggie, Morven, Heather.


Host: Morven

Master: Colin

Guide: Gerry


Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Saturday 7 December 2018


Note: the title of the renga is borrowed from that of a sculpture by Martin Boyce at Mount Stuart.

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