From Dew to Sunset with Richard Wright

One magnolia
Landed upon another
In the dew-wet grass
­                                                            Blushing petals pink on cream
­                                                            But only for a moment
Make up your mind, Snail!
You are half inside your house,
And halfway out!
­                                                            You left a silver greeting
­                                                            In a meandering trail
Keep straight down this block,
Then turn right where you will find
A peach tree blooming
­                                                            Steeped in aromatic dreams
­                                                            Soft skin and the sweetest fruit
All right, You Sparrows;
The sun has set and you can now
Stop your chattering!
­                                                            Flock bare branches with your wings
­                                                            Play hide and seek with the moon
I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away
­                                                             I must search among shadows
­                                                             Find myself again in dreams
You moths must leave now;
I am turning out the light
And going to sleep
­                                                             I must rest my sleepy eyes
­                                                             You must fold your winter wings

Richard Wright                                 Kim M. Russell 30th October 2018

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My response to Carpe Diem #1532 Richard Wright’s ‘A Red Sinking Autumn Sun’

Carpe Diem’s sixth anniversary month is almost over and we have reached the letter W for Richard Wright (1908-1960), author of “Native Son,” and “Black Boy” and a poet. During the last eighteen months of his life, he discovered haiku and began writing his own – in all, over 4,000 haiku. Our challenge is to create a renga with Richard Wright from six given haiku.

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