Illustration of four helmets by Kyousai Kawanabe

Non-collaborative Renku

Green Node

before the tigers / lived on cold mars – the man cat / dreamed of his people
then – tigers were only a / yellow and black idea

it howled above the / rust red sand at night – how was / the man cat to sleep
dry eyes make no tears – so the / moonlight is hard on the skin

martian flowers bloom / only in hot houses and / still they die early
the man cat prayed to the / tiger / god ares for water

and in the cloudless / dawn – the ice moon melted / above / an iron field
purple streams ran through manmade / canyons and filled with the dead

was ares really / a god – or some demon / wanting / a new domain
desire is a meaty / blossom / that can eat any brain

tigers – like weapons / for harvesting life – rose from / the water – laughing
they smelled people and tore the / door off of every house

the man cat said to / ares – stay your army – you / can live inside me
but sly ares – a wild / animal / saw in this a trap

he said – happy child / you want to be my tamer / but I can eat you
and the man cat said – tame or / no – tigers must have gardens

a tiger without / a garden to plant its life / in dries up too soon
ares sat still for some time / there was no moon remaining

and the sunlight / investigated / every / side of this small god
the fire in his eye was to / destroy him and all tigers

atop the tower / the wind smelled of dead insects / no one was laughing
ares said – will you have this / sad shell of a deity

and the man cat said / if i can have your name – you / will roar through my mouth
ares rose above the man / cat and melted into him

the people were all / dead – roaming tigers listened / to weeds by the road
were they to be the / inheritors / of a cold hard sphere

on the hot breath of / ares man cat – their names lived / like flowering grass
black rye – crab stew – spring eddy / sour root – cicada – dog fish

a daydream – like an / early thunder cloud – shaves time / off of the morning
every blue tiger eye / was a sea in the red noon

100 Haiku

#1 — owls in the autumn / field whisper like dead snow crabs / beneath my cold roof
#2 — before there was skin / we insects dreamed of tearing / off our yellow shells
#3 — cats howl at night for / harvested fish are soon but / a cold cloudy dream
#4 — the dead eat from blue / blossoming trees in hot still / gardens of the moon
#5 — the black insect wants / to eat the skin off of my / face but i say no
#6 — tigers on the dead / shore of night eat melting ice / from a yellow moon
#7 — a man with no house / to live in must walk the dead / roads of the wild dog
#8 — the insect people / tear up owls with their green mouths / on a snowy night
#9 — the insect people / tear up owls with their green mouths / on a snowy night
#10 — the iceman will laugh / at your song of cold tears and / the dogs hard journey
#11 — in the dead of night / she still whispers to a man / beneath the concrete
#12 — a yellow eyed man / skins a small cat in the house / of the sleeping rats
#13 — the moon man comes out / of the walk in freezer with / a dead dogs blue eye
#14 — the cat with a life / to give up eats musty crab / shells from the black stream
#15 — purple insects fall / from the cold moon to live in / sleepwalking people
#16 — will a fishman walk / the shore at night when its friends / freeze into the ice
#17 — does elvira have / dead people on ice in her / refrigerator
#18 — red rain melts through the / blue skin of the dead dreaming / of a road to life
#19 — people in dog skins / rise from the red sand to eat / the blue insect meat
#20 — you are the cat that / tears the hot skin off my dreams / with hardly a smile
#21 — your one eye can freeze / owls so they drop like black tears / in the winter sun
#22 — if the concrete dog / barks at you you can laugh in / its cold lifelike face
#23 — flying catfish from / the moon tear cicadas out / of the red ice clouds
#24 — the laughing woman / skins people alive like dogs / beneath thunderdome
#25 — you say you can sleep / at night but the dead are like / insects in black rice
#26 — ice fish whisper to / sleeping cats in red snow on / the shore of the moon
#27 — insect people have / many eyes and can see you / while they are sleeping
#28 — the owls can be mean / but the dodos small head is / harder than concrete
#29 — the shivering man / makes a blue journey at dawn / on the tiger road
#30 — the happy cat and / his man eat dandelions / in the red moonlight
#31 — the tiger falls on / his face like a whisper in / the hot evening
#32 — while fly – this are sleep / and soon tear – it is listen / how very always
#33 — the sound of a blue / fish eating a red cat is / like green ice melting
#34 — the dogfaced man shaves / his mouth by the light of a / moon like cold bear meat
#35 — the dr gives one / drop of cicada tears to / the sleeping plantman
#36 — the moon people op / erated on the man to / give him a cats eyes
#37 — the whispers of the / werecat melt on my skin and / still i have no tears
#38 — i have your dreams by / eating the black flowers that / bloom beneath paris
#39 — he tears off my shell / and investigates before / i rise from cold sleep
#40 — he says that the pain / beneath my skin is but the / blue tigers whisper
#41 — it is no happy / dream that eats through him from the / inside like hot lye
#42 — howl – shivering dog / in this wanton life you will / always eat shaved ice
#43 — his heresy was / to leave the meat out of the / refrigerator
#44 — when i drop my walk / man in the water i see / the face of satan
#45 — deface my red moon / laughing within the icemeat / of the insects dream
#46 — the mouth of the were / flower can tear through a mans / skin like rose petals
#47 — the dice will say if / you live or walk the road of / sleep to our dead moon
#48 — i give up to the / crabman and face destiny / beneath the hot sand
#49 — dr sades eyedrops / melt my face like the breath of / a dead laughing dog
#50 — the werecat walks in / with meat falling from his mouth / and i drop the soap
#51 — we live only while / insects creak in the dead night / like yesterdays ice
#52 — my spirit lives with / out dreaming like the nightlight / in the black office
#53 — insects rise from their / pupae and investigate / the dead mans blue face
#54 — cat maned demon – I / hear you howling in the hot / night – you eat the dead
#55 — i outlive the fall / through the ice blue clouds to an / early winter moon
#56 — hey man – want to see / my friend sam eat insect tac / os – its a riot
#57 — i leave at your side / a deadly asp from the green / moons of orion
#58 — when will we melt in / the black rain that falls from the / mushroom cloud – too soon
#59 — light blossoms on the / dome and i pass through the eye / of our insect moon
#60 — demon – give me the / rope i want to leave you tied / up with – you are dead
#61 — give me your blue breath / journeyman – the night flower / blooms in the dead dog
#62 — the inside ice can / melt if black ions pass through / the light pyrite shell
#63 — the dice soon leave you / with no house or friends – so give / up your wanton dreams
#64 — we freeze like dead meat / while the yellow eye scans the / field for live people
#65 — we the ape people / eat fish – dog – cat – man – any / meat that can be shot
#66 — i make soup out of / tree bark – skin – and a dead childs – tears i harvested
#67 — be still – william / while i stare into your eyes / and eat the dream there
#68 — your sad tiger has / no eyes but my tiger can / see it shivering
#69 — i will give you this / dog skin and a dead fly for / that can of sheeps eyes
#70 — the diseased stand out / side your house and whisper a / bout your sleeping child
#71 — you leave me with no / water – like clouds on the road / to el dorado
#72 — there is no door out / of the sleepers dream and we / must face the iceman
#73 — heed my saying – if / the slayer lives then you are / walking with the dead
#74 — you and i whisper / as rain falls on the roof of / the opera house
#75 — maker – come through the / door of my shell and plant your tree / in the black snow
#76 — your face will melt in / the light of the autumn moon / when you are erased
#77 — a dog rises from / its sleep hearing thunder at / the foot of the dam
#78 — if i offer you / to the sadist he will make / you into his dog
#79 — i will be here for / you when you give up between / the yes and the no
#80 — dead god shivers on / his moon as i satan rise / from my ice prison
#81 — they come from beneath / our house – foaming at the mouth / like hells man faced dogs
#82 — i am food for the / whale – falling into the cold / lightless rift alive
#83 — when the destroyer / comes o lion – walk beside / me into the sun
#84 — the mans cold smile makes / me shiver – and there are lice / that live on his head
#85 — satan – whisper to / the cold a i – raise demons / of light and thunder
#86 — inside the whale i / cannot see and the crabs eat / my dead friends eye out
#87 — how many drones must / i fly in to you before / you listen to me
#88 — open – i say – the / road to your pyramid – o / eye of the black sun
#89 — do not hate dr / andoros – he will give me / your face when you die
#90 — god in the pc / answer me this – will you slay / my foe on soundcloud
#91 — do not hesitate / destroy the hissing insect / child while you still can
#92 — pest – leave your shell – come / up from the yellow slime – and / be the fly you are
#93 — the tiger man breathes / in the heady aroma / of his dreaming friend
#94 — shave my cat face – eat / the red ice from my mouth – make / me sweat – i dare you
#95 — eaters of the dead / may i sit with you at your / meal – the cold is hard
#96 — beast aamon – i ran / the file – leave the see p you / make my skin your house
#97 — the he of the they / wants dead my i from its side / of this cold between
#98 — beneath my skin is / an apeman – i am his meat / and mouth – he wants you
#99 — android – scan my face / with your red eyes – while i live / you are my domain
#100 — cold toothed moon cat – freeze / my hot tears into a star / for the dead of night

Image: Four Helmets, late 19th Century, by Kyousai Kawanabe