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COLORENGAS

 

Cerenga
Ebenga
Ivenga
Orenga
Redenga
Rosenga
Verdenga
Violenga
Yellenga

 

The above linked poems have 12 one-line links. Each poem uses a color theme and
at least every third alludes to a color. The color itself can only be mentioned once in
the entire renga although one may refer to various shades of the color, such as
chartreuse instead of green. Verdenga alludes to green, Ebenga to black and Ivenga
to white. The Colorengas were created by Alexis K. Rotella on the 19 March 1997.

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella 1997

 

EXAMPLES :

BLUES [Cerenga] with ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
BLACK MAGICIAN [Ebenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
THE CRY [Ivenga] with ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
CALIFORNIA POPPIES [Orenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
PRICKLY PEAR [Redenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
PINK CADILLAC [Rosenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
EMERALD EARRINGS [Verdenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
LAVENDER DRESS [Violenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
SUNFLOWERS [Yellenga] with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

BLUES

A Cerenga with ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
London and Los Gatos, California

21 March - 28 April 1997

 

 

blues into night

the jazz musician's marshy smell

cornflowers              the morning after

topaz ring articificially dyed

ordering curacao to match her shoes

admiring the bumps in his jeans

a glimpse of indigo           sweat shop

Titian sky with tiny bird

stains on the aquamarine swimsuit

she sells her turquoise ring for booze

the collection of lapis lazuli           her raison d'etre

morning glories from Grandma's forgotten seeds

 

 

 

 

Copyright ai li and Alexis K. Rotella 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

BLACK MAGICIAN

An Ebenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London
21 March - 27 April 1997

 

 

 

the famous trial attorney a black magician

he grows lignum vitae

the last rites revive her

widow's tweeds suit the young blonde

full of beer           the men who face the tornado

fairy lights dimming night

native offering a small plane yams

ibiji carving in the shadow of a hut

apache tears clutched tightly           again comes the grief

eye patch on the victor

coal garden on the dresser           staring into it

memories of the dark hole of calcutta

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

THE CRY

An Ivenga with ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
London and Los Gatos, California

19 March - 24 April 1997

 

 

 

the cry of an orphan elephant              masai mara

ivory beads        she says they're only glass

the monocle cracks on her cream dress

pearl cadillac convertible           filled with altar boys

off-white thong on the wash line

Sobi Shi's codpiece blows into the lily bed

out of wind        pouring milk into coffee

the white cat sits on her bridal gown

in the unopened box              shroud

vanilla ice-cream           tonight's hospital dessert

framed in a dark window              full moon

albino buffalo        ushers in the Aquarian age

 

 

 

 

Copyright ai li and Alexis K. Rotella 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

CALIFORNIA POPPIES

An Orenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

21 - 22 March 1997

 

 

 

California poppies           the hills aflame

ellendales pale at noon

the gold in a house           chinese new year

a dowager's smile           one tooth glinting

"Orangiiiiiiina" I call again to the night

sunset captured on paper

the bonfire of old love letters

fresh juice from mandarins           cooling down

pumpkin people on the porch           one waves

the shade before red           autumn leaves

monk washing saffron

temple spires at dawn

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

PRICKLY PEAR

A Redenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

27 April - 4 May 1997

 

 

 

in the prickly pear           startle of red

moist on the slab              calf's liver

his scarlet tongue inside me

crimson panties on the natural blonde

garnets spill from the pomegranate

fake blood on the movie set

dipping them in chocolate           heart-shaped strawberries

the ruby above cleavage

my white dress with cherries no longer fits

lingonberry pies in her freezer

a street walker who looks like Carmen

remembering poppies at Verdun

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

PINK CADILLAC

A Rosenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

3 - 4 May 1997

 

 

 

the Mary Kay cadillac putters along

in front of the Pink Poodle           his license plate

a chunk of rose quartz in the mailbox

lifting my mood        the pale        Mexican primrose

two streaks of blush on the manager's cheeks

the memo admonishes women not to wear baby pink

Madam Alfred roses        blossom in the shade

in a dress matching her boudoir           Barbara Cartland

the glass of gin with angostura bitters           untouched

conjunctivitis giving eye colour

uncovering spigelia root in dark earth

a finger moist from me

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

EMERALD EARRINGS

A Verdenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

21 March - 28 April 1997

 

 

 

 

$4,000 emerald        a friend's face the same color

Balenciaga dress matching leaves

with a pair of scissors my young mother cuts the grass

the shorn hat of an angry pixie

at Butterfield's a first edition of Robin Hood

invalid           dreaming of the forest

Russian immigrant planting a birch

the irish gardener with his green gloves

a tiny sip from the glass of chartreuse

eye to eye with a caterpillar

a bug in the marguerita glass

wild mint tea after zazen

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

LAVENDER DRESS

A Violenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

21 March - 28 April 1997

 

 

 

in her coffin           Baba in a lacy lavender dress

during the wake           scent of lilacs

painting of a purple tipi wins first prize

against a mauve sky              war memorial

candied violets spilled on the persian rug

a child mixing red and blue paint

magenta        the first time I heard the word

looking up the colour of pansy

the purple finch anything but

valentino creation matching her eyes           liz taylor

late wisteria festooning the haunted house

the woman picking petunias has no shadow

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

SUNFLOWERS

A Yellenga with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London

21 March - 28 April 1997

 

 

 

Hunched over like his sunflowers           old man

yellowing photographs on the grand piano

a finch feather in Grandma's gold locket

the orphan with jaundice plays alone

she caught it from a toilet seat

in the stained glass window              sun

bumble bee inside the amber cabochon

sting oozing pus

calling him what he is              coward

he buys lemons in the winter

a bouquet of goldenrod at the church supper

pollen on broken bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

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