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January Jest - A Collaboration

A collaborative poem, written in renga format, or "linked-verse", by Timothy Hicks and Jesse Whitehead.

Verses in normal font are by me.
Verses in italic are by Jesse Whitehead.

January jest
drawing mustaches
in the newspaper

coffee to warm the hands
walking the railroad

to stay put
a child's balloon

spring in her step
red moon overhead

has dusk come already?
the field of tulips
seem to say

unwavering and gentle
strong as stone

mountain peaks
wind through summer meadows
a tender caress

lying there still
a heart-shaped mark

steady rhythm
ebb of the tide
broken shells

spiraling earthward
the last golden leaf

fading in and out
memories sweetly touched
a dancing flame

burning through pages
another x on the calendar

NOTE: This was my first attempt at a Renga poem, written in collaboration, with one of my best friends from Idaho, Jesse Whitehead. He's one of the few friends of mine whom I could discuss writing with. Though he typically writes fiction and stories, rather than poetry, he was willing to give this poetry format a go; and to my knowledge this was his first time writing poetry. It's a fun little challenge that I hope you all will give a try!

Copyright © Timothy Hicks | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 5/28/2016 3:48:00 PM

    This is superb!! It's so simple and beautiful.. Lovely form too!! :) :)
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 3:03:00 PM

    oh wow!! very nice game...have yet to learn of renga but looks really fun...this is a great journey thru a year..the connection I see in the first 2 are January and warming hands..brrrew of winter someone else's turn!! :)
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 2:21:00 PM

    what a fascinating form you chose for a collaboration - great work Timothy and Jesse:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 1:47:00 PM

    I have no clue about this form, but it does look similar to the haiku, but with an extra twist.. in fact it seems a lot more interesting.... I wonder what your next contest is going to be... Great collaboration between Idaho and Georgia...
  1. Date: 5/28/2016 1:29:00 PM

    Tim, for a first time effort this is superb ! Congrats to you and Jesse. I tried to collaborate with a friend but nothing materialised, more my fault due to my current health scare !