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Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Polona — in this case, Jake’s teacher was Mr. K. Jake finished this baby in study hall.

    Brig — knowing that Jake is always at the center of trouble does add a certain “air” to this poem.

  2. Yeah, I was wondering that too. I looked it up briefly, and the places I read say a renku is collaborative. I’m not familiar with it, so please do tell us the differences between the two. 🙂

  3. Good Job! It seems he knows he is a troubled person at times. I am sure he has his good moments also.

  4. Dr. John — doesn’t it, though?

    Mumma — both haiku and renku traditionally have the 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable construction — though anymore few people adhere to it. According to my teaching manual, haiku are about seasons. Renku are about the human condition. However, there are a plethoria of websites online that will tell you a bajillion other things.

    Brig — I found a couple of sites that said renku were composed by partners or teams. I find a couple of sites who listed renku with but one author.

    Angela — I’m sure he’s angelic when he’s sleeping ….

  5. I’m doing my best

    So we all say. How’s his spelling? You sure it wasn’t meant to be beast?

    I could complain about the collapse of form in writing, and the ascent to world dictatorship of Humpty Dumpty (“a word means exactly what I say it means” yadayadayada). But if the haiku et al. masters in Japan can’t agree on what the blankety-blank the forms are supposed to be, who are we to argue?

    Yes I know. Snarky. Sorry, but it’s too late/early to be otherwise.

  6. Bazza — he is, when he pauses long enough to think.

    OC — I don’t complain, I just stick to the original form and let those unable to count to 7 or confirm to simple boundries go their own ways. I teach the children the traditional way, and leave the rest of the world to corrupt them.

  7. two thumbs up for his understanding of his own restraints. Smart kid.
    I remember myself in school, my feet were constantly moving under teh table, drove teh teachers mad…back then i was just immature, not hyper active 🙂

  8. Dr. John — it was my pleasure! It is my pleasure to participate in your blog everyday!

    Minka — you would have liked my classroom. I have no problem with kids who need to wiggle and move — just don’t bang the chair or the table leg because I don’t handle noise well.

  9. Melli — funny, I’ve been thinking about framing and hanging the kid!

    Cindra — you and Jake are soulmates! (Not!)

    Nessa — ADHD run rampant can really mess with a bright mind.

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