ice cubes melt
in my whiskey
ice cubes melt
in my whiskey
she protects her doll
with a face mask
The continual threat of the Covid virus and the impact it has had on our lives is so stunningly captured in these three short lines. The deeper we go into this poem the more is revealed. The very best haiku use a minimum number of words from limitless possibilities. The most natural of moments can be a young child at play – their love and nurturing a wonder to see. So practical and perhaps without thought, the child does what it must do to protect loved-ones, having witnessed this very thing for themselves in the adult world around them. It’s in our very DNA to survive and adapt, and this latest global challenge is merely the latest in a long history of human suffering. But we know we can overcome everything by working together.
we unfurl our skin
for the wind
This wondrous haiku struck me right away as a moment of deep seeing. The poet has taken us on a journey into the flower’s body and the feeling of exposing our petals, or skin, to the elements. After the chill of winter passes, we all can unfurl into the warmth of spring and the blossoming of life. So much is portrayed in a few carefully crafted words, which are the mark of a very fine haiku. I am very pleased to award this haiku by Nathan a very worthy first place in the Spring Seasonal kukai.
our minds in sync –
ripples of moonlight
lick the pier
Barbara A. Taylor
The Fringe Myrtles met yet again on Zoom on a day in which Melbourne was announced the most locked-down city in the world. The only person happy about this was Michael Dylan Welch, who is still able to join our meetings from his home in Washington.
Joining Michael for our latest meeting were Janet Howie, Liv Saint-James, Alice Wanderer, Marisa Fazio, Madhuri Pillai, Louise Hopewell, Rob Scott and Jayashree Maniyil. Jen Sutherland, who sent apologies for Covid-related matters, sent congratulations to both Madhuri and Liv for their haiku that appeared in the most recent issue of Presence, which were shared with the group.
Present: Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Steve Wigg, Julia Wakefield. Apologies: Maeve Archibald.
The meeting had been postponed form August 9, as not all of us could attend.
We are getting quite good at running Zoom meetings, but we all forgot what the topic was this time – it was supposed to be water! Julia thought it was winter, so some of us submitted some winter haiku, and Lyn showed us some of her senryu, which alluded to Adelaide-related themes from the past.
the railway line
disappears into sky
Rose van Son
Held at Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kirrawee, on 24th September.
It was a beautiful day but some of our group live in different LGA’s so only three members; Carol Reynolds, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony were able to gather. We made the trip together and enjoyed morning tea at a table surrounded by seasonal plants and trees. Each of us brought goodies to share.