homecoming . . .
a bouquet of sky
in an old jar
A lovely evocative haiku that links beautifully with the image’s soft and hard shapes and also the interesting connection with a bouquet of sky. The feeling of a homecoming is embedded deep within the words and image colours. The soft focus adds a feeling of memory and passing of time. Something new has come from the blending of haiku and image which is the hallmark of a really excellent haiga.
learning the meaning
from the flowers
Once again we have the sum of two parts coming together to create a worthy collaboration. The haiku brings to mind the famous Flower Sermon, when
Śākyamuni Buddha transmitted direct wisdom to Mahākāśyapa; this event was to become the origin of Zen Buddhism. The shapes of the flowers in the image and their petals suggest a passing of time and bring about a vision of birth and death and the impermanence of all things.
she finds beauty
in the simple things . . .
-Michael H. Lester
Azure is described as a bright blue in colour like a cloudless sky, and we feel this wonderful shade in the haiku and the flower image. The beauty of simple things is
brought to mind and the collaboration blends exceptionally well a timeless
journey of the senses.
she sets the table
I enjoyed the mention of music and the dance-like feel of setting the table with a graceful movement. The haiku has a strong link to the flowers which could be the centre piece of a simple setting. The colours and soft imagery bring a fluid connection to the haiku which has a feel of a special occasion linked to the season.
on the hospital table
This is an intriguing haiku that brings thoughts and feelings of our own individual experiences of birth, death and everything in-between. The imagery is handled with a light touch and the obvious seasonal connection helps to bring a natural setting against what could be the stark, cold white setting of a hospital. We can feel uplifted by the splashes colour and the promise of renewal and hope.