Seven haiku enthusiasts gathered on a lovely warm morning at Tomato Lake in Kewdale for a ginko and sharing of our observations and first draft haiku – Coral Carter, Sandie Thorne, Timothy Parkin, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook, Melissa Moffat, Maureen Sexton.
We’re very fortunate here to be able to gather in public without the fear of community spread of Covid19 – currently. We began by introducing ourselves, as we had a couple of new members, who were also new to haiku. Then we discussed what haiku meant to us. These included ‘a calm space’, ‘being observant’, ‘awareness’, ‘awe’ and ‘connection’. Apart from using our 5 senses, we decided to also be aware of how we were feeling and what emotions came up during the ginko, and why we might have made particular observations.
Below the reviews of both events, is a selection of haiku and haibun from the participants and some of the emotions and feelings they were experiencing during that time.
Lunch together under the trees on a beautiful spring day . . . how better to begin a haiku afternoon at The Oaks? Through the aromas of fish and chips, toasted Turkish rolls, tea and coffee, our conversation immediately sparked. As usual, the magpies and currawongs were not silent either!
This time we missed Greg Piko who is out of town, so we numbered five–Glenys Ferguson, Hazel Hall, Kathy Kituai, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb. Among several haiku topics that ebbed and flowed during the afternoon, two major ones came to the fore. Thank you to Hazel and Kathy…
Paperbark Haiku invites you to take part in our Spring Kambarang Ginko We’re almost half way through Spring and into Kambarang (Noongar season), so the landscape is radiant with wildflowers and the days are slowly getting warmer. Time to celebrate and give birth to some new haiku. So join us on our ginko, or if you can’t do that, join us after for a Zoom meeting to share your new haiku from your personal ginko.
Wednesday 21st October 10 am Tomato Lake Oats St, Kewdale Perth WA
Zoom meeting will be held Wednesday 21st October 1 pm for 1 hour to share and discuss our haiku
Still in lockdown under Stage 4 stay-at-home restrictions, the Fringe Myrtles had their 4th Zoom meeting of the year. Fourteen of us attended the meeting, including first-timer Andrew Korbel, and fifteen haiku were shared on the theme of ‘unity’.
Entries for the John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku have now closed. The prize-winning haiku plus those awarded Honourable Mentions will be announced on the Australian Haiku Society website on 1st May 2021.
Background: The Australian Haiku Society is excited to announce the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku by holding an international haiku competition.