Paperbark haiku held its Autumn ginko on the morning of April 1st 2022 near the War Memorial in Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba), a beautiful, serene area which Perth is so lucky to have in the centre of the city. The location overlooks the central business district and Perth Water which is formed by the Swan River flowing from the hills through the city to its entry to the sea in Fremantle. We are at the beginning of the season of Djeran (April-May) which sees a break in the really hot weather. A key indicator of the change is the cool nights that bring a dewy presence in the mornings. The winds also change with light breezes swinging from a southerly direction.
Wednesday 11 May 2022
With the leaves of autumn adorning The Oaks and all of Canberra in their seasonal glory, four of us came together in a spirit of kigo—Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb. We sorely missed our other two mates—Hazel Hall and Greg Piko—and thoughts were very much with them.
As we ordered lunch and settled down, congratulations were offered to Kathy who has just had a prose poem published in the weekend Canberra Times. We briefly discussed the dynamics of mood change and perspective when we choose to write in different genres