There was an interesting mix of entries for the seasonal kukai. When reading through the poems, I’m always looking for those that resonate and have elements of shift and link, as well as those in which the two parts of the image and words merge into something stronger together. With Marietta’s haiku we are tantalised with a word that is not all that well known – neap tide – a period when moderate tides occur, usually seven days after a spring tide. The wonderful moon’s tug connects us with the universe and celestial bodies – the tug on our blood and the flow of tide all governed by the moon. Such a powerful poem resonates on many levels with the image and I’m thankful for the poet’s deep seeing.
the autistic boy drawing his perfect world … a smiling shark
The image I captured was of a sculpture in Fremantle, Australia, and I was looking for interesting responses that might come from the unusual elements. I know it was a challenge to keep away from a direct seasonal reference but I feel the image was evocative enough and I’m pleased to say we have some fine entries to enjoy. I feel the winning poet has captured a whole story in three short lines and they sizzle along with the image to make a very effective haiga. We probably all feel the sharp teeth of life at times and I can only guess what it must be like for those who have added challenges. A fine poem that stays long after first reading.