Unexpectedly, it was under bright blue skies that six of us gathered for our winter meeting.
Present were Colleen Keating, Marilyn Humbert, Maire Glacken, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George. Apologies and kind thoughts were received from Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy and Wendy Stringer, each of whom was unavoidably able to attend on this occasion.
As usual we gathered informally at the café for coffee and brief chat, before we set off in silence at 10:30 for our ginko. Once again the Gosford /Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery proved an apt and inspiring venue for exploring the Japanese genre of haiku written in English. Each member carries with them a worksheet with some pre-prepared material and prompts for writing new haiku in this lovely garden with its waterfall and ponds, tea hut and bridges and the pebble garden with large boulders to remind us of Ryōan-ji. Close observation and original ideas are sparked, with sound and scent playing their roles too. Continue reading “White Pebbles Haiku Group Winter Meeting”
Sunday the 2nd of June in Melbourne was a cold day with rain predicted. Victoria had snow in the hills and mountains in the previous week. It was officially he second day of winter and it certainly felt like winter to me, as I’d been holed up in my draughty house with the cat and noticed how short the days had become. It’s Bashō’s “autumn deepens” haiku, though, that’s been coming to my mind:
秋深き 隣は何を する人ぞ
aki fukaki tonari wa nani o suru hito zo
Autumn deepening –
how does he live, I wonder?
On the shores of Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, Northern NSW
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head is a freshwater lake just across the road from the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by tea trees that stain its depths with tannin. The Jali people of the Bundjalung Nation, the original owners if this land, recognised the healing benefits of the lake’s natural oils.
The Sports and Recreation Centre, at the opposite end from the picnic area, sourced the lake with a scattering of colourful sails. The laughter of school children came from boats, paddle boards, canoes and swimmers. Voices approached us through the even greater clamour of abundant lorikeets overhead. Seagulls came from the ocean to cavort in dark waters. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Autumn Ginko # 53”
The Australian Haiku Society is pleased to announce the Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai conducted by Ron C. Moss. As usual there will be a seasonal and non-seasonal category in which participants may offer a haiku verse to accompany images created by Ron. The Winter Solstice occurs in Australia on the 22nd of June this year so stay tuned for further details. Continue reading “Members’ News, May 2019”
A reminder to Australian haiku poets that submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 8 will be open throughout July 2019. Please send up to six haiku relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcome. Continue reading “Windfall: Australian Haiku Submissions”
A reminder that entries for the New Zealand Poetry Society International Haiku Competition 2019 need to be received by 31st of May. The competition has a number of sections for adults and juniors of primary and secondary school age as well as school group entries, so please read the guidelines carefully. All details can be found here.