The spring meeting for the White Pebbles Haiku Group extended a little longer than is usual. The 12th of September flowed on to embrace the 12th – 21st of September, and that is so far!
All nine members commented on how much they enjoyed reading each others’ work.
Seven optional prompts were circulated to members well in advance of the scheduled email meeting date with the only firm request being that the seventh of these involving a painting, sketch or photograph were included. One of our members, who was travelling, wrote all of her verses in real time as she moved through diverse countryside locations — a haiku journey we all greatly enjoyed learning about. Carefully considered comments on all the submitted haiku were shared over the following days.
Positive and mutually supportive, as always, our members made sure our spring meeting was satisfying and very worthwhile.
And who knows? Perhaps our December meeting will again be held in the Gosford/Edogawa Gardens.
Group members Patricia Meredith, Alison Miller, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony met at Carol Reynolds lovely home at Illawong which is close to the bush and looking full of new life this Spring. Lana was unable to attend but we hope to see her at our Summer meeting.
On Sunday August 30 we met again on Zoom. Six of us attended: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati and Lynette Arden, as well as our esteemed interstate guest, Beverley George.
We had arranged at the previous meeting to put together another sequence, using the theme of ‘colour and light’. Each member was required to bring along between three and five haiku that they had written on this theme. This time we were much faster with our responses, and as we had two more people we had many more haiku to choose from. We endeavoured to take turns with each stanza in the sequence, but we found ourselves beginning to pick out the haiku that seemed to fit best, regardless of the order of contributors.
Eucalypt: a tanka journal is now open for submissions for issue 29. Please submit up to six original, unpublished tanka (only one will be selected) in the body of your email to email@example.com
Subscription details can be found here and further information about the tanka form can be read here.
Another delightful and inspiring time together! The setting capped the magic. For the first time in months we were seated outside again in weather that was balmy in its stillness. Spring flowers coloured the surrounding garden, an especially eye-catching display of violets and grape hyacinths beneath the silver trunk of a birch. Music was provided by currawongs, magpies and miners (volume up!) as our lunch orders arrived.
The signs of spring are most definitely all around—in the greater frequency of sunnier days, in the plants and trees and in the activities of a whole range of insects, animals and birds. The Spring Equinox falls on September 22nd in the Southern Hemisphere this year and to celebrate, the Australian Haiku Society will host a Haiku String on and around that date. Everyone is invited to participate and we look forward to your offerings. A submission form will be made available on the website at the time of the equinox. More information will be posted to the website soon including the announcement of a theme.
On a glorious winter’s day, 5th August, 2020, in Perth, Western Australia, I contemplated the healing power of the sun as it entered my study windows through thin vertical blinds. Outside, the succulents were busy showing off their light and shade, their colour and variation; inside, I was preparing for the two hour Paperbark Haiku Zoom Winter Ginko gathering.