On our arrival for catch-up and coffee we were slightly daunted by a brief downpour. This obligingly ceased precisely at our regular ginko set-off time of 10:30. The glossy leaves of cloud-shaped bushes, neatly trimmed, glistened with small raindrops; and white crocuses lined one edge of the pathway. Jotting and silence prevailed, apart from waterfall tumble and the voice of a very young child telling her mother how much she loved the word ‘igneous’, her favourite type of rock.
The Fringe Myrtles welcomed the new year at our first meeting for 2021 held on the last day of February. It was hoped that the group could meet face-to-face for the first time in almost a year, but due to the recent, sudden and unexpected lockdown, we were once again forced indoors. Fingers-crossed, we can be in each other’s physical company soon.
The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Autumn Equinox Haiku String.
We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Autumn Equinox, which occurs in Australia this year on Saturday 20th March, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Sunday 28th March to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates only (not before).
Overhead the currawongs, miners, magpies, cockatoos were in full-throated chorus as we yakked once more beneath the trees at The Oaks. One young magpie even joined in our discussion, warbling from his perch on a spare chair. Five of us were present—Gregory Piko, Marietta McGregor, Hazel Hall, Glenys Ferguson, Jan Dobb. We missed Kathy Kituai this time.
As we settled in over lunch, Hazel congratulated Greg on his impressive reading at the recent Poetry Book Fair.
February’s Zoom meeting was an evaluation of haibun we had been tasked with writing since we last met. The results were quite diverse: Maeve offered a short story style haibun with paragraphs of prose punctuated by haiku at the end of each. Julia also offered a short story with a twist at the end, underlined by a tanka. Her example brought up the question of whether a poem could be used to clarify the text above it. We decided that this was certainly an option.
Much has happened during January and February regarding all things haiku and otherwise…
If you would like to revisit the results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai along with the adjudicator’s comments you can do so here for the Seasonal and the Non-seasonal categories.