Haiku Day

haikuday
I tried a new experience joining the Southern California Haiku Study Group for their September meeting. I learned more about Haiku with a group of talented and encouraging people.

“Haiku is a tiny verse form in which Japanese poets have been working for hundreds of years. There are only seventeen syllables in the haiku. There is almost always in it the name of the season and an implied identity between two seemingly different things.” (Peter Beilenson, “A Haiku Garland)

We looked at Southern California Autumn Season Words (Kigo), went to the courtyard of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA and wrote Haiku. This photo is of me working on the Haiku! We gathered together and one person read all the Haiku without naming the author. People voted and commented on the poems. There was laughter, surprise and introspection as a result of the readings.

Here’s one of mine written on this day:

Morning fog
sparkle on dead grasses
decisions made

Thanks to this group for a rich experience.

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~ by fiberverse on September 28, 2009.

6 Responses to “Haiku Day”

  1. I felt a glow of sunlight when I saw you were there at haiku! I love your morning fog haiku. The beautiful Pacific Asia garden is so inspiring, and I love going there during the session and being open to what haiku may appear in that courtyard by the ponds, and little waterfall. I wrote that day:

    my guick pen
    catches
    slow swimming koi

    I hope you will be a haiku surprise often at these special gatherings! I am lucky, I walk there, haiku gathering on my walk.

    love your website,
    smiles from Kathabela

    • Thank you, Kath. I felt very welcome there. The garden is an inspirational place. Thank you for sharing your haiku!

  2. Hi Cindy, reading your blog really has relaxed me!it sounds like you have a well balanced life. take care

  3. a new adventure-how fun!

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