fallen leaves –
What an exciting month December has been! And it is only the 4th of the month!
The Haiku Foundation’s Per Diem: Daily Haiku, a feature I project manage, is scaling new heights this month. Michael McClintock, in his collection “31 Ways of Looking at a Mountain” is taking us for a mountain hike. Each day a new view here
The Haiku Foundation Fundraising campaign is continuing up to the 6th of December with a number of releases of new material and features. On the 3rd, the new social media account on Pinterest was rolled out. I am pleased to have played a part in this one.
Then there is a new haiga by Jim Kacian, a new digital library interface… there is an endless stream of enthusiasm and creativity coming out of the The Haiku Foundation. And the fundraiser releases continue for three more days!
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And above all, have fun with haiku!
I see more
of my neighbors
in The Heron’s Nest, Volume XV, Number4: December 2013
taste of summer
in the fruit bowl
Blithe Spirit Vol 23 No. 4, p. 41
Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Chanukah to friends who celebrate it. And to the rest of my friends, wherever they happen to be in the world, who would be happy for the opportunity to give thanks for blessings received any time of the year, Happy Thanksgiving too!
I am giving thanks for my family and friends, the creative, nourishing and supportive haiku communities and writers’ groups I am involved with around the world, and the gift of every day on this Earth I continue to receive.
A special note of thanks to the The Haiku Foundation for its breathtaking work on the many and varied haiku projects it sustains and furthers. It too is giving thanks and fundraising for its work during the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day. Please take a look to see what they’ve been up to this year, as well as the exciting program they have planned for the coming days here.
While you are visiting their site, I encourage you to sign up for their email notifications, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook: this way you will be kept up to date with all their offerings.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.
the stars in the embers
in ‘this world’ the Haiku Society of America Anthology, 2013.
why must I write
#NaHaiWriMo prompt: sprinkle
Over at the The Haiku foundation site, there is talk of naked haiku! Haiku, that is, taken away from a haibun, standing out on its own without the prose it was meant to accompany.
I shared one of my own as a comment on the THF November Per Diem blog post. Here it is:
the snowflakes taste
(This haiku was originally part of the haibun “Parcels”, published this year in Frogpond, 2013, 36:2)
pending your answer the moon’s glare
Plato’s cave each day a new shadow
in Bones, journal for contemporary haiku, No. 2, 15 June 2013
by the Thames
Klee’s “Fish Magic”
I visited Paul Klee’s show at the Tate, and this painting caught my heart! The magic of ‘Fish Magic’. Source of image: here
NaHaiWriMo prompt (for the 29th of October 2013) : secret lives
environment day –
green leaves turn
Written in response to the following news:
Gold in trees leads to hidden deposits
By Rebecca Morelle
“Money might not grow on trees, but scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants.
Researchers from Australia say that the presence of the particles in a eucalyptus tree’s foliage indicates that deposits are buried many meters below.
They believe that the discovery offers a new way to locate the sought-after metal in difficult-to-reach locations.”
I shared this poem on FB Joys of Japan 24 October 2013
Gabi Greve added it to her World Kigo Database (WKD), an educational reference site for haiku, cultural keywords and kigo, under “worldwide saijiki”,
***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Autumn
***** Category: Observance