Mercy Center



JANUARY 28, 2012


At our first meeting in 2012, we discussed possible new activities for our group. The consensus was that the current format – reading haiku in rounds, then doing a writing exercise presented by a group member – should continue. There was a suggestion that we set aside time to present unfinished or “problem” haiku to the group. Another suggestion was to share non-haiku short-form writings that we have done. Sometimes we try to fit too much content into the haiku form. We can consider planning a meeting on haiga, haiku written in response to works of visual art: paintings, drawings, or photographs. Everyone agreed that we should invite a guest speaker to lead a public workshop either in 2012 or 2013.

As webmaster for Mercy Center, I’m responsible for publicizing the Haiku Kai meetings through the website and E-newsletters. This year, I will be adding more content to the Haiku Kai section of the website, including links to worthwhile online haiku resources and publications, and an archive of our newsletters, so that those who are interested in visiting or joining the group can get a better idea of how the meetings are conducted. Please feel free to send me the names of any haiku websites or publications you like to visit and read.

In attendance: Barbara Campetelli, Mary Fuchs, Sr. Helen Gilsdorf, Mary Joyce, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, Beth Sonderson, Pat Tompkins and Mark Werlin. Anne Anderson was unable to attend, but sent a haiku via email.


Owl's eyes
a hologram
of the Cosmos
Anne Anderson
bare branches
hidden in them –
so much life
Barbara Campitelli
One blue butterfly
sipping moisture from the mud
Summer refreshment
Sr. Helen Gilsdorf
Breathing in, breathing
out, the rise and fall
of rolling hills
Mary Joyce
late afternoon
the long shadows of strangers
meet on the grass
Sarah Paris
purple flowers
dew drops and bees
claim the same petal
Janet Schroder
another new year
no longer a choice
of free calendars
Pat Tompkins
morning tai chi class
reaching for the winter sun
flowers awakening
Mark Werlin


Next meeting: April 28, 2012
Theme: Mystery