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HAIKU KAI REPORT
JULY 21, 2012
SUMMER MEETING

 

Attending: Barbara Campitelli, Mary Fuchs, Mary Joyce, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, Pat Tompkins and Mark Werlin. Sr. Helen Gilsdorf sent greetings and haiku via email. The group warmly welcomed first-time participant Denise Hughes, who read poems from our collection Seasons of Haiku.

Following the round of haiku reading, Barbara, Janet, and Mary Joyce shared several rengay they have been writing in collaboration via email. Inspired by the rengay workshop last year led by originator Garry Gay, our three intrepid poets delved into the practice with outstanding results. And as Barbara said: "It's a lot of fun!"

The next two meetings will be October 27, 2012 and January 5, 2013. Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Pat Tompkins will lead an exercise in single-line haiku at the October meeting. Some of the haiku shared at the July meeting:

 

Cherry blossoms – gone
snowy drifts on summer grass
blowing in the wind
Anne Anderson
read by
Denise Hughes
   
books
with all that information
so silent
Barbara Campitelli
   
day ends
chairs on desks
voices fade.
Mary Fuchs
   
cherry blossoms
whirling in the doorway
pink carpet
Sr Helen Gilsdorf
   
from her truck
a burst of sunshine
when she waves
Mary Joyce
   
In a morning sky:
dissolving moon/
cry of a seagull
Sarah Paris
   
shadows
staining the tree trunks –
a skittering squirrel
Janet Schroder
   
blackberry bushes
whispers of hummingbirds
at vespers
Pat Tompkins
   
The gardener bows and
digs; a stone Buddha wears
the gardener’s hat
Mark Werlin

 

Mist  – A rengay by Barbara Campitelli and Janet Schroder

The pelicans
thread through the mist
children build sand castles

not far from the shore
sailboats becalmed

distant chatter
of circling seagulls
a passing stranger

loneliness
not a word
did he offer

last bird call
dusk descending

it washes away
the sand sculpture –
incoming tide