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HAIKU KAI REPORT
OCTOBER 31, 2015
FALL MEETING

 

Attending

Jane Benson, Barbara Campitelli, Mary Fuchs, Mary Joyce, David Keim, Elaine Mannon, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, Karen Schlumpp, and Mark Werlin.

After rounds of haiku, Mark played a segment of a talk given in 2003 by Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. ("Hando"), founder of the Haiku Kai and the East-West Meditation program at Mercy Center. In that talk, Hando discussed the life and work of the Japanese poet Saigyō (1118-1190). Saigyō was a clear-eyed observer who used poetic symbols to express criticism of the Buddhist institutions of his time that had become arid and lifeless. Hando read twelve seasonal poems and offered an interpretation of Saigyō's imagery that stressed the parallels between Saigyō's era and our own.

The entire talk will be available on the Mercy Center website, linked to the Haiku Kai main page.

 

Upcoming Meetings

Winter: Feb 6, 2016 (Theme: "Taste") | Spring: May 7, 2016

Some of the haiku shared at the October meeting:

 

October birthday
the swaying of skeletons
on the bare branch
Jane Benson

late night
that sound
is not music

Barbara Campitelli
planting white lobelia—
a shadow of the teacher
in the Zen garden
Mary Fuchs

Twilight
a spider's thread appearing
and disappearing

Mary Joyce
in the wind
the avocado tree creaks
over the bedroom
David Keim
Swirling clouds
shadows in
the road ahead
Elaine Mannon
leaning too far
out of the window—
the full moon
Sarah Paris
moonbeam
slices through shutters
teasing sleep
Janet Schroder
Spring showers
dance on windshield
making pirouettes
Karen Schlumpp
3:00 a.m.—
the dream and I
make peace
Mark Werlin