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November 17, 2018
FALL MEETING

 

Attending

Jane Benson, Nancy Brill, David Keim, Marilyn King, Sarah Paris, Janet Schroder, and Mark Werlin, and first-time attendees Nanette Duffy and Ingrid Miller.

 

Meeting

Along with sharing haiku, many of which reflected the Bay Area's current smoky atmosphere, we had a spirited discussion about sabi, wabi, and wabi-sabi, Japanese terms that are not well understood in the West (and are sometimes regarded as untranslatable). Mark shared a handout which further mystified the attendees. Nevertheless, when the exercise called for identifying wabi-sabi-type haiku in one of our three Four Seasons Haiku Kai collections, everybody was able to do so easily. It might be that wabi-sabi cannot be defined—but we know it when we see it.

Good haiku energy today, as Hando would say!

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

February 2, 2019 (Theme 'Again')

April 27, 2019 (Theme TBD)

 

Summer Haiku

Some haiku shared at the November 17 meeting:

 

learning the minor chords
the days
grow short
Jane Benson
The scent of mothballs
from the kimono sleeves
rises to light and air
Nancy Brill
A need for silence
A world too loud some days
Cast mercy to the wind
Nanette Duffy
in a gutter
broken glass
and an old book
David Keim
One moment, stillness
The next, a vortex of flame
Where did this fire come from?
Marilyn King
Madrone tree
limbs akimbo
breaking into slow dance
Ingrid Miller
after the rain
a waning moon — geese
flying south
Sarah Paris
Chill wind. . .
the deepening quiver
of pine needles
Judith Schallberger
the gardener
rakes gingko leaves —
a pile of gold
Janet Schroder
seeing
with new eyes —
fire-red leaves
Mark Werlin