abandoning his waterhole
the ratsnake slips
among the first red flowers of autumn
The Hailstone Haiku Circle’s recent kukai, held in Osaka – 10 present; 15 poets submitted – was won by Itsuyo Higashinaka (8 points – 3 first votes and 2 seconds) with a haiku about the funagata Daimonji …
… The ship shape of fire
… floating in the western sky,
… going where, I wonder?
Runner-up was Toshi Ida’s (6 points – 2 first votes and 2 seconds) pastoral lullaby …
… The full moon
… over the harvested rice fields –
… villagers sleep
John Dougill led the appraisal session, which was both enlightening and fun. Hosts Akira & Shigeko Kibi provided us with tea and sandwiches, and later, a guided tour of the oldest part of Suita, which had started out as a river-port village centuries ago.
Just as we made our way back to the station, a gorgeous moon obliged…
… Veiled, numinous
… Even the cat’s entranced …
… Aikawa harvest moon. ….. (John Dougill)