Archive for June, 2011

English Pastures – New & Old

Posted in Haiku, Haiqua, Summer with tags on June 24, 2011 by Tito

Took a haiku walk in the Peak District, Derbyshire this June with old friend, Fred Schofield …

alpaca drinks from the trough
a buttercup clings
to its ear
………………………. (Fred)

rusty donation box –
high under sky
lambs parade
an ancient henge
…………………………………. (Tito)

from the Icebox inbox – 21

Posted in Haiku, Submissions with tags on June 21, 2011 by Tito

First warm days of spring –
At last the Emirati
Takes off his jacket
………… (Kamome)

Salty wind strips
The white apple tree …
Dots the front door
………… (David Stormer)

asleep by your side
I am a ripple of tide
come softly ashore
………… (Gary Hillberger)

longest day of the year
a snail’s shadow
fills the afternoon
………… (Michael Henry Lee)

Cities of Green Leaves Ginko-no-Kukai for Sendai

Posted in Event report, Haiku, Spring with tags on June 3, 2011 by Tito

Dear Willie,
We hope that your city Mayor will indeed manage to send the little harvest of worldwide poems to the Mayor of Sendai, and she will be able to use it in some way. Sendai’s Aoba Festival, on the weekend we chose to do our worldwide haiku composition strolls, in your event entitled, ‘Cities of Green Leaves’, was apparently cancelled this year because of the Disaster. The fact that poets on several continents were putting their efforts together through you in that ‘Green Leaves’ (Aoba) spirit seems to me as if we were somehow cherishing the Festival on their behalf and keeping it alive. At least that’s what my Hailstone friends and I were thinking as we strolled from Ota Shrine to Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, and on down the Kamo River.
Sincerely, and with thanks
…………………………………………………………………… Tito


For Icebox readers, the joint winning haiku (both 9 pts.) were:

Under this bridge
weeds grow from the walls
an old flame

Paul Conneally / England

Spring’s beginning
a violet
the first to know

Lorin Ford / Australia

… There were several 8-5 pointers, but the highest-scoring Hailstone walkers’ haiku were (all 4 pts.)

The sacred camphor tree –
The stream glares in the evening sun
Time and place all blur

Masako Fujie / Japan

Writing the word
“haiku”
on a haricot bean

Tito / Japan

a breeze –
on the water
sky appearing . . .
under purple irises

Keiko Yurugi / Japan

Willie (of the Haiku Bandit Society) says that all Hailstones who submitted got at least 1 pt. for one of their haiku. He hopes that everyone who took part will have donated to one or other of the Disaster relief sites whose links were available on his site.

Go to http://haikubanditsociety.blogspot.com/2011/05/cities-of-green-leaves-ginko-no-kukai_29.html  to read more of the most popular haiku of the day.