Archive for August, 2011

From the Icebox inbox – 22

Posted in Haiku, Submissions, Summer with tags on August 22, 2011 by Tito

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The wan hosta *
I watered at dawn
Now in blazing heat

………………………… (David Stormer)

heat advisory
carousel ponies
in wild-eyed circles

………………………… (Michael Henry Lee)

Orange squash blossoms
Picked for summer salad —
Their purpose cut short

………………………… (David Sinex)

sky peeps in through
mango leaves and bougainvillea –
drilling

………………………… (Brinda Runghsawmee)

butterflies
in the spreading oak tree
– heart murmurs

………………………… (Dave Lewis)

* hosta is sometimes called ‘plantain lily’; giboshi in Japanese. See http://www.robsplants.com/plants/HostaHybri for a photo
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Shinto haiku

Posted in News on August 18, 2011 by John Dougill

Good day… In 2007 Hailstones published a volume entitled “Seasons of the Gods”, and I’ve put up a selection of a
dozen or so poems on my blog for those interested. Please see http://www.greenshinto.com/wp/
Thank you and have a fruitful summer, JD.

Baikamo Ginko at Samegai

Posted in Event report, Haiku, Summer with tags on August 8, 2011 by Tito

Not far from where the Hokurikudo Road leaves the Nakasendo Road is an old village called Samegai, in whose spring, still flowing today, Yamatotakeru, a hero of ancient times, once sought to heal his wounds. Hailstone Haiku Circle held a composition stroll (ginko) here on 23 July. Twelve poets attended.

We shared verse in a room rented in the village hall, and later via email voted for our favourites of the day. The two most popular haiku were:

dangling trumpet vine ………………………………………. Laughter –
not quite reaching ……………………………………………. Children wrestling
the cold clear river ……………………………………………. With a giant trout.
……….. (Jiko) ………………………………………………………………………….. (Kyoko Noguchi)

The two runners-up were:

waiting … ……………………………………………………….. under maple leaves
a solitary moment’s wish ……………………………… refugee trout doze
on the stream’s small stone bridge …………….. away from scorching sun
…………… (Ursula Maierl) ……………………………………………………….. (Mari Kawaguchi)

Equal fifth were:

Summer – ……………………………………….. Against white and orange pebbles
The toadstools, too ……………………….. The fishes’ warp
Beside the Niu Stream …………………… On weft of light
Quietly growing. ……………………………………………………….. (Tito)
…………… (Okiharu Maeda)

A visit was also made to the nearby Trout Farm, more than one hundred years old, a beautiful place coursing with a boundless supply of clear mountain water.

Elves in white ………………………………………… old times back again
Dancing under the weedy water – ………. feet, heart, memories stir
A Nakasendo village. …………………………….. in Takeru’s spring
………….. (Toshi Ida) …………………………………………………… (John McAteer)