Archive for August 8, 2011

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)

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