Summer exhibition —
the folks assemble
dressed in blue-and-white ….. (Tito)
On 18th August, a scorching day, a few Hailstones got together for an art exhibition 真夏の芸術祭 held at Galerie Aube inside Kyoto University of Art & Design, where one of our members, Yoshiharu Kondo, was showing his creations. There were about 100 pieces on display; the majority, paintings. We walked around, each person choosing one or two favourites:
A school of ceramic salmon —
an Ainu Upopo, now sung
at the art festival ….. (Yoshiharu)
enlarged in the painting …
he fears they might assault him
at night! ….. (Keiko)
A big brown pot —
written right across its body
in replicated characters,
“Seven Gods of Good Luck” ….. (Yoshiharu)
the dark-amber skeletons of
Chinese lantern pods ….. (Ursula)
Pleasingly, we all fell in love with Yoshiharu‘s two pieces, a ceramic tsubo-daiko and a handmade storybook featuring his own haiku and tanka.
Summer, in the shade —
A bisque-fired drum
Resounds through the hall ….. (Mayumi K)
Clear Moon —
in his poem,
a villa for his students
who’ve passed away ….. (Keiko)
Glad to report that the subsequent mishap that befell one of our number has now resolved itself!
Calling and calling
my lost cell phone —
no reply ….. (Ursula)
~ click on the photo to enlarge ~
A cirku is a haiku laid out in the form of a circle (to be read clockwise). It should work as a poem from whichever of the three line-spaces you start.
Thus, (reading from the :00 position) ‘long before dawn / a pack of stray dogs / baying me on my way’, or (from the :17 position) ‘a pack of stray dogs / baying me on my way / long before dawn’, or again (from the :38 position) ‘baying me on my way / long before dawn / a pack of stray dogs’: each works. Whichever image comes last is emphasized.
The haiku was written 12 years ago as I night-climbed Lantau Peak (Fung Wong Shan), Hong Kong. The pack of stray dogs was scary, for I was alone, but I made myself think that they were actually cheering me on! I reached the summit (934m) as dawn broke over the South China Sea and took the photo there.