ABOUT

Haiku has been a growing interest to me since I first visited Japan in 1990. Often Haiku comes into my imagination when I experience something, see a picture or remember a moment from my past. In this blog I am sharingimg004 some of my Haiku linked to an image with a short story about the place, event, experience, or character. This combination of art and poetry is known as Haiga, many of the old Japanese poets including Basho practised Haiga

For instance this picture of Kara at the sweet age of about 14 weeks would most likely conjure up images of sweetness and cuteness.

My haiku linked to the image ย creates a haiga

innocence

don’t be fooled byย looks

devilment

There is much more than cuteness, Kara was a horror, she was full on action, mischief and demanding attention every waking moment of her early childhood. So my haiku links to the image and asks the reader/viewer to look closely at the subject. The eyes should give her away, she is looking for the next bit of action.

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  1. Denis, nice to meet you and your hound. Originally just came over to say many thanks for the follow on my humble wee blog and make you welcome in my corner of the blogosphere. I then tend to have a poke around to see the matter that a new follower may enrichen my world. As it happens I have just finished a book called “The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman” which features Haiku and Tanka and now I am led to your blog. For that reason alone here is a follow and have a great weekend, MM ๐Ÿ€

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    1. Hi John. Thanks for showing interest in my blog , I am now also following yours and have had a fascinating time poking around on your pages. Fantastic images. I love the old house you discovered. It looks almost like someone just up and was off one day or………. Feel free to drop an email any time for a chat on shared interests at deekar@optusnet.com.au. We seem to have a lot of interests in common, photography, food, (although fructose intolerance has suddenly curbed my passion) exploring my local region, dogs, other cultures . I think I have a few years on you and now have the luxury of now doing what I want, when. No more reliance on others to be paid for work. I say yes or no to offers now. I am also going to start doing some serious writing. Meanwhile the Haiku/images blog continues. Like a lot of older Australian, (C19th) families I have strong ancestral links to Eire through both my mother’s family lines.

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    1. Hi Meredith. I try to follow the original spirit of Basho. I used to write 17 syllables English usually 5/7/5. This year I have been meeting up with a bi-lingual Japanese Australian haiku sharing group. The leader, is a haiku Sensei, (Japanese) she encourages any of us writing in English to aim at 3/5/3 syllables or 8-11 words. I find this is more challenging but the conservation of words makes it more like the original Basho style. The Sensei says in the end don’t worry, just write the haiku as it comes to you. I may experiment with even less words.

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    1. Thanks for these complements. I started this blog to write haiku to my images and then share them, so I always enjoy reading other bloggers positive comments when they discover my posts.

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  4. I will be starting a Renga next month under the auspices of the Haiku Hub if you’re interested. I may look for someone to serve as a Renga Master if I chicken out ๐Ÿ˜.
    I love haiku as well, even before living in Okinawa in 1982.

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜ Good deal. I will keep searching then. I was hoping Okaji-san would serve, but he is fatigued from his 30 in 30 charity for the Tupelo Press.
        Sigh, looks like I will be doing it. Think Oct 1. Thanks for considering & for the follow.
        Peace,
        Michael

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