June 14th, 2006

Egrets Reading


Near the Koi Pond

a bowl
of rice crackers,
we peel edamame --
a pot of tea in the garden
with friends

- Deborah P Kolodji
(c) 2006

This coming Saturday, the Southern California Haiku Study Group is going to meet in the picnic area of Descanso Gardens for a kukai from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We briefly have a read-around of haiku, discuss this season's kigo (season words), and take a writing break to reflect & write on the kigo. We write our haiku on index cards anonymously. A reader is appointed who reads through the haiku, repeating each one twice. Then, when we've read them all, we read them again once, voting for our favorites. If a haiku receives votes, the poet is revealed and a "haiku is born."

I had hoped to meet a few people for tea in the Japanese Garden before the meeting but no one has expressed interest. If I don't hear from anyone by tomorrow, I think I'll cancel the tea this time. I had been saying 1:00 for tea but personally, I'd rather make it 12:30 so I'd be back in the picnic area in time to set up for the meeting.