The group was founded in 1997 by Jerry Ball, the former president of the Haiku Society of America. This month's meeting was attended by Jerry Ball, Linda Galloway, Peggy Hehman-Smith, David Priebe, Tom Bilicke, Kraig Keeler, and myself. Each year, the group publishes a member anthology. Our 2005 anthology, Time and Tide will be available at the January 21st meeting.
Each month, we open with an open reading of our recent haiku & we discuss the kigo of the month as it pertains to Southern California, grouping into the six categories as suggested by Higginson. This is what we came up with this time:
winter, tule fog
Sky and Heavens
early dark, winter moon, snow moon, longer shadows, low sun, winter sky, starry night, clear night, comet dust
Mountains and Fields
first snow, first green, barren fields, snow cap on Mt Baldy
Flowers and Plants
poinsetta, jade plant, few leaves on the liquid amber, ficus trees dropping pods, tangerines ripe, splat persimmons, oranges almost ripe, avocados ripe, pecans dropping
Birds and Animals
migrating birds, hiberation, throngs of birds on telephone wires, heavy coats, burrowing squirrels, opossoms, cats mating
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, shopping, carols, stockings, trees, travel, store Santas, family get-togethers
We then went off for twenty minutes to write haiku based on these kigo and then shared them, kukai-style with Linda reading them anonymously the first time through, and then a second time where we voted for our favorites. Linda and Jerry wrote the haiku which were the biggest vote-getters this time around. I particularly loved Jerry's "tule fog" haiku.
The one of mine which was the best received:
she makes an appointment
with the optometrist
I always come away from these meetings, refreshed, with renewed creative energy.
Maybe I'll write another Christmas poem tomorrow...we got our tree today!