Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

A Day of Haiku

Today was consumed almost entirely with haiku from morning to night. First, the Yuki Teikei Society had a free haiku workshop starting at 10:00 in the Japanese tea house in San Jose’s Kelley Park. We had a short discussion based on the zen haiku book Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey by Clark Strand, which was followed by a kukai based on kigo observed in the garden.

We had about 45 minutes to wander the garden, sit and watch the koi, and write haiku before returning. The list of kigo I was working from included: bird nesting, Japanese maple “young leaves”, wisteria blooming, returning ducks, cherry blossoms, budding anything, pineapple weed, returning egret, spring rain, spring storm

I wrote seven haiku in the garden, placing five of them in the kukai. The four that received votes were:

young leaves
by the garden path
children’s footsteps

after spring rain
the sound of a plane…
is it yours?

pine branches
overhang the water
koi in spring shade

young leaves
my pen across
a blank page

Fay Aoygai and Wendy Wright
Japanese Friendship Garden, Kelly Park
San Jose, California April 7, 2006

At 1:30, there was a reading by Fay Aoyagi and Wendy Wright, followed by an open haiku reading done in a circle, where each participant read one haiku at a time. Open reading participants included Roger Abe, Fay Aoyagi, Ann Bendixen, Claire Gallagher, Linda Galloway and her husband Nardin, myself, Patricia Machmiller, Linda Papanicolaou, Carol Steele, Ebba Story, Alison Woolpert, and Wendy Wright and a few other people whose names I didn’t catch. This went on until about 4:30 pm. Afterwards a group of fourteen of us went to a restaurant in Japantown to finish off the day.
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