Reposted with permission from the Hailstone Haiku Circle Icebox

Haiku on plates.Lawrence Jiko Barrow kindly opened his studio to Hailstone for a composition stroll (ginko) on Sun., 20 April, 2014. After lunch, we tried to paint, in underglaze colours onto preformed plates, something of what we had experienced. Each plate featured a haiku, some of which are given below.

photo-24The woods behind the studio rise steeply towards a hillcrest, on which stands the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, hardly a haiku figure! The fallen leaves were a mixture of the previous autumn’s (still unswept and undecayed) and the leaf-fall of the broadleaved evergreen trees and bamboos, which choose spring to shed. The dog, which belongs to Jiko’s landlord, is called ‘Charo’.

 

 

photo-10Easter Sunday –
the hailstone iron kettle
rusty

……………. Jiko

Higashiyama –
Cherry petals on the trail
A dog is reluctant to walk

……………. Tomoo

white fungus
has wound around the dead oak …
silence

……………. Mayumi Kawaharada

photo-1rustling fallen leaves
as we walk:
new spiralling ferns

……………. Akira Kibi

The dog confuses
My pen with a snack –
Spring woodland

……………. Tito

Circumambulating
The bamboo grove,
My father gently recalled

……………. Ursula Maierl

photo-2Absorbed in serenity
Leaves rustle, birds sing –
The warlord’s tomb!

……………. Eiko Mori

Hideyoshi’s tomb –
Nobody sweeps here
But the April wind

……………. Branko Manojlovic

Others participating: Peggy McMonagle, Akito Mori, John Dougill

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