Still cold–a haiga

                    open door

Prompt:  Rick Daddario of 19 Planets Blog is hosting a haiga challenge over September.  The prompt for the Sept 1 for the southern hemisphere is the Japanese seasonal kigo ‘still cold’. 

Here is Rick’s description of a haiga – I don’t think I’ve achieved it here but it’s something I aspire to –

Both the image and the haiku of haiga should be able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a solid work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they should each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective possibly. In haiga the image should be more than a simple illustration of the haiku and the haiku should do more than simply describe the visual that is apparent in the image. There should however be a connection between the two that is enhanced by their relationship together in the work. This is the ideal I attempt in my haiga. Sometimes I succeed in these things. Sometimes I do not.

Detachment and writing haiku

In writing haiku Basho advocated a detached state of mind -

‘Go to the pine if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo if you want to learn about the bamboo.   And in so doing you must leave your subjective preoccupation with yourself.   Otherwise you impose yourself on the object and do not learn.’                                                                                                                                 Basho – The Complete Haiku – Jane Reichhold


‘Hawk may be bringing you the message that you should circle over your life, and examine it from a higher perspective.  From this vantage point you may be able to discern   the hazards which bar you from freedom of flight.’  The Discovery of Power through the Ways of Animals –  Jamie Sams                                        

Self doubt

self doubt(composite photo with layered text)

I’m currently  reading a book on Basho, the great Japanese haiku poet.  (Basho – The Complete Haiku by Jane Reichhold).   This paragraph jumped out at me:_

‘Often, as a haiku writer’s understanding and experience with the form grows and changes, he will return to previously written poems and revise them – as did Basho.   It is vital to remember that a poet writes a poem with all the knowledge and skills available to him at that moment.   With more study, wider reading, and deeper understanding, the poem would evolve, but we can still value the inspiration and capabilities under which it was written.’

I’m feeling an urge to rewrite most of the haiku I’ve posted on blogs –   I might re-post some of them after I’ve rewritten them.

Black and White Sunday–one of a kind

The post modern building that is home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia is definitely one of a kind.  2014-08-28 10.20.24

One of the current exhibitions reflects on how the curators look after the items of clothing they have in store.    To investigate how the garments were made they sometimes take x-ray photos of them – definitely one of a kind images.   (I photographed these photographs with my mobile phone)

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