Haiku

"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!  You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.  In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.  You were with me, but I was not with you.  Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.  You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.  You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.  You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you.  I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.  You touched me, and I burned for your peace." -- St Augustine Confessions
 
I came late in life to actually writing down words that had, for the previous six decades of my life, filled my life.  I was influenced and urged my friends to tap the underground springs of my silence using what has now been adopted from Japanese culture and gathered under the descriptive name 'haiku'.  This writing activity has occupied much of my time over the last four years thus I can claim no mastery of the rich sparseness of word and image that the form affords.  While generally I resist the temptation to seek to publish what I produce, I do, on rare occasions, submit work to journals, anthologies and kukai.  Daily I share works in progress on Facebook where they slowly slip by in the digital deluge of chatter to oblivion. 

There remains an attachment to a three-line structure because it suits best my personal congestive breathing patterns - a tricycle rather than a bicycle or a unicycle that require good lungs and youthful fitness to manage the trick of remaining upright.

 
 
 
 
 

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February marks the third month of the New Zealand summer.  The month started off with the publication of three of my pieces in the Right Hand Pointing haiku special issue and ended with the publication of another three pieces in John Martone's newly launched Otata ezine.  

Temperatures rose to record-breaking levels between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius while cicada's thickened the already sluggish air with their sound.  The harsh New Zealand sunlight pounded the earth into a soul-baked lethargy.

I spent most of these days reading and migrating the Living Haiku Anthology to a new web hosting server seeking to improve its functionality and ability to make available with ease a vast treasure-house of global haiku.  Don and I have been blessed with a great team who share our vision.  Richard Gilbert joined us this month.  His keen eye enhanced by his academic and literary skills are very helpful in bringing the original vision to an even greater and enduring fruition.

The reading month was capped by the receipt of a parcel from Sheila Windsor in England containing a copy of her first publication, Totem.  I continue to savour the contents as I treasure the gift.


 
 
 

My childhood home.I returned this month for several weeks to my roots in the deep north of Aotearoa / New Zealand visiting childhood memories and re-establishing contact with relatives I have not seen for over forty years.

 

 

 

 


Childhood futureReaping the rich harvest of last month's departure to the narrow road to the deep north of my memories, I continue my journey through August into the deeper interior that is always with me.

This image is what I looked out to every day of my childhood.  It is an accurate portrayal of the hazy future that always tugged at me.

 

 

 

 


September marks for me the time of year I was born - the beginning of spring in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
 

 

 

 

 

 


swan-songMy writing output is much reduced this month as we moved home from Upper Hutt to the Kapiti Coast taking with us not only our possessions but also the accumulated treasures of our children.


 

 

 

 


Kapiti CoastWe start to sink our roots down in to the area we now call home even as the earth goes through its own upheavals as if to uproot us and wash us away. The photograph is from on the Kapiti Coast.

 

 

 

 

 


Summer comes to settle its weight on the southern hemisphere.