The Haiku Foundation started a new weekly column called A Sense of Place in July. It was to take poets back to their roots of haiku writing by concentrating on the senses. Kathy J. Munro chooses the haiku based on the theme.
Kathy’s first choice of place was The Shore, and her first choice of sense was sight. From there, she continued weekly with the same place, but with a focus on hearing, smell, taste, and touch respectively.
As I live a block from Lake Erie, most of my haiku focused on that shore for my inspiration; however, the last came from a memory of a vacation trip with my family nearly thirty years ago. Even now, I remember how grossed out my sons were with my picking up what-to-them was a slimy sea cucumber (an echinoderm), which then acted defensively as it should.
for lake glass
the waves slap
turkey vultures gather
on the lake shore
Lake Erie catch
onto fried perch
the sea cucumber lies limp
across my palm
Nancy Brady, 2018
To see all the selected haiku about the shore and the sense of touch for this week, including a few featured haiku with commentary, consider checking out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org: A Sense of Place—Touch.
Thank you again, Kathy, for choosing to use one of my haiku for your column this and the previous weeks.