…in worn, imperfect, transient things (a rusty hitching post). This week at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, the photo prompt was that of an old hitching post in the shape of an S and its shadow on the stucco wall behind it. Since the shadow was prominent, guest editor Marietta McGregor indicated that the subject of shadows could also be used to craft a haiku.
This pedometer geek writer used shadows to write a couple haiku, and the editor chose to include one of them in this week’s column. The haiku is as follows:
cloud shadows cross
~Nancy Brady, 2021
There is nothing quite so peaceful as lying on the bow of a sailboat and watching the jib above. As the clouds pass in front of the sun, they create shadows.
To read all the haiku chosen by Marietta McGregor for this week’s column, check out http://www.thehaikufoundation.org. Thank you, Marietta, for including mine along with the others. It is appreciated.
On another haiku-related subject, the Haiku Foundation also asks for participation in the weekly column called Renku Sessions. Renku is a linked haiku form, and under the leader, certain parameters are met to link the current verse to the previous verse without obviously linking to the rest of the renku.
Having no idea how those decisions are made did not deter this pedometer geek writer from participating nearly every week on the twenty verse renku. The leader, John Stevenson, decided to choose a different poet’s verse each week although he welcomed (and often commented favorably on) the verses suggested by those poets. He also commented upon verses that he also liked among the contenders before announcing which verse he chose to continue the renku.
This poet was shocked when John chose one of my entries for the nineteenth verse. To be honest, many of the ones I wrote have become a part of other haiku. I still don’t understand the form very well, but I enjoyed participating in the various renku the Haiku Foundation has run in the past. This renku, called The Way of the Wind, as well as all of the others are archived on the website.