Wednesday, December 20, 2006

December 16, 2006 - Workshop and Kukai

Dodging a sudden rainstorm, the Southern California Haiku Study Group met at the Pacific Asia Museum on December 16th. Darrell Byrd, Nardin Gottfried, Linda Galloway, Debbie Kolodji, Wendy Wright, John Wong, and Tom Bilicke participated in the kigo discussion and kukai.

Some of the kigo appropriate for December:

The Season: beginning of winter, winter solstice, first frost
Sky and Heavens: snow moon, Geminids, winter sky
Mountains, Fields, and Ocean: winter sea, frost flash, crunchy grass
Flowers and Plants: winter magnolia, toyon berries, early camellias
Birds and Animals: winter loon, cats mating, red-tailed hawk
Human Affairs: missing glove, Christmas bonus, flu

A couple of high-scoring haiku from the kukai:

winter rain --
the broken spout
on the teapot

- Wendy Wright

blooms of a leafless tree--
trying to make sense
of my life

- Linda Galloway

The next SCHSG workshop and kukai will be on January 20, 2007 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Pacific Asia Museum.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Yuki Teikei Christmas Party

(left to right) Betty Arnold, Roger Abe, Jerry Ball,
Carol Steele, Wendy Wright, Nardin Gottfried,
Linda Galloway

Three members of the Southern California Haiku Study Group traveled north to attend the Yuki Teikei Society Christmas Party in the Bay Area at the home of Patrick and Claire Gallagher. There they were also able to spend an afternoon with Jerry Ball and have a renku.