Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 21, 2009 - Workshop and Kukai

Blue Room - Pacific Asia Museum
Front Row: Wendy Wright, Peggy Castro, Lynn Allgood, Elva Lauter, Margaret Hehman-Smith, Deborah P Kolodji, Phyllis Collins
Back Row: Michael Angerman, D'Ellen, Tom Billicke, Kathabela Wilson, Ines Foley, Gini Carr
Not Shown: Susan Rogers, Janis Lukstein

The Southern California Haiku Study Group had its monthly workshop and kukai in the Blue Room of the Pacific Asia Museum on Saturday, March 21st. Fifteen enthusiastic haiku poets made for a lively and fun meeting. Debbie brought an edible kigo in the form of homemade Irish soda bread, still warm from the oven, which disappeared quickly.

A discussion of season words turned up the following: Irish soda bread, cherry blossoms, jade plant, chilly day, blossoms, green new growth, spring sunset, sowing seeds, weed wacking, eating outside/dining alfresco, daylight savings, buds budding, dew/wet grass, chestnut trees turning, horses shedding, first days of spring

Some high scoring samples from the kukai:

under the magnolia tree
I look for
yesterday's blossoms

- Phyllis Collins
shell-gathering --
a row of tiny shoes
on the sea wall

- Wendy Wright

on the windowpane --
a sea of grass outside

- Elva Lauter

warming my hands
on a hot cup of tea --
first day of spring

- Margaret Hehman-Smith
Afterwards, in keeping with the season, we dined alfresco at El Portal Restaurant. The next workshop and kukai will be on April 18, 2009.


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