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When I introduced my blog in 2011, I hoped to publish 50 posts before I ran out of ideas. What has carried me far past that goal is the development of a sketch book: crammed today with new ideas, topics, websites, scraps of poetry, and nature photos galore. It has helped me reach post 200 which features the art of photo/poetry.

The Japanese art form of Haiga, is one in which a short poem is accompanied by an image. The art lies in the relationship between the two. The image is not an illustration of the poem, nor is the poem a caption for the image. Each should stand alone, yet in juxtaposition the two must resonate to create a deeper and more complex meaning.

Traditionally haiga included two parts: an ink brush image (sumi-e), and a haiku, hand-lettered on the same paper. Today the development of digital imagery and the internet have allowed haiga to expand into new realms. Drawings or paintings are now scanned and presented with little or no adjustment, or they are manipulated in Photoshop and other software until the original is nearly unrecognizable. Photographs are often used as a starting point, or a purely digital image is created from scratch. The poem can be hand-lettered, scanned and pasted on the image, or applied directly over the image using the software’s font capability.

Below is a gallery of  my new and old selected haiga images. You may even decide to play with photo/poetry yourself, and I’d enjoy receiving samples of your work. Send your images to:  km3highnote@bigpond.com 

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Seed pearls front cover

‘Seed Pearls’ presents my collection of short Japanese verse forms. Within this little book are examples of the three line haiku, (the experience of nature or the seasons), the three line senryu, (human foibles spiced with humour) and the five line tanka, (dating back 1200 years, its content is passionate and descriptive, the perfect vehicle for expressions of love and loss).

Many themes are explored in this chap book and the messages can be deeply felt when reflected upon—a mindful meditation of sorts.

‘Seed Pearls’ can be purchased through Amazon and retails for $0.99 USD and in Australia from Amazon.com.au. Go to the Kindle store then type in, Seed Pearls. The book retails for $1.43 AUD.

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Misty Vineyard 1

an early morning chill
sunrise later – day’s end sooner

the turning of the leaves –
like a gentle mist
autumn slowly tiptoes in

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to enjoy and preserve
earth’s natural beauty

take only photos
leave only footprints
kill only time

 

 

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beyond snowfall
and barren branch
lies a deeper silence 
breaking our bond
to set us adrift

I hold my mother’s hand, feeling its tissue soft skin, her small fragile bones. She’s hunched over in her chair near the window. As I tell her about our family, her eyes grow cloudy and she withdraws. I speak on but she doesn’t hear me. I hold up a soft pink shawl I brought, yet she doesn’t see it. Then I lean forward excitedly with, ‘Why don’t we go for a drive, past our old house?’ She shows no interest. Finally I kiss her goodbye and move away, closing the door behind me. 

the sun has set
its light has dimmed
to mirror
this  long winter
of dementia

 

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magnificent tree –
so many years
to reach maturity
so few moments
to be felled

Australia celebrates National Tree Day on Sunday, the 28th July this year. Visit the website to view the activities planned for this day. http://www.treeday.planetark.org

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lines of poppies
stragglers beneath
the soldier’s honour roll
like a ragged wound
blood red

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blistering wind
and blazing sunlight
burns the dry grass
into burnished gold

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this morning
my bedroom glows
with golden light –
tonight the moon
will paint it silver

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Today we have the opportunity to take beautiful digital photos and to add a text directly to the image. These two ingredients allow us to experiment with an early art form known as haiga. Traditionally haiga is a Japanese invention combining a sumi-e (inkbrush image) and a three line haiku or a five line tanka poem, hand-lettered on the same paper. The art lies in the subtle relationship between the two.

The painting, drawing or photo is not simply an illustration of the poem, nor is the poem a caption for the picture. Each element should stand alone – yet in juxtaposition, the two resonate to add a deeper and more complex meaning to the total work.

Drawings, paintings or photos may be presented with little or no adjustment, or they may be manipulated until the original is nearly unrecognizable. Photographs can be used as a starting point. The poem can be hand lettered, scanned, pasted to the image, or applied directly using the font capability of a software program.

Through haiga, the old and new are blended into a unique multimedia artistic experience.

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