Brisbane River Ginko

On Sunday, I braved the autumn drizzle and a very large group of cyclists and set off along the bank of the Brisbane River along with six haiku enthusiasts on the first of our planned ginko. 

While it may not have been the kind of day that pulls you from your Sunday morning slumber, it is amazing how the small world of an umbrella makes you focus. Here’s a haiku sequence I wrote while out walking:

                                   Brisbane River Sequence

                                               dawn river
                                               my head
                                               yet to clear

                                               morning walk
                                               just enough rain
                                               to give the river voice

                                              standing alone
                                              the puddle at the edge
                                              of shelter

                                              waiting for
                                              the 7am ferry
                                              lone cormorant

                                             whistling at the joggers
                                             the old man’s
                                             hearing aide

                                             magpie song
                                             the day brightens
                                             under my umbrella

At the end of our ginko, we gathered together and shared our morning’s work, each poet presenting their favourite haiku of the morning, then casting their vote to select the poem of the trip. The winning poem from the Brisbane River Ginko was written by Cindy Keong.

                                                             lingering heat
                                                             my sweat beads
                                                             on the lawn

Next Sunday we are off to Sandgate for a coastal ginko. Nothing like sea air in your lungs to start the morning.

                                                                          * all photographs by Cindy Keong


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6 responses to “Brisbane River Ginko

  1. I particularly enjoy those last three – cormorant, old man and magpie. That grey Brisbane atmosphere is close overhead through the whole sequence.
    Nice photos and ku Cindy
    Keep them coming Graham.


  2. superb poems & images…and, btw, how much is a ticket from BWI to Brisbane 😉 ? RT

  3. I also like the last three lines as well as the photo you paired with them.

  4. Awesome stuff Graham. I really love this one:
    ‘magpie song
    the day brightens
    under my umbrella
    Still so hot for autumn (well it is up here anyway).

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