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Brisbane River Ginko II

Sunday is quickly rolling around… so before we hit the shores of Sandgate, here’s a handful of haiku from our Brisbane River Ginko from the ‘three Johns’ of the group.

                                                               ferry wake
                                                               the river
                                                               speaks up

                                                               cello lessons
                                                               under the paper-bark
                                                               days lengthen

                                                       John Wainwright

                               baby grasshopper on my page
                               this autumn morning
                               it will learn to fly

                               reading Issa
                               I kill my first moth

                               a row of ducks in the rain
                               even the hermit
                               must smile

                              Jonathan Hadwen

                                                             full moon
                                                             the river rises
                                                             with my anxiety

                                                             autumn river
                                                             a leaf takes
                                                             its final voyage

                                                     John Koenig


Cindy Keong has also posted two new haiku on her site and they are well worth the click! And while I am mentioning Cindy’s work, here’s a few photos of Sandgate for those who haven’t had the pleasure. Let’s hope the weather holds…



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Going on a ginko…

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of holding a haiku workshop with a keen group of local poets. The workshop was the introduction to a series of ginko (haiku walks) that we will be embarking on over the next five Sundays. And if the first session was anything to go by, I have a feeling that there are going to be many fine poems written…

At the end of the first session, John Wainwright read this haiku to the group:

                                                         gathering mushrooms
                                                         the dove coos

A superb first attempt!

Cindy Keong has also posted a haiku (and photograph) at her site since the workshop and Lee-Anne Davie has had a flurry of creativity sending me through many fine poems… one of my favourites:

                                                          harvest rain
                                                          grapes hang
                                                          heavy on the vine

So I can’t wait to see what comes from this Sunday’s walk along the Brisbane River. Will keep you posted…

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