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It’s show time here in Brisbane… one of my favourite times of year. So to celebrate, here’s a new haiku capturing a little bit of the Ekka experience.

ekka-ferris-wheel

into the lights
of the ferris wheel
the smell of cow shit

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Summer Ginko: Karawatha State Forest

Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a ginko (haiku walk) through Karawatha State Forest. Ten of us gathered to revel in the beauty of the summer morning that awaited us and of course, share in the wonder of haiku. So after a pot or two of authentic Japanese green tea (thanks Andrew) and recitations of some of the groups favourite summer haiku, we all set off to walk, and importantly, find a place to be still, to become one with the surroundings.

After an hour and a half of walking, contemplating and sketching from the senses, we gathered again and shared our experience… and some fine haiku were composed as a result. I am excited to share a selection of the group’s poems, along with some photographs by Cindy Keong.

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lizard
in a shadow
the kookaburra misses

Helen Ross

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crossroad
i want to go both ways
again

Trish Reid

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Rusted Bark CLK
Cindy Keong

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heavy sun
crow pleads
with the rusted tap

Katherine Battersby

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cicadas suddenly silent, all the burnt gum trees

Chris Lynch

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after the storm
one root of the grey gum
my broken toe

Andrew Phillips

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Roots CLK

Cindy Keong

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flashing sunlight at my eyes     butterfly

John Wainwright

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stubbing my toe
I mimic the crow’s call

Cindy Keong

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Quartzite Man CLK

Cindy Keong

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under a black wing
ants feast
the sky moves on

Andy Smerdon

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snake weather
he kisses his teenage daughter
on the mouth

David Stavanger

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The group will now compose a renga, leading off with David’s ‘snake weather’, which was voted the most resonant poem by the group on the day… Am looking forward to sharing that with you in the coming weeks.

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The Ekka 2010: pics and poems

Today is the last day of The Ekka for 2010. Sheish and I played our last show yesterday afternoon and we went off with a bang… the crowd responding with whoops and hollers and people coming to the front of stage at the end of the set to talk and thank us for our performance. This is what I love most about The Ekka… the generosity and kindness it brings out in the human spirit. It really does widen the smile on everyone’s face!

So with a little sadness in this weary heart (8 gigs in a row + a stint drumming for Sheish Money’s band last night at The Step Inn is seriously tiring), I post these pics captured at the 2010 Ekka by Cindy Keong and a few of the haiku she was responding to. Ah yes… another project emerges, so keep your eyes peeled for more news about this later in the year. 

 

                                                                people’s day
                                                                the whirling lights
                                                                of thrill rides

                                                                   dappled sky
                                                                   the appaloosa’s
                                                                   perfect run 

                                                                  showtime
                                                                  watching the fireworks
                                                                  in people’s eyes

 

 

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