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Mission Beach Tour Diary #3: new haiku

Here’s the third and final installment of the Mission Beach Tour Diary, a selection of my own haiku from the ginko. I hope these continue to create a picture of just how magnificent and tranquil Mission Beach is…

low tide
a dog runs from
hand to stick


white sand
I drift along
with the butterfly


salt spray
the history of waves
against rock


nature reserve
stopping to notice
the weeds


choosing the same log     grasshopper and I


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Mission Beach Tour Diary #2: Beach Ginko

As you saw in the last post, the weather for our Saturday afternoon beach ginko was glorious. Really, in the vastness of the sky there was not the hint of a cloud… So here’s are a selection of haiku composed by the ginko participants as they walked, sat and contemplated deeply the true beauty of their surrounds. I have also included a few photos taken by my lovely wife to capture the action of the dig. I would like to thank each of the participants for their openness. It was a thrill to work with you all and I hope we can do it again one day soon.

catching hope
the coconut bowl
empty     empty


wind through palms
a thousand instruments
forget the words

Cate Richmond


with the sand
silver branch
finds its shadow


broken tree
listens to the wind
hearing itself

Lander Clifton

ant to ant
shadows touch
along their path


beach mosaic
balls rolled up
by sandcrabs

Barbara Bufi


bikini girl
rakes the sand
plovers parachute in


high tide mark
rainforest reaches
the rocks

Laurie Trott

saplings planted
amongst the fallen
cyclone brings new hope


a window
sunshine and beach
framed by ancient vine

Tara Webster


outgoing tide
cartwheels and cricket
a family day


pianola leaf
shafts of light
dance in the dust

Jacque Duffy


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Mission Beach Tour Diary #1: 5ft High Haiku

Let me first say, Mission Beach is paradise…

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day talking haiku with six local writers and leading a ginko along the beachfront. We also had the opportunity to workshop a number of poems composed during the walk and I plan to publish a healthy selection of these poems in a future entry in the tour diary…

But unlike any other ginko I have lead, the event culminated in the most voted for poem (by Barbara Bufi), being dug in 5ft high letters on the beach. The poem was then photographed from above by a plane and as you can see, the results were stunning… nothing like a 5ft high haiku to get the local beach goers talking poetry!

A massive thanks to Jacque Duffy for organising the event and for her artistic scribing of the poem and to all of the enthusiastic diggers of words. It was a day I will always remember.

beach mosaic was composed by Barbara Bufi


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Another Lost Shark 2012 Tour: Mission Beach Arts Festival

Winter has arrived and brought with it a clinging gloom, which makes this Lost Shark doubly excited to be heading north to the seaside town of Mission Beach this coming weekend. Earlier in the year I made my maiden trip to Cairns, so to be heading back that way again is an absolute thrill. Mission Beach is located 2hrs south of Cairns (approx 1600km north of Brisbane) and from all of the images I have seen, looks absolutely idyllic. Here’s what I mean…

And the reason I have my sights set on Mission Beach… well they are holding their inaugural Arts Festival as part of QLD Week celebrations. I am running a number of workshops, including a ginko (haiku walk) along Mission Beach, which I am sure is going to produce some amazing works, some of which will be written on large translucent paper and hung from coconut palms, while others will be etched in the sand and photographed from the air. A truly spectacular way to capture the written word! You can find out more details about the week of events at the Mission Arts site.

In anticipation of the warm salt air, I wrote this:

licking the colour
from an icy pole

Roll on Friday…


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