The poet of ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, John Keats, would be proud of our group of Haikuists taking an autumnal walk around the Gosford /Edogawa Gardens on the Central Coast this past Saturday 9th March 2019. We were aware of the concept of ichi-go ichi-e, the Japanese idiom ‘treasuring the unrepeatable nature of the moment.’
Our happy band meets four times a year for our ginko; with Beverley George our leader and present were Kent Robinson, Verna Rieschild, Marilyn Humbert, Maire Glacken. Samantha Hyde, Colleen Keating with an apology from Gail Hennessy
Beverley commented how lovely to see our group growing and developing over the past year.
We began our morning with a welcome coffee and catch-up on the café patio sharing some newly published work and thoughts from our ‘homework,’ – a handout that Beverley emailed earlier to help us prepare.
We spent about forty minutes contemplatively moving around the garden, walking, sitting, pondering, jotting down thoughts and ideas for haiku writing; some of us lucky enough to have a haiku readily unfold to us.
Lovely to sit in the open tea room overlooking the white pebble beach, the koi and ducks performing in the pond as usual. Cheeky peewees and plovers and a solitary whip bird added to the delight of our morning.
We are privileged each visit to enjoy a quiet working space in the Art Gallery precinct and we gathered at a great round table to share our writing. We marvelled at the rich and varied takings from our observations. I feel sure we all feel encouraged and affirmed from our sharings.
We left inspired in our haiku writing and look forward to our next winter meeting.
Some stayed to enjoy the choices from the delicious lunch menu in the café.
Our special Ginko walk a seasonal walk along the beaches The Entrance, Blue bay and Toowoon Bay. Michael and I will make this season walk the first week of each season for the following year and note the changes.
AUTUMN March 11th 2018
TWO SETS OF FOOTPRINTS
MK two sets of footprints
crisp on the washed sand
autumn beach walk
CK on the horizon
shelf of thick cloud
MK edge of the ocean
elements in balance
cone of awareness
CK autumnal sun
catches the wet sand
our mirrored world
MK gulls saunter
pattern the sand
we ease past
CK olive-green seagrass
buzzes with insects
fresh from the ocean
MK warm touch of sun
dart of swallows
CK the blue-grey heron
we curve around
MK photographers in position
board riders at play
wait for the moment
CK near the headland
hang gliders colour the sky
MK step through this autumn morning
extras on stage
accept our transience
CK with incoming tide
two sets of footprints
The birth of my new book Hildegard of Bingen: A Poetic Journey like this fresh bud moist with morning dew is being birthed.
It was exciting to receive the manuscript from Ginninderra Press for my first read and edit.
Stephen and Brenda Matthews, from Ginninderra Press have worked very sensitively with my manuscript, that was accepted by them last year for publication.
Every step has its mix of excitement and challenge.
Now for the decisions about cover and blurb.
Hildegard receiving one of her visions .
This photo is taken in the ruins of Disibodenberg where Hildegard lived for nearly 40 years, firstly in an anchorage which opened up to become a convent as more girls and women even widows asked to come and live. Michael took this photo of me sitting in the area which is thought to have been Hildegard’s Kapelle.
Some of the items from Bingen that helped to inspire me on my writing journey.