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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - Haiku Flies When You're Having Fun...

April 20, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, Poetry Month, birds, nature, HSA, Haiku Society of America, Issa, David. G. Lanoue, workshops, conferences

Whew - I don't know about you, but I feel like April is flying by.

I can't believe it's already time for the Haiku Society of America/Southeast Region HONORING THE EARTH meeting & workshop I'm coordinating in St. Simons Island, Georgia! Hence, I'll keep this short, since the road beckons.

For our Earth Day celebration, part of our time will be spent on a birding ginko (haiku walk), led by haiku poet and teacher extraordinaire Tom Painting of Atlanta.

With birds on the brain, I thought I'd share this haiku of mine that appears in the current Frogpond:

our different truths
the rusty underside
of a bluebird

© Robyn Hood Black
Frogpond, Vol. 40, No. 1

Speaking of haiku and birds... Another of our speakers - poet, author, past HSA president and professor, David G. Lanoue - has agreed to allow me to use some of his ISSA translations in art and such. (His translations of haiku by Kobayashi Issa, who lived from 1763 to 1828, number more than 10,000.)

I got out my pointed calligraphy pen, ink, and pencils and such and designed a note card, above, with one of the poems David said he particularly liked. The colors might be more fall-like than spring, but I've gone ahead and listed it in my artsyletterEtsy shop. :0)

Here's the poem pictured above:

traveling geese
the human heart, too,

Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue

Thanks for lighting on a branch over here today, and enjoy all the poetic flights of fancy rounded up for us this week by the amazing Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference.


  1. April 21, 2017 1:24 AM EDT
    I love your description, "I got out my pointed calligraphy pen, ink, and pencils." Lovely card! Anything with geese always gets my attention. Have a lovely weekend, Robyn.
    - Alice Nine
  2. April 21, 2017 6:50 AM EDT
    I love your haiku in Frogpond so much! How DO you do it? Also, hand writing Issa's work sounds like a wonderful endeavor.
    - Tabatha
  3. April 21, 2017 7:42 AM EDT
    Your notecard is beautiful, Robyn.

    Have a wonderful time this weekend! I'll be there in spirit.
    - Diane Mayr
  4. April 21, 2017 9:16 AM EDT
    I will think of this haiku everytime the geese fly overhead, which is quite often around here. Enjoy the poetry and nature and company on the island with your retreat.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  5. April 21, 2017 9:51 AM EDT
    I love the two bird haiku, and the geese representing the human wandering. I was sorry to hear about your cat. (((hugs))) Have a wonderful trip and conference.
    - Brenda at friendlyfairytales
  6. April 21, 2017 9:52 AM EDT
    Robyn, I LOVE THAT HAIKU. Our different truths indeed... have a great weekend... and yes, the month is seriously FLYING. xo
    - Irene Latham
  7. April 21, 2017 10:05 AM EDT
    Haiku is so satisfying - like a long, deep breath. I enjoyed your post, Robyn.
    - KatApel
  8. April 21, 2017 10:40 AM EDT
    Enjoy what sounds like a lovely weekend! Since I learned of David sharing Issa's haiku every day from you, Robyn, I've loved reading and learning from them. How great that you will be able to use them in your art! I like your own haiku, too, remember that bluebird from growing up in Missouri. Thanks for all!
    - Linda Baie
  9. April 21, 2017 11:11 AM EDT
    What a beautiful card, Robyn! Your haiku has me thinking - and visualizing.
    - Tara
  10. April 21, 2017 12:15 PM EDT
    Lovely notecard, Robyn, and I love your bluebird haiku. Perfection. :) Enjoy your meeting and workshop this weekend. The walk sounds like fun.
    - jama
  11. April 21, 2017 12:44 PM EDT
    Beautiful. Just beautiful.
    I too feel like April has just flown by, like those geese overhead.
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  12. April 21, 2017 3:46 PM EDT
    (sigh) I love the idea of our truths compared to the bluebird. And you're right. Where has April gone?
    - Whispers from the Ridge
  13. April 21, 2017 7:17 PM EDT
    Robin! Your poem and Issa's...both make me turn my head on its side, make me see the world differently. Thank you ~
    - April Halprin Wayland
  14. April 21, 2017 11:41 PM EDT
    Such lovely comments, all - thank you! First night of our gathering was fun & fulsome; it's a full weekend! More soon....
    - Robyn Black
  15. April 21, 2017 11:49 PM EDT
    Oh I love that haiku. So vivid. The idea of the rusty side of bluebird immediately popped in my head.
    - iphigene
  16. April 22, 2017 6:51 AM EDT
    Yes, the bluebird carries different truths. So does the robin, Robyn!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  17. April 22, 2017 12:40 PM EDT
    Oh, those geese! They show up in so many bits of least in mine. I love how they represent so much. I hope they don't mind. Wonderful post today. Enjoy the gathering of haiku artists.
    - Linda Mitchell
  18. April 24, 2017 12:10 PM EDT
    Hi, Iphigene - so glad you enjoyed! Best wishes across the seas.

    Mary Lee - ha! Thanks for coming by.

    Hello, Dear Linda - I think the geese kinda like all our honking about them. Many stay year-round down here now. thanks for the good wishes; we had a glorious time and saw lots of birds, too!
    - Robyn Black

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