Mount Hood Community College was the venue for the second annual Skosh Japanese Children's Festival and Cultural Fair. The Haiku Society of America sponsored a popular information table and weathergram craft activity, where participants ranging from school age children to adults could try their hand at writing haiku. Cara Holman, Lisa Hills, Jim Rodriguez, and David staffed the HSA table, answering questions and sharing information about writing haiku.
Name: Cara Holman
Location: Portland, Oregon
How long have you been writing haiku? Since 2009.
What other related Japanese forms do you write? senryu, haibun, rengay, renku, tanka, and collaborative photo haiga
Places your haiku have appeared: Sketchbook, Riverwind, Frogpond, Notes from the Gean, The Heron’s Nest, A Hundred Gourds, Mariposa, Prune Juice, Daily Haiku, Modern Haiku, Multiverses, tinywords,
Back in February, I saw a notice that haiku about blossoms were wanted for “Haiku for Hope”, an art exhibit that was raising funds for a cancer hospital back east. Few causes are nearer or dearer to my heart, and so I sent along a couple of my haiku that had received Honorable Mentions in the latest Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
I am pleased to have one haiku selected to be matched with a photograph, and that the exhibition is viewable online, through an article in The Baltimore Sun. It made it even more special that I know two of the other haiku poets whose haiku were also selected: Roberta Beary and Charlotte Digregorio. Proceeds from this art show go towards Howard County General Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.
cherry blossom petals
this quiet hour
the tree she planted
about to leaf
Mariposa #28, Spring/Summer 2013
“Did you know a plane flies over your house every seven minutes?” Dad asks. I didn’t know that. Dad is checking his watch again. “There goes another one,” he says triumphantly. I check my watch. He’s right. It has been exactly seven minutes. Dad likes to measure things. He was a scientist, before he retired. He taught me how to measure my pulse, how many steps to take before letting the kite string out, and how to count the gap between lightning and thunder. In his world, everything is precise and orderly. The hospice nurse says he has six months or less to live. That’s a lot of airplanes.
one by one
Contemporary Haibun, Volume 14
five year recheck
I shiver in the warmth
of winter sunshine
Acorn #30, Spring 2013