HPNC Cherry Blossom Ginko
March 20, 2011 (Sunday)
March 20, 2011, Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
(from left: Maxine Grodjinsky, Susan Antolin, Linda Papanicolaou, Paul Watsky, Fay Aoyagi, Susan Diridoni, Gary Gach, Garry Gay
(a photo taken by Carolyn Hall)
Fortunately, we had a nice weather on March 20, 2011. It was a little bit early for full blossoms, but we enjoyed the sunny afternoon at Japanese Tea garden.
The following are sample haiku of that day.
cherry blossom cloud—
how long will it last
this pledge to remain grateful
my blossom memories
filling wih sun
oohs and aahs
my far-away home
bending in the wind
At the nearby restaurant, we did a haiku exercise called ‘fukuro-mawashi’
(direct translation will be ‘passing a bag).
There is a word written on each envelope and a poet must use it.
“south” or “road”
(these were selected because of a name of the restaurant)
Taking the south road
I start my adventure with
a wandering moon
“cherry blossom thief”
(one of many ‘blossom’ kigo from a Japanese saijiki. The meaning is ‘a person who steals a blossoming cherry branch.’)
(a day before was ‘supermoon’; the moon was closest to the earth in 19 years)
hugs her child