Mind Celebration—Clay ~ #010 June 2014 (Two of Two) – Haiga and Haibun for Red Wolf Poems Prompt #214 Ritual and Celebration

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Remembrance Mind—Celebration


far away. grandmother dies.

I pull. a twenty five pound block. of clay. to me. I break off small chunks of clay. one handful at a time. a quarter to half a pound each. some smaller. some larger. I work each handful of clay. into a ball.

to each ball of clay. I add another clay. a coil I roll out by hand. and three dab buttons. these have meaning to me. beginning and end. an open life line. a section. of the cycle. and generations. I allow this meaning. to gain strength. as I work. each lump of clay.

a pinch pot. begins to form. through my fingers. sometimes a bowl-like shape. sometimes a cylinder-like shape. and I gather memories.

the beauty. of my grandmother. her kindness. her caring. her smile. her gardens. her gentle way. her endless. all day. cooking. her radio. laundry. sharing. comforting. on each visit. we laugh. eat. sleep. our story talk. our teachings. the buttons. she collects. from old clothing. the rain water. she collects. to rinse her hair. her rosary beads. in each hand. clicking. memories. I pour. into each. pinch pot.

sixty to seventy pinch pots. varying sizes. varying shapes. in rows. of six or seven. dry. I bisque fire them. glazing each. in the same way. the same process. dipping each pot. with a three finger grip. into a clear glaze. I fire them again.

these simple. pinch pot bowls. containers. to gather memories. as I work. I place memories. into each pot. one at a time. and more. when the pots emerge. from the final fire. I continue. to place memories. into these pots. each day. each memory. that comes to me. I place. in these bowls.

I explain the story of this process. the intent. the purpose. to grandmother’s families. friends. neighbors. in a way they can understand. a memory bowl. a container. to gather and place their own memories. of this woman. the one I call. grandmother.

I offer a memory bowl. to each person who listens.

each time. I touch. hold. look. into one of these memory bowls. even now. memories. of grandmother. return. into me.

this ritual. of memory bowls. a remembrance. a celebration.

I place a button
in her memory bowl


Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


This is my response to Prompt #214 Ritual and Celebration (Two of Two) for June 12, 2014 on the Red Wolf Poems blog.

My response is in the form of haiga and haibun. Two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry.

  • Haibun as I see it is prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku. 
  • Haiga as I see it is image which includes haiku as part of the image—image and haiku as one work.


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