Bird Song Flute ~ #007 August 2014 – Haiga and Haibun; Plus an Introduction to 30 Days of Haiga 2014

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Sounding Window


wind music. breath music. the sound of a light breeze. each breath. among leaves.

birds. each morning. the notes of a flute. soft. soothing. low. quieting. in my dreams. awakening. unlonely. the night. drifting away. gray. leaves. become green. in the sunlight.

for a moment I lay in that half-state. between sleep dreams. and this awakening. dream. listening. to my window.

the long light of morning. across tree trunks. orange-red bark. summer. a fence dove cooing. a tree bird. answering. along a branch. calling. each note. the rhythm and pattern. a question. and answer. a delicate song. the percussion. wind chimes. bamboo.

my eyes clearing. my mind drifts to music. a melody. this melody. of life. I learn. again. each day.

the sound of summer
through my bedroom window
bird song

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Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • iPad 2 Digital Camera
  • ArtStudio App
  • Foolproof App
  • Hanx Writer App
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

Haiga and Haibun are two of the many Haiku and Related Forms in the field of poetry.

Haiga as I see it is image which includes haiku as part of the image—image and haiku as one work.

Haibun as I see it is prose, poetic prose or poetry (other than haiku) plus one or more haiku.

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September 2014 and The 4th Annual 30 Days of Haiga

Haiga ~ Image with Haiku as One Work

This September (2014) I will again attempt to create and post at least one haiga per day for the entire month. I may or may not achieve this goal—however the fun is in trying. This year I may or may not attempt haibun (which is not required) as well.

You are welcome to join in as often as you are able to do so—and invite your friends; especially those who enjoy and create haiga. 

Each day I will post prompts for the next three days so you’ll have some lead-in time to create your haiga (beginning August 28/29, 2014). You do not have to use these prompts to join in of course.

Doodle, draw, paint or photograph on paper, canvas, in the sand or with digital technology—and play (or in any other way you wish) to create a visual image that includes haiku within the image as one work. 

No sign-up is required. 

Post your own original haiga that you create for that day on your blog: the idea being to create at least one new haiga each day and post it.  

Click and add your post link (which is different than your blog link) to the Link Button for that day on the 19 Planets blog. There will be a new link box for each day. 

Look at what others do through the link box. Comment in positive, appropriate ways about what you see or like in the haiga of others, or what the work makes you think about in your own experience, or a memory the work brings up for you. You can of course even story if it comes to you via the haiga. I may or may not be able to visit work this year.

I suspect we each have our own ideas about haiga. Currently this is how I see haiga:

Both the image and the haiku of haiga should be able to stand alone, independent of each other, each remaining a solid work. Together as haiga, along with a visual balance, they should each offer something new or different to the other—a greater understanding or an alternative perspective possibly. In haiga the image should be more than a simple illustration of the haiku and the haiku should do more than simply describe the visual that is apparent in the image. There should however be a connection between the two that is enhanced by their relationship together in the work. This is the ideal I attempt in my haiga. Sometimes I succeed in these things. Sometimes I do not.

The bottom line is of course to have fun creating haiga and to learn about the ways others create haiga too.  Aloha—Rick

The prompt for September 1, 2014 is:

  • 1. Use the early autumn/spring kigo phrase “remaining heat” (Northern Hemisphere); “still cold” (Southern Hemisphere) [for Sept. 1]

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