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NaHaiWriMo 2019

Tomorrow is February 1st here in the U.S., and haiku poets across the land will go outside and look for their shadow. Or is that Groundhog Day? Anyway, whether we see our shadow or not, there will follow 28 days of haiku!  :- D

Rather than post to this blog each day, this year I will save up my work and post weekly.

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . Happy New Year — I mean, Happy NaHaiWriMo!

(I’m getting my holidays all confused. LOL!- )


Prompts, posts, and participant submissions: https://www.facebook.com/NaHaiWriMo/

More on NaHaiWriMo and writing haiku: http://www.nahaiwrimo.com

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Summer’s end

By Zee Zahava (stanzas 1, 3, 5) and Bill Waters (stanzas 2, 4, 6)

early September
lazy clouds
lazy me
 
floating on the breeze
a puff of milkweed fluff
 
heading toward the lake
seventy-six white butterflies
three dragonflies
 
weathered dock
my toes in the water
Queen Anne’s lace in my hair
 
a neat pile of cherry pits
lined up beside me
 
melting into the lake
a sherbet sun . . .
summer’s end


Published in Vines no. 3 (https://hedgerowpoems.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/vines-3.pdf), 1/30/19.

About Zee Zahava:

—> http://zeezahava.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

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Update: Postcards from the Edge 2019

This past fall, collaborator-friend Lorette C. Luzajic and I submitted a piece of postcard art to a benefit art show and sale in New York City called Postcards from the Edge. (I wrote about this project in a prior post: Postcards from the Edge.)

It was recently announced that this year, the 21st-annual event will be held on Saturday February 23rd, 10am-6pm, at . . . Bortolami, 39 Walker Street, Tribeca!

Bortolami Gallery, Tribeca

Bortolami Gallery, Tribeca.

Postcards from the Edge offers a rare opportunity to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork from internationally renowned and emerging artists for only $85 each. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, over 1400 works are exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who’s just making their debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love!

Postcards from the Edge, 2018

Postcards from the Edge, 2018.

If you happen to attend the event and see this postcard on the wall . . .

Red Poppy 29 (Time)

Red Poppy 29 (Time), by Lorette C. Luzajic. Poem by Bill Waters.

. . . please take a photo and send it to feedback4bill@juno.com. Lorette and I would be so grateful!  _/|\_


For more information about Lorette C. Luzajichttp://www.squarefootartbylorette.ca/about.html

For more information about Visual AIDShttp://visualaids.org/about

For more information about Postcards from the Edgehttps://visualaids.org/events/detail/21st-annual-postcards-from-the-edge

For more information about Bortolami Galleryhttps://bortolamigallery.com

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Lilacs

By Bill Waters (poem) and Robin White (photo)

Lilacs


Published in Daily Haiga (http://www.dailyhaiga.org/haiga-archives/2435/-slowly-by-bill-waters-usa), 1/18/19.

About Robin White:
—> http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/category/author/robin-white/page/3/

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Growing Up with G.I. Joe

In the 1960s, G.I. Joe was a proxy for the me I wished to be. Physically fit, self-reliant, and battle-tested (that facial scar!), he was armed and ready to defend American ideals. Loaded like a pack mule with equipment and supplies, Joe had all he needed to deal with enemies of any sort.

For me, G.I. Joe was not a figure of aggression. Like America itself (the romanticized version), he was as ready to extend a hand in friendship as he was to throw a punch in self-defense. He was part adventurer, part warrior, and part superhero — all that I was not.

Maybe I was too “into” G.I. Joe; I don’t know. But I was just a kid, and Joe — one of the true good guys in a boy’s life — helped me feel better about myself.

“it’s not a doll!”
ready for anything
his action figure


Published in Contemporary Haibun Online (http://contemporaryhaibunonline.com/pages144/Waters_Growing.html), 12/30/18.

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