A Walkative Haik(u): a walking workshop that makes the essence of haiku accessible to English speakers

SUNDAY 12th MAY 2019

Many thanks to everyone who came along, experienced and contributed poetry to ‘A Walkative Haik(u)’ (Haiku Ginko) in Hyde Park on Sunday 12th May which was led superlatively by haiku poet and critic Yuzo Ono. The images are a selection taken by Simon King, Emma Harry and Ryan McDonagh.

Here are the haiku that we wrote on the day – not all conforming to the content and structure of the classic Japanese form …

BIRDS ON THE FIELD
THE DOG RUNS
FEATHERED SMOKE

STONE COLD MORTALS
REFLECT THE GOLDEN SUN
MEANWHILE, A CONSORT TOPPLES

DISTANT PLANE ROARS
CUT GRASS AIR DRIES
DAISIES PUSHING THROUGH

LURKING TREE BY DAY
BRIGHT PAGE IS QUITE HUMBLE
THE PARK’S STATIONARY

HIDDEN BEHIND TREES
THEN WOBBLING
SNEAKING UP FROM BEHIND

“I AM NOT HERE”
IS A TREE STRIPPED BARE?
OR TWO THOUGHTS HALF FULL

IN PILED FORMATION
EIGHT KNEECAPS CHEER
AGAINST THE YELLOW HEADWIND

THE WIND MEETS
THE GRASS
THEY APPLAUD

STARLING CUTS SKY
DECKCHAIRS REST IN STACKS
MEMORY OF SNOW

PURPLE KNIGHTS
PLANT THEIR FEET,
MAKE THOUGHTS TOO

A LOUD CLICK IN
CONDENSED TIME
TASTES LIKE APPLE

IN THE BOWER SHADE
MUFFLING GRASS HIDES
CADENT RHYTHMS, DISTANT VOICES

HOW THE TREES ARE FOR ME
THE FLOWERS ARE
FOR THE BEE

THE GOLDEN STATUE IS
WAITING FOR THE REVOLUTION
– OR JUST SMILING?

THE TREE TRAPEZE SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS OPEN
FLY NOW

ARE TRAPEZE BOYS
LOVING THEIR BLUE
IN THIS WAY?

HELLO SQUIRREL
NICE THAT YOU CAME TO MY BENCH
WHY RUNNING AWAY?

FRIENDS OF THE GARDENS
DOG TAILS WAG
ROOTS PLANTED TO STAY

A COOT CLICKS
PATTERNS SHIMMER ON THE SURFACE
JUMP AND SPLASH

A LITTLE GIRL TOUCHED MY LEG
HER MUM SAID: “SHE IS A STRANGER, DON’T TOUCH HER”
I’M NOT A STRANGER

I SEE YOU BINOCULAR CHILD
RUSHING, RUSHING

SMILING UP AT LIGHTNING
SOME SAY IT’S LUCK