Whilst at Moreton, I spent my time planning a small series of artist books based on my experiences there. In particular I delved into the world of 'Haiku', an Asian form of poetry. Haiku is loosely based on a 3 line poem of 17 syllables. More importantly, writing and reading Haiku is like a spiritual journey - traditionally it refers to a season or some aspect of the natural world. This journey is one of mindfulness and becoming aware of the smallest detail. In my Haiku, I have explored the banksia flowers and the honeyeaters feeding on them; the feeling of my toes in wet sand; as well as the effect of bushfire and oil spills on the landscape.
This is my first experience of Haiku and I loved it. Once the flow of writing Haiku started, I couldn't stop it - thinking about the poems as I swam and snorkelled (unfortunately there was no way of writing it down at the time!)
Here are a couple of samples of my first attempts (work in progress!), enjoy....
|Banksia cones open|
Black branches point to the sky
Beginning and end
On golden banksia cones, open
And rich with nectar
|Sand Bubbler's burrow|
Neat balls of sand surround it