I made the post below with the picture of Michael Parekowhai’s red piano and woke up this morning and remembered this haiku:
ants out of a hole —
when did I stop playing
the red toy piano?
– Fay Aoyagi, from In Borrowed Shoes (Blue Willow Press, San Francisco) 2006.
Fay’s haiku are always interesting as she ploughs a course different to most with her work. Read her blog, Blue Willow World, where she daily translates a haiku from Japanese into English.
And then this one … (red in her father’s face perhaps)
in the room above me
my father shouting
– Roberta Beary, from The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, UK, 2007)
And because it seems right to have haiku in threes, here’s another.
rain at last!
I ask the piano salesman
to riff a little Bach
– Carolyn Hall, The Heron’s Nest XVI: 2 (2014)
It was my pleasure to meet each of these talented poets in Long Beach last year.