a red dragonfly skims
across the sound
My ku-buddy Melissa Allen, whose work is a constant source of inspiration, has put out a call for all things dragonfly (i.e., haiku, haiga, tanka) to be posted on her Red Dragonfly blog next week. For those of you who frequent Melissa’s blog (and if you don’t, why don’t you?), you may remember a similar posting she did a week or two ago on mushrooms, where she featured an amazing collection of mushroom-related haiga, haiku and tanka. Fun!
I wrote the above haiku for Melissa as a tribute to her wonderful coverage of Haiku North America’s recent conference in Seattle. Even though I wasn’t, alas, able to attend myself, Melissa’s pictures and reportage made me feel like I was there by her side as she wove her way through workshops and readings and dinners and all around Seattle. (Check out her postings of the event for a great vicarious haiku-esque vacation!) And remember to drop her a line (or two or three) of your dragonfly-inspired poetry. I’m going to try my hand at a tanka this time . . . just sayin’.