fleur-de-lis . . .

Rick Daddario’s September 7 challenge for his “30 Days of Haiga” is to create a haiga based on “grandmother memories.”  I never had a chance to know my paternal grandmother, who died of complications from appendicitis when she was only 30, leaving two small boys–my father and uncle–as well as her husband to cope with life; however, I decided to use this beautiful picture of her to create a haiga.

When I started really looking at the picture, I noticed a fleur-de-lis–a symbol of royalty and eternal life–on the pedestal she’s resting on.  It seemed an appropriate jumping off point for the haiku I paired with Minnie’s picture (click to enlarge) . . .

About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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5 Responses to fleur-de-lis . . .

  1. Yousei Hime says:

    Beautiful. Can one have a haiga as part of a haibun? That would make a splendid one.

    • Thank you, Tawnya . . . I’m not sure about your question. I’ll have to look into that!

      • oh. i’m interested in what you discover on this (Yousei Hime’s) question too Margaret. i know images with haibun are accepted in some places and not in others. i had one turned down by an online publication which featured someone who did haibun within an image. they said they would not accept others who did this last year(?). i looked up some of my earliest works of this nature and found some from 2006. and i still do them. and some places accept them.

        Melissa (of Red Dragonfly) has accepted them for some publications I know.

        my opinion – would be if it’s not accepted as haibun then do it anyway and call it what you’d like. it would be fun if that became the name it is known by in the future. cool on that. haigabun. well. no. maybe not exactly that. sounds a bit like a poppy seed bun. . . sheesh.

        uh-oh. i’m rambling. ha. regardless of rambling – i like your haiga, Margaret and i like Yousei Hime’s question too. aloha.

  2. aloha Margaret – that is a beautiful photo of your grandmother. there is a presence in older photographs like this that both reflect the beauty of the person and the respect they had for photos. interesting.

    i like the stillness – yes what stillness in a fleur-de-lis. i like that. i’ve seen them in cloisonné, sculpture, bas relief, and flat designs. and they are always so perfectly still. just like the stillness in a photograph. cool.

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