Burying Mei

Stepping off the train, the heat instantly punches like a surreal home-coming, searing away years of rebellious absenteeism. I make my way along the open platform into the roofed area, through the red brick arch into the shabby Victorian interior with its cracked tessellated tile floor, past the ticket office and waiting room, through the cast-iron gate and back out into the sun again: a cruel, oven-hot, bone-dry shimmering presence and memory merges with the present.

Wild Swans Glide Through Morning Mist at Lakes Entrance

Awake at 6:30 the lake was silver with a light mist just beginning to descend. At least 8 black swans glided past looking like little ‘nessies’ as the mist closed in. Ten minutes later the sun set everything golden and the mist lifted again. With our very generous breakfast on the veranda, blue skies and birdlife, we didn’t want to leave.

22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition

Reposting this haiku competition. Plenty of time to be inspired and write some wonderful haiku.

Australian Haiku Society

Entries for the 22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition in Kumamoto are open until September 11th 2017. Applicants may submit 2 previously unpublished haiku by mail or via the online submission page. For further details please visit the website. Awarded haiku from previous years may also be read here.

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