Tuesday, October 27, 2015

There goes the trolley

Another benefit of membership in the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society 
are our meetings at Markham House, the former home of  poet Edwin Markham, 
which also serves as a center for activities of
the San Jose Poetry Society, with which we are affiliated.
The Markham House has been moved from downtown San Jose to its position
in the San Jose History Park. I was standing in front of Markham House
looking east past another historic house when I saw this historic trolley in motion. 
I think the trolley cars are maintained and sponsored by a group of trolley aficionados, 
and a trolley will make a scheduled run through the park, or be used on special occasions.
The white building you can see behind the trolley is the Empire Firehouse.
It has been wonderful to get to know this park and its historic treasures in all seasons.
When we meet here, we try to have a section of the meeting 
reserved for walking about and writing haiku.

During the ginko at the meeting in February, 2007, I wrote these for Kay.

                              For Kay Anderson
sedges have edges
rushes are round, she taught me—
       late winter drizzle

all along the road
wild almonds in bloom—her life’s
       journey just ended

winter mist changes
to tiny drops of rain—
news of her passing

the russet squirrel
stops to wring his paws—
       spring rain

      June Hopper Hymas

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