Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Voices of Children and Birds

This morning on the last day of the 2015 Yuki Teikei Haiku Retreat at Asilomar,
the Monterey Bay looked like this--after heavy rain in the night. The sea was very active,
with lots of brilliantly white crashing surf. And birds were everywhere overhead!

One of the highlights of this year's Retreat 
was the introduction by Emiko Miyashita 
(who traveled from Japan for the Retreat)
of the current anthology of children's art and haiku
Impressions of Dreams, edited by JAL Foundation.
The book is the result of a biannual competition 
sponsored by Japan Airline's JAL Foundation.
Emiko brought copies to share and also sets of the postcards 
that are made from individual haiku.
Each haiku is presented in the original language of the child
and translations into English and Japanese,
Every page has colorful reproductions of children's art from the same contest.
The haiku are funny or thoughtful, clever or wise, and always delightful;
they were written by children from all over the world.
The art is reproduced in bright, shining color.
We went around the room taking turns selecting
just one haiku to read aloud. Wonderful!
Here is just one:

To fly with belief
Free like a feather
to fly even without wings--

Mariam Martirosyan, Armenia

Impressions of Dreams, JAL Foundation, 2014, page 82.

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