Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Belle of Haiku

Here is the message from Carolyn Hall to let us know
of the passing of that wonderful bright haiku spirit and sprite,
Laurabell Hawbecker. Good night, dear friend. . . jhh

From: Carolyn Hall
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2016 6:09 PM
To: Carolyn HALL
Subject: Laura Bell (Laurabell Hawbecker) 1925-2016

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Dear HPNC members,

I just received this notice from Judyth Greenburgh, a friend of Laura Bell:

"Our dear friend Laura Bell peacefully passed away November 30, 2016 at home with her teddy bear and rabbit in her arms and her faithful friend Ruth by her side. She had wanted to be home where she didn’t have to wear any stupid hospital gowns and could go the same way she came into this world.

She will be missed by her family and all her friends. She can now freely tap dance on her houseboat with Bob playing the jug."

I am particularly sad to hear of her passing. Not only was Laurabell the spriteliest person I ever met, but she was my haiku mentor. Back in 1999 and the early 2000's she taught me all she knew about haiku, and introduced me to the Haiku Poets of Northern California . . . for which I am eternally grateful. She was an active, and adored, member of HPNC until approximately 2003 when she and Bob moved from their Sausalito houseboat to the desert in Inyokern CA (which was better suited to Bob's health). We've missed her ever since.

Laurabell was a senryu master, always able to make us laugh! But she wrote heartfelt haiku as well.

Here are a few of her poems from Mariposa:

between showers
hanging the clothes out
hanging the clothes out

#1 1999

greeting my sick friend
the apology
in her eyes

#1 1999

sun-baked desert
the breeze I waited for
hotter still

#4 2001

desert quiet
a click of the camera
moves the burro’s ears

#4 2001

fall sale
women’s skirts half off
at the mall

#5 2001

spring flood
the scrubbed face
of a river rock

#6 2002

darkening mountain
red in the warmth
of the setting sun

#8 2003

Last, but not least, here is a link to a film Judyth made 
of Laurabell. We are so fortunate to have this!

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