a special birthday for a special friend
still reaches her eyes
It's Roberta Beary's 60th birthday today. Her youthful energy and attitude are a tribute to her great genes and sense of self. If you're the only haiku-senryu-tanka fan who is not familiar with Roberta's work, or with my admiration for a special friend, see the f/k/a
posting "the unworn necklace: roberta beary's gems
", from 2007. As often happens, when I reread that posting this morning, I found a passage I had forgotten that I wrote that still resonates, and is quite appropriate to say again to Roberta today:
[P]lease don’t feel that you have to “suffer for your art” this next
decade. Don’t visit the Dark Side just for your fans’ sake. But, do
take us wherever life brings you.
that same path again?
I slip on
my own frozen footprint
A holiday post card from Roberta Beary
, with an annual Happy New Year's haiku, inspired me to actually write something today. The poem was "inspired by actual events," as we're ending 2013 with a lot of frozen slush on the sidewalks, alleys and parking lots of Schenectady.
Happy New Year to all who stumble across simply senryu
this Holiday Season. Watch your step, please.
-photos by David Giacalone at the Lawrence Circle in the Schenectady NY Stockade District -
- click on the calendar for a larger version to view or print -
Yu Chang is 75 tomorow (really)
head held high
the old dog
ive years ago, I surprised a lot of readers at my weblog f/k/a
, when I announced that August 30, 2008 was Yu Chang's seventieth birthday. Although I realize that five years have indeed passed, I'm still amazed that my good friend and haiku mentor Yu Chang will be seventy-five tomorrow, August 30. I'm posting this a bit early to allow Yu's fans to react appropriately.
I'm lucky to have Prof. Chang living just two miles away, and upon his return from an annual visit to Maine, I hope to celebrate over green tea ice cream and bocce. We might even take our cameras over to the famed Schenectady New York Central Park Rose Garden (where we will again discover that there is plenty of beauty to be enjoyed even when a bit past peak).
By the way, Yu recently told me an old Chinese legend about red beans
. Read about it in the posting "longing for red bean ice cream
- 1st photo: Gateway Landing Gazebo, Rotterdam, NY, after hurricane Irene (Sept. 1, 2011)
- 2nd photo: taken at Congregation Gates of Heaven, Niskayuna, NY (April 30, 2011)
fantasy New Year trilogy
wife inspired a trio of haiga for Chinese New Year 2013.
Happy Year of the Snake!
another New Year
she still expects
Year of the Snake
she tempts me
with more apple pie
she brings my tripod
- photos taken by David Giacalone; Jumpin' Jack's fireworks, Scotia NY 2009 -
Here are a few senryu from the first week of "simply senryu
" in late November 2005
after Thanksgiving --
only the dog wants turkey
home for Christmas -
three old bladders
and one bathroom
married a decade
the mistletoe........... from second thoughts (2005)
a blue tongue
and a red mustache -
trading snow cones
poem: orig. pub. Frogpond (Winter 2008); photo: Arthur Giacalone
BabyB's gotta go (again)
See my news about BabyBarista and his move to The Guardian at dagosan's haiku diary today.
the baby barrister
unbuttons his vest