still life:
the pear's
pitted skin

—Helen Buckingham

first published: "Frogpond"

About the author: Born in London, 1960. Now lives in Bristol in the south-west of England. Her haiku have appeared in Acorn, Frogpond, Mainichi Daily News, Mayfly, Modern Haiku, Roadrunner, Snapshots and The Heron's Nest among others, and last year featured in A New Resonance 5: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press). Her work has been placed in a number of competitions including, most recently: The Basho Festival Award and The Snapshot Press Calendar Competition.

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Responses to the haiku for 26 July 2006 by Helen Buckingham

    2006-07-26 12:29:31

    Dear Helen -
    a truly wonderful haiku.
    Best wishes - Lynne

    sue stanford
    2006-07-27 03:55:50

    I enjoyed this haiku! I loved the pun on 'still life' - the painterly and the fact the pear is still alive. Pears are often associated with women, so I couldn't help seeing this as a metaphor of aging. We don't like how our skin gets old, but your haiku shows there is still plenty to celebrate. Thank you.

    2006-07-27 11:01:31

    I agree with Lynne & Sue too, and by the way Helen is also a runner up in the With Words @ Oppo} haiku competition!

    I'll be making an exhibition of the contest entries, for the Bristol Poetry Festival, which will replace the current Haiku Post-It Exhibition.

    There are a lot of haiku events happening in Bristol from this week-end and into September. Details on Area 17 & Haiku Bulletin News.

    Georgia (georgia_k at verizon dot net)
    2006-07-29 13:54:33

    Very nice haiku, Helen. I love its painterly quality.

    painted turtle
    asleep in his house --
    still life

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2006-08-03 11:16:59

    off-white statuesque stork
    staring past willowy reeds--
    i move, first