Hello TDH ers, my name is Ann ( with no e) and I was born and brought up in South Wales. I graduated in French and Italian at Bristol University then moved to Wiltshire where I worked for many years in the electronics industry. After retiring twelve years ago I moved back to Wales with my husband and we now live in beautiful Pembrokeshire.
I have always loved poetry but only started to write it a few years ago….when it started to leak out .. mainly autobiographical and nonsense poems and I have particularly enjoyed illustrating some of them. So far I have earned three toilet brushes and two bottles of rum for my poetic efforts.
I would like to write my memoirs ( for my family) using three of the things I love – poetry, photography and painting. I’ve made a lot of progress with this thanks to TDH as many of my posts to the group have been autobiographical.
I think I had written just one Haiku before I became a member and have now written nearly five hundred! I love the way TDH manages to recreate the friendly atmosphere of the poetry evenings I used to attend in our local pub and which I have missed very much because of the pandemic – just a shame I can’t buy a pint too. Apart from the haiku themselves I love the conversational threads that trail behind the poetry – lots of sharing, humour, suggestions and support.
I like the variety of things offered by the group – poetry, music, art and films. Like Wendy, I made a play list from the TDH music prompt to which I often listen and am now addicted to Robert Plant’s “Please read this Letter”. I visit the group at least once per day and have learned a lot which I am now trying to put into practice.
At first I just tried to comply with the 5/7/5 rule…but I love the one breath haiku and tanka and senryu and haiga and my favourite.. haibun. I also enjoy concrete haiku – where the words are arranged to create an image or convey a meaning. So I have been experimenting with all of these and have done some background reading on the recommendations of other TDH members which has helped a lot – as have Sebastien’s famous haiku posts.
I tend to do a “word dump” and empty my head of all the words and thoughts relating to the subject then move them and remove them and read them out loud, then leave them for a while and look at them again, then do it all again. This means I am not a ten minute haikuer. I have never written a haiku en plein air – while sitting in a forest or watching the sea – maybe I’ll try that next. Often I post my haiku/senryu/tanka with one of my photos or a painting of mine which relates to the theme… which I suppose makes them haiga. Sometimes I post one of my longer poems – with a haiku introduction.
TDH has been a lifeline during this pandemic and I think I have made some new friends for life.
Here are some of my Haiku
( On meeting my future mother-in-law for the first time – we did become great friends.)
Milk in first or last?
She asks. In the middle I
reply. She stares….. stirs.
A concrete(ish) haiku
c u b
For the Gather (I wish we could) theme
we are scattered here today
as you’ll have gathered
For the Mountain theme
A recent haiku/haiga which was inspired by one of Sarah Davies’s mountain haiku.
My haiku is dedicated to all the TDH members
we haikued up this
mountain into thin air – now
help each other down