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Haiku Comics of The Hamilton Bay — “wordless”

Welcome to Haiku Comics of Hamilton Bay. Every couple weeks Monica Plant will share her special watercolor haiga, inspired by her favored Canadian landscape and terrain.

“With this particular posting, I want to invite visitors to the page to create and to share a haiku (if so inspired) based on the image of the snow piled outside, and the warmth and green inside.” Monica Plant

Monica Plant is a Hamilton (Ontario, Canada)-based artist, writer, and naturalist. She is also a self-described contemplative who “moves at a slow enough pace to see and hear things.” Introduced to haiku comics through Seattle-based comics artist David Lasky, she began publishing Haiku Comics of the Hamilton Bay, which shares her love of pause, place, drawing, writing, and the urban wild; the comics featured on The Haiku Foundation site stem from this series.

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  1. Thanks for the feedback, Monica. I cut out a fourth one to submit to the Haiku Dialogue – we’ll see whether it gets anywhere.

    I like the watercolour sketches and believe that it is more stimulating to write a haiku from a sketch (where the artist has already abstracted some key elements of the scene), than from a photograph (where often there is a lot of redundant visual information).

    Carry on!

    1. Evan,
      Thank you so much for visiting this page and for offering your accompanying haiku with the image. I love that your haiku refers to a season buried deep beneath the snow, one that I wouldn’t otherwise have given even passing thought to; reference to it creates a nice tension with the piles of snow. Beautiful!

      1. Thank you so much! Your commentary certainly helps me to grow as someone new to writing haiku!

  2. wilderness
    the other side
    of double glazing

    midwinter
    signs of life
    in the living room

    or maybe on one line:

    midwinter signs of life in the living room

    evergreen
    a trembling leaf
    above the radiator

    1. Keith,
      Wow! Such an abundant gift to receive your multiple haiku offerings. Each makes me relate to the image in a different way. In the first haiku, I love the unexpected mention of double glazing (especially after leading with the word “wilderness”). I especially love the one line version of haiku number 2, and appreciate that you considered/tried out both formatting options. The third haiku, like the first one, led me to an unexpected place: inside rather than outside, where I thought “evergreen” would be leading me. Thank you so much for visiting and for sharing.

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