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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!

  2. wilderness
    the other side
    of double glazing

    signs of life
    in the living room

    or maybe on one line:

    midwinter signs of life in the living room

    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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