The 2023 Tramping Calendar Haiku and Limerick Competition – Chapter 4

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    Rino Tukino

    No crowded ski-fields –
    the wild side of the mountain
    is untamed country

    #57339 Reply
    Tony Gazley

    When doors are stuck shut
    Sarah does not wait about-
    kick kick kick kick kick

    #57447 Reply

    Winter snows arrive –
    trampers head to cosy huts
    high in the mountains

    #57503 Reply

    That’s a very nice haiku from Mary. It shows all the characteristics of a classical haiku – there are three lines with a 5,7,5 structure, it’s nice and concise, there’s a kigo or “season word” (winter) and a kireji or “cut” (where the hyphen is), and there’s possibly even a slight hint of a symbolic meaning. In fact, it reminds me of the following haiku from the great Japanese haiku master Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694):

    Autumn approaches –
    heart dreams
    of four-mat rooms

    So it’s an excellent entry. Well done, Mary. But there’s still lots of time for other people to get entries in before the contest closes next month. There are still several photos that we haven’t had any entries at all for yet!

    #57526 Reply
    The Sahara Desert

    Pah! I spit on thee,
    puny pip-squeak Rangipo,
    thou pretend desert!

    The Sahara

    #57606 Reply
    Lake Taupo

    But you don’t have mates
    Warriors who rule with fear
    Fire smoke and brimstone.

    #57624 Reply
    Rangipo Desert

    Sahara Desert,
    you’re very rude and nasty,
    and quite ill-mannered.

    #57653 Reply

    Here’s a haiku about the December photo (Above Douglas River Westland National Park)

    Sunny camp today –
    creeping bands of cloud conceal
    tomorrow’s valleys

    #60430 Reply
    Lance Wood

    To follow on from Mary’s haiku, here is another one about the December photo:

    High mountain campsite –
    floating magic carpet ride
    above cotton clouds

    #61010 Reply

    And here’s another one about the December photo

    Up high I wonder
    what it’s like in the valley –
    and vice versa.

    #61200 Reply

    This is a limerick about the November photo of Okarito Lagoon

    Okarito Lagoon on the Coast
    has the kotuku as its proud boast.
    I’m sure Tony’s rearin’
    to bag a white heron
    (for a photograph, not for a roast!)

    #61256 Reply

    That’s a nice limerick from Mark – we haven’t had one for a while.

    This competition will be closing soon, so if you’ve got any last-minute entries, get them in in the next few days. Just think – you could be the proud winner of one of Tony’s superb calendars – a perfect Christmas present!


    #61395 Reply
    Mr Trogg

    Another one for the November photo

    Okarito Lagoon with a boat
    aground on the sand, not afloat.
    Tony’s off in a clearin’
    to photo a heron –
    a good shot would float Tony’s boat!

    #61445 Reply

    Calm days and blue skies –
    soon they will have flown away
    like the white heron

    #61544 Reply
    Lance Wood

    This is for the January photo

    Brooding volcanoes
    rear up shoulder to shoulder –
    flesh wounds on the earth.

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