Organized by Dr Caroline Jackson-Houlston, Spring Leaves invited visitors to the OutBurst Festival to compose a haiku inspired by the season of spring and by images provided by Dr Jackson-Houlston. A selection of these haiku is reproduced below.
Participants were encouraged to use the traditional form of three lines, with five syllables in the first, seven syllables in the second, and five syllables in the third line.
Sunshine and showers Green spikes piercing the hoarfrost Spring leaves unfolding
In Memoriam Ros Tallett, 23 October 1938 – 19 June 2014.
Leaves of spring cherry Are red as autumn maple: Petals fall like snow
washed black trunk, branches necessary pipework, spray leaves of palest green
Green leaves, white legs out expectant in the cool air Waiting for the sun
Soft as a pillow Obscure like a answer that has not been spoken Moves carefully in the wind
Summer’s nice and warm; In winter the cold frost bites. Spring is just confused.
A green Medusa spills her hair over the pool and cries, noiselessly.
Moth-like evergreen Extend from the darker tips: Verdant antennae.
Spring leaves lush & green; sunshine spreading brightness; life goes on.