Choice Haiku, Editor John Daleiden




from the 2009 Spring "arts and Crafts" thread


Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder


Sketching, painting, stitching, graffiti, sewing machine art, petal crafting, drawing, using artful trappingsall are topics the following haiku poets have used in their poems to express what artisans do with their creative skills. Each of the poets is masterful at arranging words to "tastefully" and evocatively express the role the artist can play in making human surroundings enjoyable.

These two poets know how to capture this Sketchbook Editor's eye

spring sketchbook
buds burst
in bloom

# 05. Karen O'Leary, US

In Karen O'Leary's haiku the "plosive" repetition of the "s" and "b" sounds effectively evoke the sense of rapid growth and change that can take place in a Spring landscapewe not only see the change, but we can also hear the change taking place!

daffodils in bloom
I paint my dreams
in the new sketchbook

# 48 Jacek Margolak, PL

Surely, this "jumper" maker is committed to her art in spite or her arthritic condition. This is an example of true dedication to art. I can easily imagine the clicking knitting needles in the dedicated hands of this arthritic artisan:

thick woolly jumpers...
how many stitches
from arthritic hands?

# 08. Barbara A Taylor, AU

Conversely, some artist choose to display their artistic talent in a way that most citizens view as a destructive forcewriting graffiti in a public place...  But please, avoid the temptation to add scribblings and sketches to the wall:

magic marker
—in the restroom stall
a spring flower

# 03. Eric V. aka El Coyote, US

In a more creative way most artisans find positive modes to express "views" of the natural environment. The liveliness of these three creations leap into my visual mind:

drawing catkins
on dyed paper
green tea

# 46. Margaret D. McGee, US


sewing machines whizz
way into the dawn hours—
corn soup sizzling

# 19. Gillena Cox, TT


crafted petals
falling upon a
smiling Buddha's head

# 27. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Not all art or "artfulness" is revealed in the tactile products of a craftsperson. Just as the song of the skylark is melodious to the human ear, so too, the voice of a farmer, laboring to plant rice in a field who sings with the skylark, can be regarded as a  joyous occasionboth the bird and the man can contribute to pleasurable an observers enjoyment while practicing their natural talents.

Planting rice...
the farmers sing sometimes
with the skylark

# 20. Vasile Moldovan, RO

...And, ironically, art need not be exhibited only in a gallery, home, or show place.  Art can fittingly be displayed anywhere...

The first Easter Day—
Even the scarecrow
Has new rags

# 37. Ioan Marinescu-Puiu, RO

Finally, after reading the 56 haiku submitted from 11 haiku poets for the Spring "arts and crafts" haiku thread, I was suddenly reminded of an annual "art" festival held in Oskaloosa, Iowa, a small south-central town of 9,000 people. I lived and worked in Oskaloosa for 29 years before retiring from public education and moving to Arizona. Every year, early in June the "Art on the Square" festival is held. On the designated Saturday (rain or shine), the park square in the center of town is turned over to artists who display and market their creative work. Indeed, a "google" on the term "Art on the Square" revealed that there are many American cities who hold an annual festival with this identical name.

It strikes me as ironic that truly artistic work of quality created by many artisans is publicly displayed in a square and the sales booths are arranged in row after row:

Art On The Square—
paintings, pots, and jewelry
all in rows

# 57. John Daleiden

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