I can't seem to stop writing poetry or reading poetry. I think it is safe to say I love poetry and I love sharing great poetry with others.
A Haiku Workshop - Why Attend Workshops?
I worked at the hospital around the corner from the gallery. A small warehouse space across the street from the ER and the parking garage where I parked everyday for two years. I never thought an art gallery would open in this part of town.
I parked my car in an empty lot.
I prepared myself for an early Sunday morning and sat in the drivers seat for a minute or two to finish my coffee. I was excited. I was headed to a Haiku workshop.
Ten years ago Reno did not have such an active poetry scene. When I used to read in the city there would be a poetry reading at the same coffee shop on occasion. If you were lucky you would have a chance to read at a bar. Last year, around this time, I heard an advertisement, on the radio at work, for a reading at the Holland Project near Wells Street.
When the night arrived I drove to the Holland Project directly from work. I was still in my scrubs as I read a few poems. That night opened my eyes and heart to a local poetry group. "The Spoken Voices Collective" organized readings monthly along with workshops and a youth poetry slam team.
Miracles happen when you least expect and the Haiku workshop was a small miracle. I may of drank too much coffee and rambled on for awhile but it was such a rare moment, to sit in a room of poets. A community of poets that gather to read from our notebooks or to talk shop during a workshop.
My kids bicycles
lie among the leaves rusted
in my small backyard
every sunny day
lies upon the horizon
many silent truths
ochre rusty wheels
interweaving of color
of some childhood dream
sometimes a lake calls
out of depths to the swimmer
Christmas lights remain
among the constant clutter
my eyes remain closed
© 2018 Jamie Lee Hamann
Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on April 15, 2018:
Simple and beautiful!
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 14, 2018:
I can see the bikes lying among the leaves. (Darn kids should have put them up!) The rest is more vague so my mind can wander as I read it. Loved it, Jamie. I enjoyed your explanation very much and felt a little envious. Wish our writer's groups here were more welcoming.
threekeys on April 14, 2018:
And I loved your intro. Made me feel as if I was there.