Poetry Park – Phalen Lake
As a blogger inspired initiative to honor
the spirit and sacrifices of the people
in Japan’s stricken Tohoku region,
we are pleased to announce
Cities of Green Leaves Ginko-no-Kukai May 14 and 15, 2011
We encourage everyone
to join in an international nature walk
to be held May 14 and 15
followed by an international haiku contest.
We invite you to walk with us on those days, collaborating with like-minded poets and bloggers in combining their skills and talents, enter your haiku in a peer judged contest, and take the opportunity to offer aid and support to our friends in Japan in a consensus of thought, well wishes and kinetic energies to occur simultaneously around the globe.
It’s no surprise the kukai’s topic will take its cue from Sendai, Japan’s annual Aoba Matsuri Festival, an event held originally to honor the city’s founder, Date Masamune. The date has now become an annual celebration with thousands of visitors, a parade, sparrow dance, taiko drums and tree lined streets as part of the festival each year to rejoice in the arrival of spring’s new greenery and rebirth.
You may choose any place to hold your ginko walk in your vicinity, as long as it holds the attributes to inspire many to compassionate action in the beauty of poetry, and the celebration of the renewing power of nature’s seasons.
The address to submit your poems will be posted here this third weekend of May. Please return often until then for further updates and poetry. We look forward to walking with you!
please join us!
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I thought this fund-raising, poetry-creating competition was a great idea from Willie at the Haiku Bandit Society and I’m going to try and come up with a haiku-walk of my own (hoping for a lovely late autumn day) though the haiku community of my hometown is tiny, so it might take some rousing to get some extra numbers out there!