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August 26, 2008

our September 2008 haiga calendars

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 10:28 pm

dem donkey gray.

. . With a pause in the major action at the Democratic Convention, I thought I’d do some non-demanding administrative work this evening here at f/k/a, and tell you about the two haiga calendar pages we created for September 2008.

Below are sample-sized calendar pages for September from both of our free online 2008 haiga calendars — the “artsy” Giacalone Bros. Haiga Calendar 2008 (with photos taken by my brother Arthur) and the nostalgic fka Haiga Memories Calendar 2008 (with shots snapped in the 1950’s by Mama Giacalone). See our prior post from last December for descriptions and links to the full 12-month calendars. [FYI: Haiga are pictures (paintings, sketches, or photos) combined with a subtly-linked haiku or similar poem. The poetry is written by your Editor, “dagosan”.)

Just click on the sample calendar pages below to go to a printable full-size version. A link is also provided to a larger version of each of the original haiga used for the calendars.

– from the 2008 Giacalone Haiga Calendar

[full-sized for printing]

lull in the parade
small hands reach
for the same balloon

– poem: David Giacalone; photo: Arthur Giacalone

– orig. full-color haiga version pub., with earlier version of the poem, in the 45th WHA Haiga Contest (May 2007); photo by Arthur Giacalone; also posted at MagnaPoetsJF in b&w (July 27, 2007)

And, from the 2008 f/k/a Haiga Memories Calendar

full-sized for printing –

Sunday afternoon –
after braciole
a little bocce

Poem: David Giacalone

Photo: MAMA G (1951)

[original haiga, Magnapoets JF, April 7, 2007]

Bocce Bonus: This afternoon, I had the honor and pleasure to help Yu Chang “initialize” a new set of bocce balls across from his house, in Schenectady’s Central Park (the location of our first-ever Haijin Snow Bocce Festa in January 2006. We played with Paolo Seganti, Yu’s son-in-law and grandson Marcello (who let us old guys win).

Here are a few of dagosan‘s bocce haiku and senryu to celebrate.

night game –
bocce balls kissing
the harvest moon

pallino gets
the only kiss –
blind date bocce

greatgrandpa’s bocce balls – bocci
three generations
choose sides

backyard bocce –
tonight we’re
the noisy neighbors

girls against guys —
white (wine)
beats red (wine)

afterwords (Aug. 28, 2008): Thanks to a post at Above the Law, I learned this afternoon that the nearly-600-lawyer Venable LLP law firm in Washington, D.C., offers its attorneys the perk of “bocce on the roof” at its offices (575 7th St. NW, right near my old office at the FTC). Despite preferring lawn bocce, I think I could enjoy a roof-top game on a summer evening — especially if it were mosquito-free, and a few non-lawyers got to play, too.

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