World Haiku Series 2019 (23)
Haiku by Brett Brady
waning into amber
at the altar. . .
a cherry petal falls
from her sole
a torrential downpour
caressing the senses
a lone cricket
dewdrops . . .
every blade of grass
a prairie moon
park bench. . .
her hand resting on his
a fly’s wing flutters
off the web
embedded-echoes. . .
a meandering river
Harold G. Henderson Award
~ Second Place ($100) ~
— Translated by Hidenori Hiruta
Brett Brady, Haiku, Hawaii
A delicate and enchanting haiku with an interesting pivot that crosses from sound to sight. Sound also subtly plays its part in the structure of this poem: alliteration and “slant” assonance (flute/fluttering) support the content, as does the layout of the poem. There is a mysterious presence, too. Air, in the forms of breath and breeze, is the spirit, unseen and unheard, that moves both petals and flute notes. Might Ariel be passing by?
Brett Brady has lived and worked in many places both domestically and abroad, working as a teacher of the gifted, talented, deaf, and multi-handicapped.
He taught grammar school, high school and university, and had a Montessori school when his daughter was of an age to attend it. He attended USC and received his postgraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
He is an accomplished musician, poet, director, and author. His poetry and songs are award winning, and many of his haiku and senryu are published worldwide.
Brett now lives in Haiku (yes, that’s a town in Maui) Hawaii. And Until the eruption of May ’18 on the Big island where he lived for nearly 30 years, and raised his daughter in the lush beauty of its terrain and life-style.
In spite of recently having disastrously lost most everything, Brett was awarded (for his work regarding the Lei Lani Est lava flow(s) experience), a number of haiku prizes, and some very prestigious critiques.
All during these past two years, especially poignant considering. Remarkably, he also simultaneously secured the Haiku Society of America’s Harold G. Henderson Award (2nd Prize) for his outstanding 2018 entry in that contest.
Lastly, here is a photo presented by Brett Brady.
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Thankyou for the beautiful posting
Sweet moments of reflective