Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms
September-October 2004, vol. 2, no. 5

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Rosa Clement: Haiku

gale winds  
the fountain waters keep  
their shapes as we blink holiday party
  tied to a trunk the rooster
  crows from the ground
sunny day  
the sheen of orange peels  
blurs the ground river breeze
  new patterns replace
  lizard's prints
still river  
how softly a crocodile  
follows the sunset stiff river grass
  a heron's sudden flight
  creates waves
tower top  
in the pasture a cow  
shrinks to a heron riverside grove
  filtered moon light
  among fireflies
sunny afternoons  
hummingbirds' shadows  
etch my curtains  

Rosa Clement learned to know Amazonia as she grew up in Manaus, a city at the juncture of the two major tributaries of the great Amazon River. Some of her vacations were spent at her mother's home in the interior, and it was there that she got acquainted with the river and the forest.

Clement has practiced the form since 1992 and now is a member of the Grêmio Sumaúma de Haicai, established in Manaus, AM.

She published her first haiku book, entitled Canoa Cheia (Full Canoe), in 2002, but as she becomes more involved with haiku she hopes to publish a second haiku book.

She has published renga with Zane Parks in the Parnassus Magazine and with Jeanne Cassler in Lynx, and haiku in the International Edition of Frogpond, May/2001, and in The Heron's Nest.

An interview and some of her previously published haiku are also found in this issue of Simply Haiku.