Word, Image, and Sound
NB: SOME IMAGES DO NOT DISPLAY PROPERLY ON MY MACBOOK AIR, SO MAY NOT ON YOUR TABLET EITHER.
This is a website in progress, a virtual gallery, reading-room, and movie theater. All images, writings and videos are copyright Lfj Gill 2021.
The site is best viewed on a computer , rather than on small phone screens. Even on tablets, the haiku images do not display right. This will be worked on when I get time!
The site is single-page, with links to each section in the menu bar (top right of screen.)
Scroll down to find "Hawk and Otter," a children's story-book-video; "Mama Cat," a short story; "An American Tapestry," a docu-story written for the nation's birthday in the midst of the 2020 double pandemic. Then scroll further on for a selection of graphic haiku.
Future posts will include: poems, fiction, journals, excerpts from a semi-fictional memoir, and selected photo art. Hoping you'll revisit from time to time.
If you would like to be notified when new work is posted, use the Contact form at the bottom of the page. We promise emails will be brief and seldom, and your email addresses kept private and shared with no one.
Thank you for visiting!
--Lfj Gill March 5, 2021
Scroll down for selected works
A children's read-along story-book on video,
by Lfj Gill and Edy Johnson
[Note: Unfortunately, the "Hawk and Otter" links don't seem
to work on all phones. But you can find the full video
by just googling "Hawk and Otter."]
While my haiku do follow a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable pattern, their content is not necessarily tied to nature and seasons. Rather, most simply seek to elicit a single insight, meant to ripple outward in the reader's mind.
The images accompanying the haiku are meant as complements, something like the settings of stones in jewelry.
But what is the essence of haiku?
Here is one writer's attempt to pin it down: He surveyed haiku poets and scholars around the world, then published a 7,000-word, 13,000-syllable article to illuminate a one-breath, 17-syllable art form.
Did he succeed? You be the judge.
― Lfj Gill
Haiku: saying a lot in a little
He always spoke first when I brought along an apple.
"Haiku is basically an epiphany" ―Bruce Ross, poet
"How much can you say in seventeen syllables?" my friend asked.
Just then two pileated woodpeckers screamed over the treetops
dropping the whole of human history on our heads.
"Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..."
--Phil. 3: 13,14
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