Friends of the Library Booksale

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” - Lemony Snicket Each May and October, a phenomenal transformation occurs. Over four weeks, a giant warehouse  filled to overflowing with more than 250,000 volumes of books, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, and games, is emptied by booklovers across Tompkins County and beyond. It's the Friends of the Library Booksale, one of my top three favorite things about Ithaca. I have attended and bought books at every sale (and numerous times throughout the sale) for at least ten years, though I skipped one or two during Covid.  It's an event that reinvigorates my hope for the world. Aisle after aisle of books of every genre you can think of, and many you can't, all donated with the sole purpose of passing on entertainment and education, as well as raising money for the TC Public Library. In this modern world of digital media, virtual reality, social technology (all of which have their costs and benefits) I remain astounded that I

Haiku



Haiku are short poems with the form of

five syllables

seven syllables
five syllables

They must have a connection to a season- including a nature word to further this goal. They must capture one brief moment in time. They must have some surprise or AHA moment.


Technically, combining haiku with a photograph or painting is called haiga, which is generally what I do. I think it's a bit more fun. 


Do you haiku? Haiga? If so, post yours in the comments and share with the world!


Read mine for a little inspiration:


December 11
from below
Return
pink
#81
creek
space
cracked
remembering
falls
always free
both
crystalize
today
#71
reaching
reflection
marigolds
winter
woolly
root
#64
eight
birthday
asters
orange
raspberries
#58
#57
Monet
ADK
pinned
light
#52
down
ripe
content
two
poppies
#46
frog and toad
today
dirt
in spring
tradition
birth day
overturned
Spring Haiku
#38
#37
#36
#35
movement
#33
#32
conformity
mandala
gingerbread
#28
remembrance
air
Gaia
rows
#23
#22
success
connected
#19
Then
haiku #17
spun
monday haiku #15
to visit
along the river
glow
monday haiku
haiku #10
evening glory
monday haiku #8
tis the season
bird sound
grit
instead
the difference
duck memoir

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