Today, 17th April 2015, is International Haiku Poetry Day.
To celebrate, The Haiku Foundation has organised a range of events with contributions from poets from all over the world. As well as face-to-face poetry gatherings in locations across the US, Hungary, Croatia and New Zealand, these include an online poetry collaboration that started just after midnight last night – EarthRise, and HaikuLife, a festival of short films. You can watch some of the resulting, very diverse films on this link, HaikuLife.
I decided to make a short video to submit to this project – my first ever – using haiku combined with my paintings and photographs. The result is Celtic Heartbeat, so named after the final haiku on the film . My daughter, Taryn, accompanied me on the bodhrán (Irish drum) on a couple of clips and we are delighted to see the video featured in HaikuLife today.
It is a little shaky in parts as it was taken holding an iPad, but I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Oh, and it’s just 4.48 minutes long!
Carlingford Lough, Warrenpoint, County Down