Exercise 2.5: Text in art

For this exercise I took a short walk around the churchyard in the village of Stanhoe, Norfolk. I made a few observations as I walked around and took photos on my phone. Thinking about he exercise later I decided to transfer my observations in the form of Haikus, defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world”. (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/haiku)

I had never written a Haiku before so it was quite an experience. I found that the restrictions of the form of the poem really made me concentrate on the image or observation I was trying to convey.

 

STANHOE CHURCHYARD 

 

Tiny mushroom caps
Painted white the path is brown
Nature’s parasols

 

Open but unripe
Fell from the tree much too soon
Infertile chestnut

 

Glistening brown seed
earthy colours presenting
Child playing conkers

 

Crawling through the grass
The slug slithers its way to
Whoever knows where

 

Cross as a headstone
Blank grey stones behind it
Who chooses a cross?

 

Stone covered in moss
A carpet of living green
The occupant beneath

 

Yellow on the cross
Lichen giving it colour
Yellow not blood red

 

The green of the shrub
Provides the perfect background
Yellow by the graves

 

Ivy reaching out
Spreading over the brick wall
What does it feed on?

 

Random stone pattern
The wall surrounds the churchyard
Wall stone not head stone

 

Fungal growth on bough
Little mushroom mighty tree
Which of them dies first?

 

Gateway to churchyard
Entrance for living, and dead
Wrought iron guardian

 

Parish noticeboard
Lead roof of church protected
Is nothing sacred?

 

The same poems next to a photo of the observation I made

 

 

 

Tiny mushroom caps
Painted white the path is brown
Nature’s parasols

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open but unripe
Fell from the tree much too soon
Infertile chestnut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glistening brown seed
earthy colours presenting
Child playing conkers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crawling through the grass
The slug slithers its way to
Whoever knows where

 

 

 

 

 

Cross as a headstone
Blank grey stones behind it
Who chooses a cross?

 

 

 

 

 

Stone covered in moss
A carpet of living green
The occupant beneath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow on the cross
Lichen giving it colour
Yellow not blood red

 

 

 

 

 

The green of the shrub
Provides the perfect background
Yellow by the graves

 

 

 

 

Ivy reaching out
Spreading over the brick wall
What does it feed on?

 

 

 

 

Random stone pattern
The wall surrounds the churchyard
Wall stone not head stone

 

 

 

 

 

Fungal growth on bough
Little mushroom mighty tree
Which of them dies first?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway to churchyard
Entrance for living, and dead
Wrought iron guardian

 

 

 

 

 

Parish noticeboard
Lead roof of church protected
Is nothing sacred?