Last Train Home: an anthology of contemporary haiku, tanka, and rengay
This is a gorgeously produced book that is not only for fans of trains, stations, and travel by rail, for adventure or romance, or both, but anyone who misses the sheer atmosphere of a train racing through cities and countryside!
Here are a few of Jacquie's newer haiku about trains (lately, they are more about her local transit trains):
the night train rumbles
into my wakefulness
my thoughts become
a waft of warm air
takes me back
And one of Jacquie's own favourite haiku (by her) from the anthology:
warm prairie breeze
the porter plays harmonica
in the open door
"I like it because it takes me back to my first long-distance train trip across Canada with my brother in the early 1980s (with our VIA Rail youth passes). We were on a quiet branch line between Calgary and Edmonton that no longer exists, and it felt like we were travelling through the Old West—passing rolling prairie, roaming cattle, a bleached steer skull beside the tracks, the carriage doors left open to the warm September air as we travelled, the lonely sound of the harmonica…."
The photo by Jacqueline Pearce is from a similar part of the country, on a different train trip.
I'm fortunate to have a few of my own haiku in there, here's one:
the heat of the platform
in my blood
NHK World TV, Japan:
Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey (September 2015)
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