POETS’ PROJECT: Group leader for the Clarence U3A Poetry Plus group Pauline Powell makes some final adjustments to the haiku tree, which was part of the large exhibition Clarence U3A held at Treelands Drive Community Centre after their AGM. Photo: Adam Hourigan
POETS’ PROJECT: Group leader for the Clarence U3A Poetry Plus group Pauline Powell makes some final adjustments to the haiku tree, which was part of the large exhibition Clarence U3A held at Treelands Drive Community Centre after their AGM. Photo: Adam Hourigan Adam Hourigan

Seniors’ project is a creation that’s off the tree

STARTING with one theme

Branching out from their minds eye

The haiku tree grows.

IT MAY not read like traditional poetry, but for Clarence U3A Poetry Plus group leader Pauline Powell, the poems on the haiku tree created for their exhibition at Treelands Drive Community Centre has been a real talking point.

"It a very different way of presenting the words, and it has been a very good challenge to be creative," Pauline said.

The poetry group is one of 27 part of the Clarence U3A, and for Pauline the discussion is a great way to be engaged with like-minded people.

"We really enjoy each other's company; I've met such a wonderful group of people."

The group read and discuss poetry, and also create their own work, each meeting with a theme that everyone writes to.

"And the fascinating thing is to see how the idea just branches out from the original," Pauline said.

The tree was one of many works from the different groups that exhibited after the U3A AGM, held yesterday and president of Clarence U3A Graham La Motte said the organisation was perfect for the area.

"For many retirees that come to the area, they often know nobody in the area," Graham said. "So we provide a place where people can come together and meet people with similar skills and interests."

The AGM provides a close to the yearly cycle for the group, and Graham said the organisation is getting stronger.

"We had 470 members participating across the groups this year, and before this next year has even started we've got just over 400 sign up again," he said.

Can you haiku?

 Haiki poems consist of 17 syllables. The 1st line has 5 syllables, the 2nd has 7 and the 3rd has 5.



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