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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.



3 lines, 17 syllables - 5, 7, 5.
Images from nature, simple, direct, intense.
"Write haiku in three short lines using the principle of comparison, contrast, or association. Can be 5-7-5 syllables. Use a word that indicates season, a cutting word that divides the poem and do not use metaphor or simile – use concrete language."

November high tide -
A deer walks the water's edge
While a salmon leaps.

A holiday pause - 
ducks dive in the grey water,
soft rain falls slowly.

Cherry fruits
glow yellow and red,
birds delight.

Sunlight shards
bounce off the ceiling,

high tide ripples.

Scoters on the sea
herring spawn on the beach,
Gulls frenzied feeding.

Big Leaf Maple blossoms
hummingbird hovering near
Sudden iridescent flash.

Red-eyed towhee
Scratching in the leaf litter
Sudden squawking sound.

Mist on the mountains
Fresh snow touched by sunshine
A rainbow drops down.

Unrestrained apple
Branches reaching to the sky
Pruning overdue.

Red jewel black beak
The next crow has the carcass
Flying lower still.

Vase of daffodils
The fragrance is exquisite
Email arrives.

Grey jays fly about
I chase my sharp shadow down
Crunch of snow and skis.

A first leaf falls
Geese cross the sky

Summer - stay awhile!

Summer rain crystals
Soft silver and golden drops
Blur a blue background.

Winter rain crystals
Cold drops that foreshadow frost
Blue background is icy.

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