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December 8, 2007

two birthdays i just can’t ignore

Filed under: Haiga or Haibun,Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 4:22 pm

birthdayCake My two main haiga collaborators are having birthdays this weekend. They have both provided great photos for me to use in creating the combination of image and linked poem that we call haiga. They’ve also provided lots of memories, love, comfort, and agita over the years.

Happy Birthday today (Dec. 8) to “Mama G,” Connie M. Giacalone, of Rochester, NY)! (See some of our haiga here, here, there, and there)

… [larger at MagnaPoetsJF]

dad on the sofa,
mom at the stove –
it’s mother’s day

poem: David Giacalone
photo: Papa G. (1950)

the day she spanked
the wrong twin
all the other days

………………………… dagoSon

And Happy Birthday, tomorrow Dec. 9, to my twin brother Arthur J. Giacalone, of East Aurora, NY, peerless and fearless solo practitioner (who still needs a website!). Find some of our joint haiga efforts here at HaigaOnline, and here at Simply Haiku.

[larger at MagnaPoetsJF]

twins’ birthday –
two cakes
hundreds of miles apart

poem: David Giacalone
photo: Mama G. (1953)

[original photo in full color]

his face frozen
just like Mama
always said

poem: David Giacalone
photo: Arthur Giacalone


rain on
my bald spot —
recalling dry-scalp Aprils

. . . . . david giacalone

Happy Birthday!
you cut and
i’ll choose

….. poem: David Giacalone

………. photo: Mama G.


  1. What a beautiful tribute! Happy Birthday to MamaG, and early birthday greetings to you, David, and Arthur.

    Comment by Aurora — December 8, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

  2. Happy birthday to you, then, too. Hope it’s great.

    Comment by Anne Reed — December 8, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

  3. Many thanks, Anne and Aurora. I better cut a couple more pieces of cake for you.

    Comment by David Giacalone — December 8, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

  4. David:

    Hope you had a great birthday! I continue to enjoy the blog with each posting.

    Don at Lilliput …

    Comment by Don — December 10, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  5. And a belated Happy Birthday to you, David!!

    May old bloggers never die (hah! 60 is not old – 98 is old, 104 is old, but not 60 – nope, no sirree bob, no, no, no especially as I lurch on toward 55 :-)

    Best regards and may there also be many more birthdays to celebrate in your future (’cause it’s hard to have them again in your past!)

    Before I lapse into utter silliness, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


    Comment by Laura Orr — December 11, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  6. Thanks mucho, Laura. It is interesting that you left the Comment at my 2007 birthday post, rather than my 2008 posting.

    By the way, I was 59 this week, not 60. I am just stepping into my 60th year.

    When it comes to sending wishes, feel free to be as silly as you please.

    Comment by David Giacalone — December 11, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

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