Featuring few brilliant haiku brought to blossom by terrific writers, seeded by #HaikuSeed prompts.
#HaikuSeed: weeding, roadside, crane, moss, jolly, scarf
the crane and the heron
The image of a crane and heron standing still is quite trivial and the haiku wouldn’t be doing much if it was just describing it without doing something more with the juxtaposing image. I felt that early spring doesn’t give any life to the triviality of this moment even though spring itself and the birds are full of it. Instead, the writer’s creative use of playing statues brought all the life into the haiku. Not only is it an entertaining way of saying that the birds are standing still like statues, it could also mean that the crane and the heron are actively playing a game of statue. This interpretation brings back memories from childhood where we as kids shout “statue!” pointing at a person and the person has to literally freeze in place and stay still like a statue. The idea of a crane and heron playing this game is quite amusing.
after the snowfall
the crane is one more
among the trees
– Luis J. Goróstegui
I love how this is written. Picturing this moment, this thought, brings a smile. You are looking out of a window at a tree, there is a white crane sitting atop it for quite some time. Snow begins to fall, the crane does not fly away. Maybe it is contemplative and so it ignores the snow? Maybe it likes snow. You watch as the snowfall accumulates into shapes roughly resembling cranes and you can almost no longer spot the lone crane. The idea that this lone crane is one more among trees after snowfall is interesting to you as an observer.
On the other hand, what if this realization is coming from the lone crane? What if it sees snow forming into shapes of cranes on all surrounding trees and it begins to contemplate its existence. It is called a snow crane, but the things that are forming now are more truer to the name than itself.
the scent of oncoming thunder
and boiled peanuts
– Ash Evan
Beautiful imagery. I remember loving boiled peanuts and boiled sweet corn sprinkled with salt, pepper and paprika bought from roadside stands near Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad when I was a kid. The impending rain, and the cold that comes with it, juxtaposed with hot boiled peanuts makes the image very sensory. On re-reading though, I do wonder if the juxtaposition could have been more effective if the scent of thunder was the first image and the roadside stand selling boiled peanuts the second. Nevertheless, a brilliant haiku.
i never see
– James G
We often do this – we look at things right before our eyes but wonder about things that are out of sight.
The writer saying he never sees the moss on the other side of the tree trunks wonderfully captures the unfathomable but undeniable truth that reality exists outside of our awareness and that it has its own journey through time, with or without us.
how the wind tears at the blue scarf
in the barbed wire
What an eloquent and harrowing image this haiku paints. Just to record the current events in this post for future purpose, I would mention Vladimir Putin’s war with Ukraine. But the scene from this haiku is a common one in the Middle-East and everywhere else on the planet where a group of people have to escape their homeland because of unjust and horrible things either their own countrymen do or someone else’s.
splashing in a puddle
– Susan M. Andrews
This haiku was written for the #HaikuSeed jolly and what a lovely little image this one creates. The writer paints the prompt word in all its merriment through the jolly little goldfinch. Absolutely beautiful!
— Sankara Jayanth Sudanagunta
Other Featured Haiku
weeding the scent
from grape hyacinths
– Marilyn Ward, @deer_ward
the difficult path
– B.A. France, @B_A_France
a scarf long enough
– Pippa Phillips, @IpsaHerself
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