Guest Editor's Choice "flower(s)" Haiku Thread ~ Bernard Gieske, US




Choice Haiku from the March / April 2011 Haiku Thread


...Some Unexpected Results


It was a surprise to see so many haiku submitted to the thread. Flowers certainly have a great appeal and are a fertile subject for expressing feelings and experiences. Of the 178 haiku, about 60 different flowers were named. The most popular, as one could expect, was the rose (20). Then followed cherry blossoms (9) and daffodils (6). There were ties with snowdrops, poppies, tulips, and posies. All named four times. There were about 10 flowers that I had never heard of. So this was a handicap for me to appreciate their haiku more. Even reading about them isn’t enough to overcome the handicap. The explanation offered with this haiku was helpful:

a poem written
after a long long time—
the brahmakamal blooms

# 97. Sunil Uniyal, IN

'Brahmakamal': a rare flower of the Himalaya region.

I can now appreciate the link between “after a long long time–“ and this being a rare flower.

I also found out that “sakua” is another name for a cherry blossom. A cherry blossom is the flower /wiki/Flowerof any of several trees of genus prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese word:

the cold wind of January

# 119. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Flowers appeal also to many insects, birds, and other creatures. This particular aspect was less frequently touched on. If elephants can get drunk on what they eat, why not canaries on what they smell:

scent of daffodils—
drunk in their glory
wild canaries

# 57. Janice Thomson, CA

This haiku leaves us with a sound buzzing in our ears:

lavender fields
drone on and on

# 75. Cara Holman, US

Even between butterflies and hummingbirds, there can be conflict:

and hummingbird—
after the same flower

# 116. Alegria Imperial, CA

We might think of flowers and blossoms merely having something for us to appreciate, but evidently they can have desires of their own:

salmon berry bloom:
how deep is your heart
for a hummingbird?

# 120. Alegria Imperial, CA

Who knows what goes on in the insect world among the wild flowers. We can try to imagine:

field flowers–
a slug prowled
into a bouquet

# 28. Marija Pogorili c, CR

Flower arrangements often contain twigs, small branches, and long stems. This haiku is a surprising use of a bouquet. Mother crow must have been very happy:

male crow
with a bouquet of twigs—
a brand new nest!

# 38. Juhani Tikkanen, FN

Flowers are used on many occasions both “happy and not so happy, even tragic. I looked for haiku that were used to highlight some of current issues and events. This one we can all relate to and gives us hope:

tsunami or not
dainty blossoms thrive
in Fukushima

# 117. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Then there are the recent economic issues and painful consequences for many:

red spider lilies
blooming along the fence—
foreclosed house

# 01. Chen-ou Liu, CA


forget-me-nots . . .
the first blooms in her garden
with a For Sale sign

# 62. Chen-ou Liu, CA

Flowers can produce some unexpected results:

house for sale—
the lilac in bloom raises
its price

# 155. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

No doubt we all can recall our school days and teacher’s pets. What consequences did such teasing have?

teacher’s pet pet pet
the boys tears
drown the posy

# 101. Karin Anderson, AU

Everyday our lives are touched by war. It sometimes demands sacrifices and takes priority over other things:

bunch of roses
left on a bench—
air raid

# 153. Cezar-Florin Ciobīcă, RO

This is one event we do not want to experience and yet, we empathize with those who must:

to a fallen comrade...
white roses

# 161. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

Haiku of course can provide us much to enjoy. It can even be magical. In this haiku the flower has disappeared, yet we see it, its beauty, or is it the beauty of the flower vase we see?

this thing of beauty
a flower vase
on the mantle piece

# 33. Sandra Martyres, IN

Flowers can change our mood and behavior.

wearing my hair
a different way

# 77. Cara Holman, US


drifting plumeria petals:
I hum a tune
I haven't sung in years ...

# 130. Chitra Rajappa, IN


in the park
he steals a white rose
for her hair

# 95. Sunil Uniyal, IN

Whatever flowers can do they should never be overlooked:

wild flowers...
every nook and crevice
deserves a glance

# 176. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH









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