Haiku from the March / April 2011 Haiku Thread
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
after a long long time—
the brahmakamal blooms
# 97. Sunil Uniyal, IN
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
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:
drunk in their glory
# 57. Janice Thomson, CA
leaves us with a sound buzzing in our ears:
drone on and on
# 75. Cara Holman, US
butterflies and hummingbirds, there can be conflict:
after the same flower
# 116. Alegria Imperial, CA
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
what goes on in the insect world among the wild flowers.
We can try to imagine:
a slug prowled
into a bouquet
# 28. Marija Pogorili c, CR
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:
with a bouquet of twigs—
a brand new nest!
# 38. Juhani Tikkanen, FN
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
# 117. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH
are the recent economic issues and painful consequences
blooming along the fence—
# 01. Chen-ou Liu, CA
forget-me-nots . . .
the first blooms in her garden
with a For Sale sign
# 62. Chen-ou Liu, CA
produce some unexpected results:
the lilac in bloom raises
# 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
lives are touched by war. It sometimes demands
sacrifices and takes priority over other things:
left on a bench—
# 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...
161. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH
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?
thing of beauty
a flower vase
on the mantle piece
# 33. Sandra Martyres, IN
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
flowers can do they should never be overlooked:
every nook and crevice
deserves a glance
# 176. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH