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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


moonset Literary Newspaper invites haiku poets to submit their signature haiku. Here's mine. It's a revision of one I posted here, in the original version, in 2006. The original took first place in the Shiki Kukai for April 2006, so this is a kind of anniversary, if you're sentimental about those things.

February wind
I want to believe
the crocus


Blogger Magyar said...

Always believe in the "hints" of natural progress.
Good one Bill.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Dalloway said...

oh this is brilliant... its a stand out... and so subtle and gently humourous... love it

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

Hi Bill ... i love this one ... your haiku is getting deeper with time ..

that the crocus promises spring is belied by that autumn wind ... (excuse the internal rhyme - not intended ... hehe)

its very lovely this poem of yours .. not quite the questioning of Issa (?) but purely Bill... lovely >>> Gina

11:45 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

a winner again this year Bill

3:52 AM  
Blogger Devika said...

Good one, Bill :)


8:18 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

enjoyed reading it here, makes me anxious now to receive my copy of Moonset Newspaper

much love

10:27 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

thanks, Magyar. I try.

Thanks, Dalloway. Good to see you in the new Ambrosia.

In this hemisphere, Gina, February is either the last month of winter or the first month of spring, depending on whom you ask.

And thanks, John, Devika, and Gillena.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

The crocus
turning it's back
on February wind

Cheers, Tikkis

1:35 AM  
Blogger Emma Dalloway said...

thanks Bill - good to be in such esteemed company

3:10 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Nice catch, tikkis.

Blessings, Dalloway. I see you're now using your first name (Emma Dalloway--what a wonderfully literary combination; we all know Mrs. Dalloway, and "Emma" is my favorite novel by my favorite English novelist), but to me you'll always be Dalloway.

6:29 AM  
Blogger polona said...

no matter how many times one reads this one, it's still a great haiku.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, polona. That means a great deal to me.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Emma Dalloway said...

Im happy with just Dalloway - but when I found out I was starting to get stuff included in journals I was concerned it sounded a little pretentious.

xx Dal

3:25 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

A very good haiku!

"I want to believe" -- that's so true! And what is true (really true!) has poetic power!

12:35 PM  
Blogger jem said...

That's beautiful Bill. Sometimes you break my heart a little with your words. There is so much wisdom here, but it's not old wisdom, because there is innocence too. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

3:01 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Dalloway, Angelika, and jem, your comments are much appreciated.

1:13 PM  
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