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Monday, February 14, 2011


returning spring
in the dawn light she looks like
my first love

Line 1 may be a bit optimistic, but it is warming up, and, in my personal saijiki, spring begins on Valentine's Day, regardless of the weather.


Anonymous Monika said...

very lovely love haïku !

9:15 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, Monika.

3:32 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

yes I love it too

12:36 AM  
Blogger Magyar said...

this reflection shatters
broken ice

With my apology, a generation from your post, here; thanks Bill.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, John and Doug.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

Beauty. This one I think I have read somewhere, but anyway putting this here:

in this chilly evening -
my first date

1:43 AM  
Blogger Masago said...

Made me smile!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely haiku, I always think spring starts when it starts regardless of the date! But birds seem to agree with you, they start singing seriously around 14 Feb regardless of the weather

2:12 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

tikkis, do you mean this one sounds familiar? I had a senryu in Haiku Harvest a few years back:

in the soft light she looks like
his ex-wife

I came across it recently, and it told me it wanted to be a haiku.

Thanks, Vaughn.

Juliet, given the seasonal aspect of haiku, I've assigned 4 holidays as marking the transitions from season to season. Three of them are specifically American holidays

Valentine's Day (14 Feb): Spring begins

Memorial Day (last Monday in May): Summer begins

Labor Day (First Monday in September): Autumn begins

Thanksgiving Day (Third Thursday in November): Winter begins

But, as you say, Nature is not so arbitrary.

And, of course, climate change may render our ideas about the seasons obsolete.

2:52 PM  

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