Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fragile beauty

Fragile beauty, a few new cascading haiku.

Yesterday was a wonderful and sunny day here in The Netherlands and I could make a few wonderful photos in my backyard. Finally Spring has come, my Sakura is in full bloom and the Rhodondendron also. What a joy to see those fragile Cherry blossoms and the big flowers of the Rhodondendron. The greater part of my backyard is fallow and is waiting for new garden plans, but ... well ... it has to wait, because we will start first in our frontyard with planting new plants and flowers.

Back to yesterday. As I made a few photos of my Cherry Tree I saw a snail crawl between the young Cherry blossoms.

I had to write a haiku about this event (smiles). So here it goes.

between fragility
a snail seeking it's path to Heaven
slowly, so slowly

slowly, so slowly
a snail between young Cherry blossoms 

seeks it's path

seeks it's path
a snail moves to the top
between fragility

It's just a little wonder to see this in my own backyard. And it's even a greater wonder to have the courage to compose a haiku on this event.

It's worth a celebration to see the Sakura in full bloom after a long, cold and dark Winter. But as I hear the weather forecast for today I am so anxious to see that the fragile blossoms will be gone soon, because we get strong winds and heavy rains. I can imagine how the classic Japanese haiku poets had that same fear when the weather changed and gusts of wind will tear the Cherry Blossoms apart. I am praying that not all of the Cherry Blossoms will be gone after today.

with tears in my eyes
I see how the wind is ruining
fragile beauty

fragile beauty
a gust of wind tears apart
Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms
as young as they are
torn apart

torn apart
fragile blossoms of the Sakura 

tears in my eyes

It's heartbreaking to see how the wind is tearing apart the fragile Sakura blossoms ... I was so happy to see that finally Spring has come and now ... that joy turned into sadness, but ... next Spring the Sakura blossoms will return and will bring happiness again.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Sharing haiku

I am hosting a daily haiku meme on Chèvrefeuille's Carpe Diem and today I was reading the post of several contributors to that daily haiku meme. I ran into a wonderful haiku on 'Capricorn' (The Sea Goat), as part of a series of prompts on the Zodiac, written by Cathy Tenzo of Haiku Plate Special. That haiku was the following:

Sitting at the bar,
the old goat dreams of the sea -
the waves whisper

(c) Cathy Tenzo

Really a nice haiku. In my comment I gave my own haiku in reaction on the one by Cathy. I love to share that haiku (in a little other way) here with you all.

waves whisper
stories of far away places
to an old sailor

Credits: Old Sailor

Isn't it a wonderful man? Look at that face ... you can see the story of his life. He must have had a hard life and many adventures don't you think? And he must have a thousand stories of far away places. Now he's to old to be on a ship sailing over the Seven Seas, but the waves whispering their stories into his ear.

Hope you did like this post.