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Poem: Spring Haiku 3-18-20

This batch of poems is spillover from the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. They were inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette -- whose response to receiving them was "My heart is singing." :D This batch is the first of five seasonal sets of haiku based on my favorite kigo page.  Continue with the summer batch.


Spring -- The Season

risshun

the coming of spring
melts the icicles that hang
from the wet gutters

* * *
haru asashi

the spring is shallow,
barely there -- winter's last blink
brushes it away

* * *
saekaeru

now returning cold
sweeps in with the snow and ice
to say -- spring, what spring?

* * *
yokan

it's still cold outside --
everything is shivering
even the west wind

* * *
harumeku

the weather's spring-like
but not yet spring: you can't trust
anything it does

* * *
keichitsu

bugs come out -- the air
shimmers with insects astir,
flying everywhere

* * *
higan

the spring equinox
balances the night and day
with a water yoke

* * *
haru no hi

the spring day is bright
with the promise of spring days
that have yet to come

* * *
shungyoo

sunrise, the spring dawn
taking out her paints to start
coloring the blooms

* * *
shunchoo

in spring, the noontime
is but a wash of yellow
on the day's canvas

* * *
haru no kure

the spring evening is
left waiting in silence for
insect musicians

* * *
haru no yo

with the spring night comes
sleep like a servant bearing
the softest of dreams

* * *
atataka

warm is the sense of
the spring season -- the sun gives
everything a hug

* * *
uraraka

sun, clouds, rain, earth, seeds --
now everything is serene,
all without a care

* * *
nodoka

the sun on the pond,
reflecting without motion --
everything tranquil

* * *
hinaga

it's been a long day
preparing paddies for rice --
ah, feet up at last!

* * *
chijitsu

the lingering day
slides down the horizon like
a kimono's hem

* * *
hanabie

blossom-cool, the spring
waits for the cherries to bloom
before warming up

* * *
haru fukashi

deep spring, and the sun
can finally be trusted
to stay at its post

* * *
yuku haru

nothing lasts, nothing --
the signs of the passing spring
are everywhere now

* * *

Spring -- The Heavens

shunkoo

the spring light spills down
through the white clouds scattering
like a school of fish

* * *
haru no sora

they dance together --
laughing sun and teasing rain --
across the spring sky

* * *
haru no kumo

in spring, clouds cover
the sky's shy face, like fan
hiding her blushes

* * *
oborozuki

this morning, the rain
swept the world with stately grace;
tonight -- hazy moon

* * *
haru kaze

the spring wind rushes
eagerly through the flowers
and off the world's edge

* * *
kochi

the east wind wakes with
the morning, bestirring birds
to be on their way

* * *
haru ichiban

spring's first gust opens
the throat of the sky -- deep breath
of meditation

* * *
kaze hikaru

shining wind -- lit with
clear sun, the wings of insects,
my lantern at dusk

* * *
haru hayate

a spring gust snatches
my hat and whirls it away --
dammit, I need that!

* * *
tsuchifuru

the air is dry with
yellow dust blown from China
we need some rain soon

* * *
harusame

the spring rain washes
everything clean and wets down
the fluttering dust

* * *
awayuki

alas! -- a light snow
has fallen during the night,
killing the flowers

* * *
yuki no hate

the end of snow is
here, the last of it melting
in the morning sun

* * *
wasurejimo

today there is ice
only in the deep shadows --
this is the last frost

* * *
shunrai

spring thunder shakes out
the sky like servants beating
on an old carpet

* * *
kasumi

a haze hangs low on
the horizon -- could be heat
or just the spring mist

* * *
kageroo

on a sunny day,
there it is -- shimmering air
above the hot stones

* * *
shunin

cloudy spring always
comes after sun -- the yin and
yang of the season

* * *
hanagumori

all through the garden,
blossom haze hangs in the air,
fuzzy and fragrant

* * *

Spring -- The Earth

haru no yama

in spring, mountains rise
through morning clouds, majestic --
emperors of stone

* * *
haru no no

come see the spring fields --
the plain of grass, the meadow
of many flowers

* * *
haru no mizu

the waters of spring
burble over balconies
like children's laughter

* * *
mizu nurumu

waters warming in
sun bring fish to the surface,
searching for their food

* * *
haru no umi

spring sea all silver,
surface shining in moonlight,
hiding the deep pools

* * *
shunchoo

with the spring tide come
fish in all their mystery
waiting to be caught

* * *
haru ta

the spring paddy fields
demanding to be planted --
oh, my aching back!

* * *
nawa shiro

the rice seedling patch
shows a faint green, like a scarf
cast on the water

* * *
haru no tsuchi

the spring soil is warm
with no more danger of frost --
time to plant ginger!

* * *
shundei

after the rainstorm,
the spring mud is everywhere --
garden path, boots, house

* * *
zansetsu

on a trip to see
a distant temple, the slopes
hold remaining snow

* * *
nadare

the mountain temple
is beautiful, but risky --
look out! avalanche!

* * *
yukidoke

walking down mountains,
melting snow makes the path slick
but reveals flowers

* * *
yukishiro

leaving the temple
it's good to see the melt off
run down the mountains

* * *
usurai

at the waystation,
thin ice covers the well, but
not past the sunrise

* * *
ryuuhyoo

when heading homeward,
ice flows clog the high creeks, but
not the low rivers

* * *

Spring -- Humanity

shuntoo

evening draws closer --
in my hand, a spring lantern
reveals the way home

* * *
yama yaki

men burning the hills
clear away the dead grasses
so new grass can grow

* * *
tagaeshi

bring out the horses,
sharpen the plow and hitch it
to turn the long rows

* * *
tauchi

tilling a paddy
is hard work, but the rice is
a heartless master

* * *
hatauchi

tilling a field takes
all day, growing vegetables
can take all season

* * *
tanemaki

sowing the field and
planting seed must be done well,
in just the right time

* * *
chatsumi

tea picking is tough,
but it creates the cup of
civilization

* * *
shiohigari

spend a day of rest
beach combing at low tide, then
cook supper outside

* * *
tsumikusa

come herb gathering
in the morning when the dew
clings to our slippers

* * *
tako

the kite dances in
the clear blue sky, a plaything
of children and wind

* * *
fuusen

blow up the balloons,
bat them into the air like
flowers in the sky

* * *
kazaguruma

flowers are nodding,
the wind kisses the pinwheels --
a blustery day

* * *
shabondama

washer women work
while children blow bamboo stems --
soap bubbles in spring

* * *
buranko

the chores are all done --
come sit in the hanging seat
and swing until dusk

* * *
shunmin

hey! spring slug-abed!
put on your kimono -- it's
time to cut the grass

* * *
shunshuu

after a big storm,
tiny apples on the ground --
spring melancholy

* * *

Spring -- Observances

hatsu uma

first day of the horse --
everyone goes to the shrine;
it is auspicious

hina matsuri

the Doll Festival --
it brings out the little girls
in the old women

* * *
nehane

white flowers and bells --
Nirvana Ceremony --
hear the Last Teaching

* * *
henro

on pilgrimage, they
walk all around Shikoku --
eighty-eight temples

* * *
busshooe

on Buddha's Birthday,
come to the flower hall and
pour hydrangea tea

* * *
saigyooki

come to the temple --
Saigyo's Memorial Day --
see the flowers fall

* * *

Spring -- Animals

wakagoma

the new colt totters
like a clown on bamboo stilts,
following his dam

* * *
neko no koi

cats in love, singing
classical songs on the fence --
ah! no sleep tonight

* * *
otamajakushi

rain in the garden:
in the forgotten basin --
there, look, there -- tadpoles!

* * *
kawazu

rain, rain everywhere --
water pouring out of boots --
a frog hops away

* * *
momochidori

many baby birds
wake at dawn, like all children,
demanding breakfast

* * *
uguisu

the bush warbler sings
his heart out seeking a mate --
heard, but rarely seen

* * *
kiji

the green pheasants call:
people wait for an earthquake --
was that? no -- nothing

* * *
hibari

a flash of rust in
the green bushes, and a song --
skylarks are courting

* * *
tsubame

flying in and out,
swallows sew the barn into
its place on the farm

* * *
kigan

departing geese fly
high overhead, heading north,
honking their way home

* * *
hikigamo

departing ducks go
right after the geese, screaming
at them to wait up

* * *
tori kumo ni iru

now birds enter clouds,
cutting through skeins of gray wool
as rain unravels

* * *
saezuri

twittering of birds
marks the coming of sunset --
time to go inside

* * *
sakuradai

serve the red sea bream
at all festive occasions:
cherry blossom fish

* * *
shirauo

the fishermen come
to the dock with their catches --
whitebait on rice, yum!

* * *
nokkomi buna

threshing in white foam
at the surface of the pond --
rising carp in love

* * *
waka ayu

in the fresh water
swim the young sweetfish,
waiting to become supper

* * *
hamaguri

ah, cherrystone clams --
this morning, sushi for lunch;
tonight, white go stones

* * *
choo

dancing butterflies
invite me to follow them
instead of working

* * *
kaiko

in mulberry trees,
the silkworms feast, kimonos
waiting to become

* * *

Spring -- Plants

ume

plum blossoms blooming --
spring in the orchard -- later,
we'll have pickled plums

* * *
kobai

the red plum blossoms
open, their color cutting
through the cold gray rain

* * *
tsubaki

camellia blossoms
bring the beautiful women
into the garden

* * *
hatsu hana

first cherry blossoms
announce the middle of spring --
anticipation!

* * *
sakura

cherry trees open
umbrellas on every branch --
oh, so beautiful!

* * *
hana

blossoms in the park --
come, bring fish and rice and wine,
and picnic blankets

* * *
osozakura

late cherry blossoms:
everyone gathers to see
pink petals falling

* * *
zanka

after people leave,
remaining cherry blossoms
still dot the branches

* * *
tsutsuji

the azaleas are
everywhere: parks, temples, shrines,
the neighbors' gardens

* * *
fuji

wisteria blooms,
and lovers walk through tunnels
of pale purple rain

* * *
yamabuki

the wild roses
bedeck the mountainsides with
speckles of yellow

* * *
momo no hana

in March, peach blossoms
drive away evil spirits
from the sweet gardens

* * *
ko no me

tree buds swell and then
burst into blossoms, followed
by the fresh green leaves

* * *
wakamidori

everywhere at once --
young green plants blanket the land,
filled with such promise

* * *
kuwa

mulberry gives us
leaves for silkworms, fruit for wine,
and wood for carving

* * *
yanagi

in the willow woods,
women coming and going,
slender and graceful

* * *
ryuujo

the willow fluff falls
over the pasture fence where
horses lap it up

* * *
take no aki

it's bamboo autumn --
in the slender forest, leaves
turn yellow and gold

* * *
na no hana

mustard flowers bloom
and majestic Mount Fuji
wears yellow slippers

* * *
daikon no hana

in the spring salads,
Japanese-radish flowers;
in autumn, the roots

* * *
mame no hana

bean flowers clinging
to the trellis -- so small, yet
so very scarlet

* * *
aomugi

now the green barley
is barely up -- testing, not
trusting the spring air

* * *
haru no kusa

spring grasses and forbs
will spread over the meadows,
inviting livestock

* * *
shitamoe

sprouting grasses and
broadleaves spear through the black earth --
conquering army

* * *
kusa no me

walking in the woods,
sprouts of wildflowers and
grasses underfoot

* * *
sumire

violets in bloom,
purple on green -- Mount Fuji
dons his royal robes

* * *
genge

vetch on the hillsides,
like a message from Gifu --
a springtime idyll

* * *
tanpopo

dandelions bloom --
children run through fields, playing
their little hand-drums

* * *
tsukushi

on the long walk home,
beside an abandoned plot:
there -- horsetails to eat!

* * *
sakurasoo

primrose in gardens --
young ladies lean together --
cherry blossom grass

* * *
warabi

in the shady woods,
picking fiddleheads today --
for supper, salad

* * *
seri

along the creeks, girls
gather water dropwort as
gifts for old women

* * *
shunran

pampered in gardens,
spring orchids run wild in woods --
oh, the irony!

* * *
yomogi

gathering mugwort
to prepare the sweet rice cakes
for the ancestors

* * *
tsubana

at the water's edge,
the reed ears open -- the seeds
whisper and listen

* * *
mikusa ou

waterweeds grow at
the edge of the rice paddies --
food, everywhere, food

* * *
ashi no tsuno

by the pond, reed sprouts
toss their horns like restless calves
as they rush the wind

* * *
wakame

after the storm goes,
people gather seaweed on
the beach for salad

* * *
nori

seaweed dried and made
into sheets to wrap sushi --
the sea's green obi

* * * * *

Notes:

This batch is long, so its notes appear separately.
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