Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: New Year Haiku 12-27-20

This poetry was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "WILD CARD: New Year" square in my 7-1-20 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. It is posted here as a birthday present for Shirley Barrette. This concludes the 2020 haiku book of 500 kigo.


New Year Haiku 12-27-20


New Year -- The Season

shinnen

the new year brings hope
for auspicious beginnings
and an end to grief

* * *
hatsuharu

with the new year comes
the beginning of spring and
a whisper of change

* * *
kozo

last year is done -- gone!
it flies away like the dust
from a beaten rug

* * *
ganjitsu

first day dawns early
and clear, a good omen for
all the days to come

* * *
koshoogatsu

the Little New Year
marks the end of the season
under the full moon

* * *
New Year -- The Heavens

hatsuhi

what can compare with
the first sun of the new year?
nothing can, nothing

* * *
hatsuzora

a breath of fresh air
and clarity of first sky --
everything opens

* * *
hatsunagi

clarity, then storm,
and finally the first calm
after the clouds go

* * *
New Year -- The Earth

hatsufuji

through departing clouds
the first glimpse of Mt. Fuji
fills my heart with awe

* * *
New Year -- Humanity

harugi

sounds in the kitchen --
then I see my daughter in
her spring kimono

* * *
toso

I have always loved
drinking in the New Year with
cups of mulled rice wine

* * *
zooni

at the hearth, my wife
makes the vegetable soup for
a New Year's party

* * *
kadomatsu

that smell! the gate-pines
decorate every entry
with their perfumed air

* * *
shimekazari

old year and old friends,
new year and a new baby --
sacred rope binds all

* * *
hoorai

a long life lived well:
my brother has gone on to
the Isle of the Blessed

* * *
kagamimochi

the mirror rice cakes
on the altar give honor
to the Sun Goddess

* * *
matsu osame

it's time -- take down pine,
in the fire for sweet smoke,
in the field for birds

* * *
hatsuyu

the first bath is warm
against the cold air -- we're like
snow monkeys in springs

* * *
hatsuyume

so many new things
and such possibilities --
first dream of new year

* * *
nenshi

we go visiting,
we receive guests -- this makes for
an auspicious year

* * *
toshidama

the paper so red,
and the children so happy --
ah, New Year's money!

* * *
hatsudayori

the first greeting cards
arrive from family and friends:
little slips of love

* * *
kakizome

my brush dances on
paper, writing good wishes --
first calligraphy

* * *
hatsuichi

how likely is it
first market has what we need?
one way to find out

* * *
hatsuni

all beasts of burden,
like the carts and boats, must face
the new year's first load

* * *
kaizome

home from the market
I come, clutching my treasure:
the year's first purchase

* * *
karuta

the family gathers
for card games and poetry,
an old tradition

* * *
hagoita

in the muddy yard,
battledore and shuttlecock --
the girls are playing

* * *
temari

we play with hand balls,
their colorful string cheerful
as pieces of fruit

* * *
hamayumi

the sacred arrow
from the Shinto shrine points toward
the way to good luck

* * *
manzai

street comedians
make everyone laugh, despite
the chilly weather

* * *
shishimai

down the lanterned streets,
the bright lion comes dancing --
ah, what a marvel!

* * *
New Year -- Observances

wakamizu

young water drawn from
the well on New Year's Day -- its
taste like no other

* * *
nanakusa

seven herbs eaten,
good health in the coming year --
these go together

* * *
wakanatsumi

picking the young greens:
at last, we're out of the house!
the new year is good

* * *
sagichoo

burning ornaments:
the air smells sweetly of smoke
banishing the past

* * *
yabuiri

into the thicket
they go, servants visiting
their childhood homes

* * *
hatsumde

the first visit to
the temple sets the tone of
the whole year to come

* * *
New Year -- Animals

hatsusuzume

outside my window
the first sparrows twittering
wake up the new year

* * *
hatsugarasu

in the frosty fields
the first raven cries, spreading
his shadowy wings

* * *
hatsutori

just before daybreak,
the first rooster is crowing --
go back to sleep, bird!

* * *
New Year -- Plants

shida

see the fiddleheads --
if not eaten, they open
into soft green ferns

* * *
yuzuriha

there in the forest,
the broad-leaved evergreens are
greeting the new year

* * *
hodawara

so many things you
can do with seaweed -- a whole
year to do them in

fukujusoo

pheasant's eye opens
its strong yellow flowers now,
promising long life

* * *
nazuna

today we work work hard
picking shepherd's purse -- tonight,
special rice porridge!

* * *

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