Three Spring Haiku and Three Spring Tanka

May Roses 2

May Roses

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It is spring and so beautiful  in Atlanta.  Tulips and daffodils have finished blooming, the azaleas are fading, but the tender greens of the trees, these huge oaks, maples and pecans are touching the sky with their new leaves.  The light is gentle, the winds so far gentle, but spring in the South goes through a tempestuous time where nothing is settled or predictable.  Tornadoes sweep the land and violent rainstorms sweep in from the ocean and gulf.  Right now it is calm, and sitting outside under rose bushes and geraniums in a gentle sun is a lovely break in the day.  The grass is growing at a pace where it is hard to keep it mowed, and I am thinking of broadcasting wildflowers instead of getting out the mower every few days.  But wildflowers need a cultivated ground to take, and it’s just too much work to disturb the soil right now.  The weather makes me feel lazy, but that might also be allergies and pollen.

Lady Nyo


 Three Spring Haiku

Dogwoods are blooming

The crucifixion appears

White moths in the night.

(Dogwoods are a Southern tree here in the South.  White blooms having the form of the Christian Cross, with nail heads.  They bloom in the spring right before Easter. They are a symbol of Christianity in Nature.)

A swirl of blossoms

Caught in the water’s current

Begins the season.

The moon, a ghostly

Sliver sails on a jet sea

Wild dogs howl beneath.

 Three Spring Tanka

The sound of frog-calls,

In the pond floats a pale moon

Fresh life is stirring

An early owl goes hunting

Wise mice scatter for cover.

Thin, silken breezes

Float upon a green-ribbon

Of spring—pale season.

Scent of lilies, myrtle, plum

Arouse bees from slumber.

Restless and confused,

Birds cry out, sky darkening

Rain lashes, flooding

Freshly planted fields drown

Wind sails red tiles from roofs.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

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2 Responses to “Three Spring Haiku and Three Spring Tanka”

  1. TR Says:

    “Fresh life is stirring” – that is spring! Love the pics, beautiful flowers! I am smiling as I read this and see the pics. xx


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Ahhhh! I love that you are smiling! LIfe can be such a downer….we all need something to smile about. The flowers are beautiful this year…of course the tulips and the daffs are done, but the roses are just beginning.

    I need to write more tanka, poetry, etc…but I am being a slug right now, and moving very little. Ears stopped up from sudden allergies and all I seem to want to do is sleep. Lots of naps! If it wasn’t for the cats/dogs/ new chicks and the older chickens and rooster….I would do absolutely nothing!

    Love, Jane….don’t do as I do. LOL!


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