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March 20, 2008

vernal equinox: reprise again

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 12:01 am

raindropSF raindropSF One thing about the seasons, we can count on them returning. As strange as it seems to have already Sprung Forward into daylight savings time, spring (the vernal equinox) arrives around 1:48 EDT this morning. Noting that we have thunderstorms, along with a mix of rain and snow due overnight here in Schenectady, and in the spirit of saving energy, here is a reprise of a very satisfying posting from March 20, 2007, which welcomes spring with haiku and senryu. May you be renewed and blossom in the new season. [Note: no snowmen were injured in the production of this weblog post.]

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the lawn crunches
Spring’s first bocce match

………… Haiga: poem by david giacalone/ dagosan; photo by Arthur Giacalone – Simply Haiku haiga (Vol. 5: 1, 2007)

equinoxically yours [first posted March 20, 2007]

Despite the forecast for record low temperatures tonight — or, maybe because of it — the f/k/a Gang needs to celebrate the Spring (Vernal) Equinox with a few haiku from some of our Honored Guest friends.

expecting a night
of spring…
night frost

to one side
of my paper lantern…
spring’s first dawn

half of it
is flitting snow…
spring rain

………..…… by Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue (500 more on spring)

umbrella vert

spring equinox
moonshadow deepens
the creek

spring-like day
the cat grapples
with a catnip bird

spring longing
the man
in the three-quarter moon

…… by carolyn hall “spring-like day” – The Heron’s Nest (2004)
“spring equinox” – The Heron’s Nest (2000)
“spring longing” – frogpond XXVIII: 1

the widower
coaxed to the dance floor
spring equinox

the gardener’s sleeves
rolled to the elbow
spring equinox

……………. by tom painting – from A New Resonance 2 (2001) raindropSF raindropSF
“gardener’s” – Frogpond XXI v:2;
“the widower”- Modern Haiku XXXI: 2

first day of spring
all the fly-fishing books
out of the library

higher and higher
on the trampoline
spring rain

….. by matt morden “first day of spring” – A New Resonance 2 (2001)
“higher and higher” – tug of the current; Haiku Canada Newsl

the hood back on my coat –
spring arrives

last day of winter – raindropSF raindropSF
ice smothers
the early buds

spring arrives –
new snow bleaches
old snowbanks

mid-March winds –
a too-warm coat
suddenly too thin

Spring arrives –
peeps melting
on the dashboard

…………………… by dagosan
” last day of winter” – Nisqually Delta Review (Winter-Spring, 2006)
” new snow bleaches” – Haiku Harvest (Spring/Summer 2006)
“mid-March winds” – Clouds Peak #1 (July 2006)
“peeps melting” – Simply Haiku (Vol. 3, No. 4, Winter 2005)

first spring day
the chatter
of the starbucks staff

another spring
a tumble of stuffed bears
in the divorcee’s bed

umbrella vert ………… by pamela miller ness
“first spring day” – haiku sequence The Can Collector’s Red Socks
“another spring” – Modern Haiku (Autumn 2003)


  1. David:

    Loved Carolyn Hall’s “spring longing” – thanks for the nice selection of equinox verse …


    Comment by Don — March 21, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  2. Hello, Don, I hope your Springtime is starting auspiciously.

    Comment by David Giacalone — March 21, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

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