Two Spring Haiku – 春 俳句

Katsushika Hokusai- Plum Blossom and the Moon from the book Mount Fuji in Spring

Katsushika Hokusai- Plum Blossom and the Moon from the book Mount Fuji in Spring

Night haze softens bare
trees – plum blossoms secretly
begin to unfold.

First full moon of spring
Frogs sing loudly from the creek –
Bare trees listening.

Kawanabe Kyosai - 1879

Kawanabe Kyosai – 1879




24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. el34ax7
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 00:51:27

    Still waiting for our frogs, but seeing the giant full-moon after Aikido was gorgeous. “Bare trees listening” is just a perfect line, too. Hopefully, we’ll all be in our springs clothes soon.

    Loved both of these. 😀


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 09, 2015 @ 01:01:04

      It was warm today and tonight, the frogs were out in full force. I thought of Emily Dickinson’s poem and had a good chuckle at these frogs just telling everything to everybody! Glad you liked. I feel all too soon we will be in hot summer clothes.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 00:59:12

    The full moon is magnificent – soon the daylight will be too long to see it much though.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 09, 2015 @ 01:02:59

      It was perfect tonight shining behind bare tree branches with a bit of oboro, spring night haze to just make a little out of focus. We just went into daylight savings time – springing forth one hour so daylight is getting longer.


  3. Trini Lind
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 01:27:36

    Oh, I loooove these!!! 🙂 ❤


  4. macjam47
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 08:45:35

    Beautiful Haiku! I love them.


  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 08:45:46

    Your mood is evident in both these Haiku, Kanzen. Both are dreamy and wistful. Wonderful pictures: the one of the frogs had me laughing. Their exuberance is contagious. 😀 ❤


  6. Hannah Gosselin
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 11:28:22

    Love the secret unfolding and the personification of the trees, “listening!” Two beautiful haiku! 🙂


  7. Bryan Ens
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 18:28:19

    love the image of blossoms secretly unfolding.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 09, 2015 @ 19:08:07

      I stood out one night by my plum tree and focused on one small area. Because the day had been warm I knew some of the blooms would start unfolding. I was curious to see if I could catch them at it. I stood there for an hour (not bad because I heard all the night sounds, watched a few deer go through the yard, saw an owl in the tree in the next yard…) nothing on the plums. I went around to the back to make sure the deer had found the corn I had put out and then went back to the plum tree. Two of those buggers had unfolded!!! I was convinced then they only unfold in secret. S’truth.


  8. SirenaTales
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 07:45:00

    Magical and mysterious gems by a master. Thank you for the hushed loveliness, Kanzen. xxo


  9. dani
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:39:31

    beautiful! you disprove your statement on your about page that your poetry “isn’t that good” ~ everything i’ve read so far is wonderful!


  10. kanzensakura
    Mar 10, 2015 @ 11:40:35

    You are so very kind and I thank you. We “odd ducks” have to stick together. I agree there are similarities and shared differences. That’s what I like about blogging – meeting so many wonderful people and becoming part of a community of friends. I understand about being busy. I know I go in spits and spurts and have to catch up. I have a gentleman who has followed my blog since the first posting. I don’t hear from him for a few months and then, there he is! And what he says is always spot on and so kind. He is a mathematician and poet and tends to get lost in those two worlds. Don’t worry. Come as often as you like and/or can. It’s okay! The welcome mat is always out.


  11. nikibayard
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 11:12:57

    oh beautiful x


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