Haiku 1/19/19

For Magaly’s prompt at Real Toads ,  poem in the manner of Mary Oliver. We lost a great poet and a better person

Haiku 1/19/19

icy scabbards hang
from the forsythia bush –
wintry arctic blooms

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kim881
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 14:59:46

    A gorgeous haiku, Toni. I love the icy standards and the icy blooms.

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  2. Magaly Guerrero
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 15:10:00

    I can see those branchy swords sheathed in winter, a reminding of spring sleeping underneath the ice.

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  3. sanaarizvi
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 15:11:08

    A stunning haiku, Toni! ❤️ I still can’t believe she’s gone 😦

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  4. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 15:18:32

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #6: Toni Spencer’s latest haiku for Real Toads!

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 15:41:41

    Scabbard, what a wonderful way to describe the ice on the forsythia…

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  6. Brendan
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 15:45:30

    She taught us most about death, I think. The way it balances with joy …

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  7. Helen
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 19:50:08

    I am happy you chose a haiku … perfect.

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 19, 2019 @ 20:48:17

      Thank you. I wanted to keep it simple and without a bunch of extemperaneous words to muck up the simplicity factor.

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  8. Sherry Blue Sky
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 19:58:14

    I love the idea of icy blooms on the forsythia bush. Forsythia is my favourite springtime bloom. When I had yards, I always had forsythia. And lilac. And iris beds.

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  9. coalblack
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 20:04:49

    As usual, you ace anything to do with the natural world, fren.

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  10. robtkistner
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 20:47:39

    Nice haiku Toni. That’s what I should have done…

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 19, 2019 @ 20:50:01

      Haiku always come to mind first in my books. I have been writing them for about 50 years. Classic haiku with kigo and kireji.

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  11. othermary
    Jan 20, 2019 @ 11:35:19

    This is exquisite.

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  12. Jim
    Jan 20, 2019 @ 20:58:19

    Nice Haiku part, Toni. I can see those icy “arctic blooms.”
    ..

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  13. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jan 21, 2019 @ 00:13:28

    There are certain flowers and bushes that should not be trimmed back come winter as their snow-clad sculptures are breathtaking

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    • kanzensakura
      Jan 21, 2019 @ 07:40:56

      Yes they are. This forsythia is huge and takes up an entire corner of our yard. It is also descended from a forsythia brought over from England by my ancestors. There are several of these in Virginia, NC, and TN from cuttings from that bush. I love these old plantings. This past Dec it was hung with a myriad of these long icicles.

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  14. Vivian Zems
    Jan 22, 2019 @ 03:36:00

    Not fancy at all – but certainly rich with imagery❤️

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