Haiku: Rice Planting

For my prompt at Real Toads, writing poems to spring kigo.  Please keep the poems brief and with minimal description in the manner of Basho.  It is still cold here but not as bitter as a few weeks ago. Daffodils are pushing up their spears and my front yard is blue with tiny blue violets.

Haiku: Rice Planting

gentle cold spring rain –
cherry trees will soon lose their blooms –
rice is planted

Planting Rice by Hiroshige (1797 – 1858)

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kim881
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 13:24:29

    I knew you’d write a haiku, Toni; I kind of guessed you might write about rice planting, too – and what a beauty! I love the image you chose to illustrate it.


  2. Carrie V. H.
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 13:43:19

    A beautiful planting done by nature’s hand indeed. You always write the most lovely haikus Toni!


  3. coalblack
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 15:27:56

    haiku-ist in hospital/ doctor’s smile frosts the windows/ this won’t hurt a bit

    We both wrote about white fruit tree blooms. A common enough subject, I assume, but still. I like it that it shook out like that. Feel better; it is the will of Landru. (and me)


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 16:00:16

    That moment when the cherry bloom is always way too close for it to lose it too… that perfect bliss of melancholy


  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 16:23:02

    fascinating – the history and ways of another country. I also love Japanese art and textiles. I think “Seasonal Poetry” would be a great name for a book you write – as you are a poet and a cook.


  6. Vivian Zems
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 16:44:50

    A fresh and crispy scene you’ve painted here


  7. Frank J. Tassone
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 17:13:13

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Toni Spencer’s latest haiku for her prompt over at Real Toads!


  8. Susie Clevenger
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 20:26:32

    Love the mood…spring blooms in cherry blossoms and rice


  9. Jim
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 22:26:15

    Nice Haibun, Toni. Planting time. For potatoes in Nebraska it’s on Good Friday. Texas is year around where we live near the Gulf. I came here first after I wrote to see how our leader followed her promtGood Job, Toni !!


  10. Sherry Blue sky
    Feb 23, 2019 @ 22:33:56

    I love the whole idea of rice planting!


  11. Jui
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 02:30:02

    lovely photo for a beautiful haiku. I can imagine the scene with your writing.


  12. Kerry
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 04:42:46

    I like how you capture a moment in spring which already is passing with the blossoms.. there is hope of harvest in the planting of rice.


  13. Magaly Guerrero
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 09:34:39

    I really like how every line speaks of transition. Things are ending, but new beginnings will soon sprout. It’s like a dance that starts in one season…before celebrating the next.


  14. Anonymous
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 15:47:20

    Lovely … exquisite … everything a haiku should be, I think. Though I confess I am not an expert in this nuanced and layered form, this was splendiferous to read.


  15. Mary
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 18:16:47

    Rice being planted seems an optimistic note! But it is always sad to lose the beauty of the cherry blossom blooms!


  16. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 19:55:37

    Love your perfect haiku!


  17. thotpurge
    Feb 24, 2019 @ 22:37:19

    Nothing like cherry blossoms to mark the season and the constancy of change…


  18. sanaarizvi
    Feb 25, 2019 @ 11:58:26

    Such a splendid haiku, Toni! 🙂


  19. dsnake1
    Feb 26, 2019 @ 08:58:53

    your haiku does not disappoint, always excellent.
    rice planting is back breaking work, that’s why i always tell my kid not to waste any grain of rice.


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 26, 2019 @ 10:20:02

      Exactly. On a whim while in Japan, I saw women planting a field and asked to join them. I lasted the whole day ! It is cold war backbreaking work.

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