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March 24th 2017

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late
····March snows—the highway’s headlights
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Twice  this year I’ve driven from Vermont to Maine in New England’s worst weather. I left today, Friday, at noon, in a blizzard, and didn’t get home until half past midnight Saturday morning. I saw cars off the road and one overturned—completely belly-up. Coming back, midway through New Hampshire, rain, sleet and snow iced the roads—an exiting pickup truck took down an overhead highway sign. In all that time, not a spare moment to put down a poem, not so little as a haiku, so I write it now before going to bed.
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83 March 24th 2017 | bottlecap
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March 23rd 2017

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swirling
····in the girl’s gaze—snow on the closing days
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I’ve read that sometimes the Japanese poets wrote haiku such that the sounds of the language echoed their subject. That’s rarely possible to translate, but maybe there’s a little of that in the haiku above.
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March 20th 2017

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sunlight
····through the closet doors—an onion’s green
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I’ve marked today’s haiku as belonging to spring. My winter haiku end. I haven’t always switched seasons according to the calendar, but more by feel. The sun today was so brilliant and so warm, despite the icy undercurrent of melting snow, that the change seems right. The Japanese marked the season of their haiku with kigo, or ‘season words’. The most famous kigo being ‘cherry blossoms’. Any haiku, almost without exception, that mentions cherry blossoms takes place in the spring. The trick for a western writer, who can’t resort to kigo, is to find other ways to convey the season.
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