March 20th 2017

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sunlight
····through the closet doors—an onion’s green
········shoot
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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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79 March 20th 2017 | bottlecap
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