The week of dreary, rainy weather prior to Earth Day weekend, coupled with that week’s tragic events at Virginia Tech., had me feeling quite melancholy. But then a wonderful thing happened. As the weekend arrived, the sun broke through the clouds and shone brightly on the beauty of Spring emerging all around me. It was the softball season’s opening weekend for the league on which my thirteen year old niece plays. It was the perfect weekend.
My spirits lifted. I spent as much time as possible outdoors that weekend; helping a friend with some yard work at her home, soaking in the scenery, playing with the dogs, and of course, taking in a girls’ softball game (which my niece’s team won, by the way).
To honor the Mother for Earth Day, I spent some time cleaning up the litter around the grounds of my apartment building. As I was doing so, the sound of the birds, the soft breeze, and the warm sun got me to thinking of an assignment my High Priestess had given her students for Ostara (Spring Equinox) in 2005. She asked us all to write a Haiku (or two, or three…) in honor of Spring. With this in mind, as well as my weekend’s activities, Haiku ideas flooded my thoughts.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. English Haiku is traditionally separated into three lines; the first line consisting of 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables. This compact poetic form can be used to describe pretty much anything. Haiku doesn’t rhyme. The purpose of Haiku is to “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. The challenge is to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in only 17 syllables over three lines of poetry. I am more of a rhyming poet (to the point that I usually end up sounding like Dr. Seuss), so Haiku is indeed is a challenge for me. Here are a few that I came up with last weekend:
Spring brings forth new life –
Trees budding, a flower blooms
Under bright blue sky.
On Earth Day I am
Clearing litter from the land.
Honor our Mother.
The Life of our Mother Earth,
For this I give thanks.
Labs running through field,
Ears flopping and tails wagging,
Together they play.
Softball season starts,
Girls cheering and crowd clapping,
Go team C.G.A.!!!
How about the rest of you? Up to the challenge of writing your own Spring Haiku? (or two?) As we are coming up on Beltane, this could be a May Day activity.
Please feel free to share yours here in the comments!