Did you know that today was Haiku Day? I did not, until I read a facebook post with a link to Robyn Hood Black’s bog, about 5 minutes ago. I have not written much haiku–I think most of my poetry ideas are too long and convoluted for that form–but I always admire these succinct moments. Last week I was inspired to write a haiku after watching Laura Purdie Salas’ poem starter video with a poem from GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys.
So in honor of haiku day, I’ll post this recent, unbaked snippet:
spring rain softens soil
earth’s scent rises on wind’s whispers
robin prizes worms
— Buffy Silverman, all rights reserved
I’m not entirely satisfied with that second line. I’ve also played with:
earthy scent rides the wind
earth’s scent rises
earth’s scent rides windy sighs
earth’s scent rises on wind’s bluster
I’m guessing the second choice is most haiku-ish. But it somehow feels incomplete. So for now, I’ll leave you with the whispering wind.