Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jeff Hanson & Ronald Baatz: Wednesday Haiku, Week 56

Tsuchiyama by Hiroshige

autumn rain… some things wash away
Jeff Hanson

Photo by Ponx

Wet yard
quiet as
Ronald Baatz

half of it
is flitting snowflakes...
spring rain
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Rachael Stanley said...

The first one autumn rain.. has a philosophical feel to it.

The second conveys a great sense of stillness. Rachael Stanley

TC said...

All I can say, Don, is




[tiny splash, heard only by a newborn snail, nosing about in the mud]

aditya said...

Some fine insights on the rain.

woman bathing roadside buffaloes-
we too
get wet!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Rachael -

Thanks very much - yes, they are something of a match - Jeff's catches the richness of resonance that isn't - the essential core of haiku, I'd say.

Ronald Baatz just is always amazing. The evocation of sound here is just beautiful because sound is somehow instantly tone (not that does resonate) - could this really be only 5 words long?


Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Yes, there is such sound in all three of these, sound as tone, as I mentioned above.

Now, of course, I'm curious about how snails hear.

And 'here' it is ...


Charles Gramlich said...

There's something so incredible about dew.

Ed Baker said...

speaking towards that dew drop:

been re-into Dōgen's 'moon in a dewdrop'

actually began with the poems near the end... & worked backwards..

those Tanahashi / Whalen & the Tanahashi / Unger


&, anyboddhi know this Brian Unger ? I think I just might... name is familiar.

great 'stuff' Life = Art/Poetry, eh ?