Monday, 21 August 2006

Haiku - music

One Deep Breath this week is asking for haiku about music. I like seasonal haiku, so to start with I wrote four haiku on the music of the four seasons:

birds sing together
exuberant dawn chorus -
the music of Spring.

hot summer day -
a grasshopper orchestra
plays in the field.

autumnal breezes
whistle through the changing leaves -
haunting melodies.

snow falls silently -
inside the family gathers
to sing Christmas songs.

The following is a haiku inspired by the open air concerts at Traquair Fair, a wonderful summer event that happens in Innerleithen near Peebles in the Scottish Borders.

old apple orchard -
petals drift in the breeze
of the singer's voice.

And the final haiku here goes back to when I lived in Malawi where all the children seemed to have amazing natural creative talents:

down by the river -
the fishermen's children
play tin cans like drums.

Not content to leave it there, my Alter Ego has also written some musical haiku here!


Jennifer S. said...

these are wonderful, what an inspiring prompt Susan brought us!

Becca said...

I love seasonal haiku as well, and your mingling of seasons and music was perfectly done. Beautiful!

susanlavonne said...

I love your focus on this theme! And the last one about the children literally gave me goosebumps :-)

Tammy Brierly said...

These were all wonderful and how clever to mix seasons and music. My favorite lines are in your 7 syllable line :)

jillypoet said...

Such a great idea to link haiku with the music of the seasons as your theme. I have been hearing the grasshopper orchestra all summer, but could not have named it so aptly! My favorite, however, is ...petals drift in the breeze/of the singer's voice. So descriptive!

Deirdre said...

I love the imagery here, could see and hear it all.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous haiku!

Larry Kollar said...

All of these are good, but my favorite is the petals drift(ing) in the breeze.

Oh, BTW, your alter ego link is broken (it has an extra "http" in it). I'm sure AE would be grateful if you fixed that. :-)

harmonyinline said...

oooh what a haiku feast!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for all your comments. Farfetched thanks for pointing out the broken link! I'll fix that immediately!

Anonymous said...

beautiful, the sounds of the seasons - wonderful.

Helen said...

I just loved these haiku. The vision of each season is wonderful!

jennifer black said...

These are simply wonderful. Lyrical, visual, a true feast. I love this line: "a grasshopper orchestra/plays in the field." I can just see it!


Annie Jeffries said...

dawn chorus, grasshopper orchestra, haunting melodies, Christmas songs - each image perfect for the season.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for your comments too - Faustina, Jennifer, Annie and Helen.

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Tommaso Gervasutti said...


Two birds first
at the crack of dawn
talk to each other,
exchange in the silence
full notes.
Not for long, very soon
their crowd breaks in.
But you would like to stay
between those two,
a drop
in the hollow of the air’s neck,
that doesn’t fall
and becomes a pearl.