Harbingers of Spring

Harbingers of Spring

The last two weeks of February we had a couple of 70° days, followed by cold rains. I hear there were sightings of bears. They were awakened early by the sun. Anything like me, I bet they are still awake. Friday we had a nor’easter come through with wet snow and high winds. There’s another on its way on Wednesday. March is here.

Today we put out the suet blocks on the empty trees for the woodpeckers and we have filled the bird feeder. I am thinking this may be the last round. Spring is on all fours and hungry. They won’t retreat. Neither will the growth both above and deep in the ground. Onward, upward they come.

Like a timid child
Spring buds under winters cloak
Softly emerging

Haibun Monday at dVerse. Prompt is:

One of the most promising signs of a soon-to-be spring is the appearance of tiny buds on the trees. In Japanese the word pending is implied in the Kigo, No Ko Me--tree buds. The bud holds so much potential, the possibility of the tree becoming all that is was created to be.

Anticipation, hope, wonder, mystery are among many possible human responses to the appearance of buds on trees and how easy it is to find parallels in our own lives. As with most seasonal Kigos, there is a metaphoric richness contained within.

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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17 Responses to Harbingers of Spring

  1. You must be in the Northeast where weather plays tricks on you…been there. I absolutely love that haiku, the timid child afraid to venture out. Perfect metaphor for spring.

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  2. rothpoetry says:

    Beautiful imagery in your poem. I love the idea of buds emerging like a little child!

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  3. I like how you sneeze in a personal reference ” Anything like me, I bet they are still awake.” and adore adore “Like a timid child”. What a perfectly delicious line for a haiku!

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  4. Janice says:

    A beautiful haibun. This line caught my eye: “Spring is on all fours and hungry. They won’t retreat.”

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  5. kanzensakura says:

    I have to laugh at the likening of you and the bears. I’m sure I am the same way. I adore your haiku with the image of the timid child. Great image for spring.

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  6. I love the idea of Spring on all fours and hungry! That child may be timid, but she can throw the odd tantrum! I like your Spring of bears and woodpeckers.

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  7. I hope the bears go back to sleep! Lovely poem of reawakening, Mary 🙂


  8. Singledust says:

    spring can be just as a definitive season like winter from your words, for someone like me from the equator I appreciate this description, “spring is hungry and won’t retreat” such magnificence! I am a March baby so i feel the energy of this season after reading your words.


  9. Frank Hubeny says:

    I hadn’t considered the growth coming from both above and beneath the ground, but it makes sense that it does.


  10. I love the eagerness of spring… such a perfect way to describe it as a child


  11. ‘Spring is on all fours and hungry. ‘ I love that line! Your haiku ending is beautiful.
    We just got hit today with the storm, and I imagine it is worse where you are.


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