Monday, 11 May 2009

Haiku Festival

Each year the fresh shock

a tight bud unfurls, reveals

hot pink peony


for a full list of Haiku Festival participants

46 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

In case of fire
do not use elevator:
instead use the stairs.

Lisa said...

great images Bee

Elizabeth said...

Such joy.
I hope the peony was in your own garden.
I love it when all the little ant crawl over the tight tight buds.

Elizabeth said...

I lost an 's' above...sorry.

rochambeau said...

Beautiful Haiku Bee!!
It allowed me to be part of the Peony life too.
I cherish the Peony as
Here they do not grow. Only one bloomed ever that I know of this year. Our friend gave it to my mother as a gift.

Have a fun time today. Thank you for organizing this event with Elizabeth.

xox
Constance

ps
I'm part Norwegian.

Tessa said...

That's absolutely brilliant, Bee! I'm so impressed.

(I struggled quite stupidly to come up with a haiku. My brain rebelled most horribly while trying to do this shorthand poetry!)

Poetikat said...

Brilliant! (In every sense of the word).

Kat

Tracy said...

Such loveliness and a beautiful tribute to spring glory unfurling, Bee! Your photos fit seamlessly with the poem and really enhance the experience. So glad you joined us...and so nice to meet you! :o) Happy Days...

Golden West said...

Lovely!

Stephanie said...

my peonies are tight tight tight right now...anxious for the bloom!

Jennifer said...

I think we're all inspired by spring right now! This is lovely. :-)

Butternut Squash said...

That is some powerful color!
Peace.

The Clever Pup said...

Great Haiku. Do you have peonies already in England?

Beth said...

You are a busy, creative lady.
Love the words, "fresh shock."

bluepete said...

Beautiful pics as always and love the haiku. The flower reference reminds me of Pound's haiku-like lines "The apparition of these faces in the crowd. Petals on a wet, black, bough".

Bee said...

Chairman Bill - Is that yours? Did the word "hot" make you think of it?

Lisa - Thank you!

Elizabeth - Yes, the peony is in my garden. I look forward to them every year.

Rochambeau - I am surrounded by Norwegian themes at the moment, so it is lovely to include you.

Tessa - Yes, it is surprisingly hard! I changed the middle verse several times. I also thought of "alchemy of sun and earth," but I think there is meant to be an action in the middle verse.

Poetikat - Good word choice; thank you.

Tracy - Thank you . . . and I really enjoyed visiting you as well.

Golden West - Again, my thanks.

Stephanie - Yes, I wish that I could have caught that tight green bud before the pink bursts forth . . . but I wasn't quick enough. I hope yours bloom soon. What color?

Jennifer - Which makes the haiku the perfect poetic form . . .

Butternut Squash - Isn't it? I usually favor pastels; and these don't really "go" with the rest; but I can't resist them.

The Clever Pup - Yes, we do; in fact, most of them peaked this week. They bloom with the wisteria, lilac and clematis -- and make up one of the nicest three week periods in the garden.

Beth - I try! But I am also lady of the laundry and the roast dinner.

bluepete - Thanks for sharing those lines . . . they are wonderful.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

I love peonies! What a beautiful pink one there.

Lea said...

Just beautiful, this bud of pink delight!

Allegra Smith said...

Defying brevity
it lurks inside
until the poet finds it...

Gorgeous, both the image and the haiku.

Lisa said...

Okay, but can't I just sit here and enjoy the peonies for a while?

Shell said...

Beautiful haiku and picture.

Catalyst said...

I love peonies. My mother used to raise them in North Dakota when I was a boy. She was Norwegian on both sides of her family.

Deniz said...

An ode to a peony, how fabulous!

Margaret Gosden said...

Amazing combination of red, green and haiku. Lovely!

Reya Mellicker said...

I've been hopping from one haiku to the next. All of them are fabulous.

xxoo

Bee said...

Japra - Aren't they wonderful?

Lea - Thank you!

Allegra - How nice to offer me a haiku in return!

Lisa - Sure. I'd like to give an oasis of calm and peonies.

Shell - Thank you.

Catalyst - I didn't realize that they would grow in such a cold climate. Interesting.

Deniz - Can you think of a more glorious May subject?

Margaret - Thanks so much. Straight from my garden.

Reya - I did that yesterday, too. I like the way everyone does something slightly different with the assignment.

Butler and Bagman said...

Wonderful blog, this
hot pink peony blooming
I leave a comment.

JaneyV said...

Haiku love passed me
bewildered and not grasping-
-puzzle now revealed

I adore peonies - the richness of their colours, the incredible exhibitionism of their blooms. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

La Belette Rouge said...

Peony are my FAVORITE flower. I love their lushness, boldness and extroversion.

willow said...

Wonderful haiku and gorgeous peonies, Bee. My favorite are the pale pink. Mine will probably bloom next week! Can't wait.

rhubarbwhine said...

It was so lovely to meet you via this festival. I loved the haiku and will be back to read more of your blog. Thank you!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Gorgeous. Words of beauty.

dancing doc said...

truly one of my absolute favorite flowers! thanks for sharing! and the Haiku was super too! salut,

Sarah Laurence said...

Fun haiku and photo!

Maggie May said...

that is a really refreshing haiku

Bee said...

Butler and Bagman - I struggled with that for two days! How clever of you to just dash it off.

JaneyV - You are clever, too! Peonies are irresistible, aren't they?

La Belette Rouge - They are one of my favorites, too -- for all the reasons that you describe.

Willow - Please post pictures! I have a few new ones in my garden, and I can't remember what colors they are . . . so I am also anxiously awaiting blooming time.

Rhubarbwhine - Your name really amuses me. The beginning of a beautiful friendship?

Stacy - Oh, thank you!

dancing doc - Do you find peonies in your bit of France, or do they like a colder climate?

Sarah - Thanks.

Maggie May - Refreshing; good word.

♥ Braja said...

Wow, I forgot about that Haiku festival; Elizabeth told me about it before the accident...I'll have to go and look it up, as I like the odd Haiku or two :)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I love it!

Shauna said...

great!

Lucy said...

Very nice! And peonies are so Japanese, somehow!

The Things We Carried said...

Bee, I loved it!

Duluk said...

Nice. I like haiku, though not great at it. I will offer this:

The cold rain rustles
Like autumn wind in leaves
Kneading the burnt street

Jan said...

Good calling in and seeing your liveliness is still flourishing!

rosedale's 4 head said...

pretty!

Anna said...

Bee nice flower! I can smell it here.
Anna :)

Merisi said...

Perfect marriage of words and pictures! Peonies are my favorite flowers.