Snowing Cherry Blossoms


Surprise Spring snowfall

Snowflakes melt in warm sunshine

Cherry Blossoms fall

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Today Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai poem that alluded to cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms welcome spring in the United States and in Japan, where festivals are held to celebrate them.  Last week it snowed one day and was in the sixties F. the next day!

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A Taste of Spring


While the North thaws out from the minus fifty+ wind chills of a week ago, The South East enjoyed the warm air flowing up from the Gulf Of Mexico. My daffodils had heads on them for the past two weeks. The burst of warm air caused many of them to bloom. It is a wonderful taste of spring in the middle of winter! Today the cold weather is back and the daffodils will feel the chill!

Daffodils blooming

Can’t resist the warm sunshine

Our first taste of Spring


Winter’s not over // today

blossoms shivered in the chill

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

This Haibun is for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge to write a poem about “first spring gust”. We were gone the beginning of the week and when we came home on Wednesday, we were greeted by smiling daffodils blooming. Spring is just around the corner!

#Haikai Challenge #72 (2/9/19): first spring gust (haru ichiban) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga


Signs of Spring


Signs of Spring

It’s the end of January the air is crisp

I turned the garden the vines I clipped

The sun climbs North the days grow long

Signs of spring with sweet bird songs

Some grass is green some weeds are too

Fat buds on vines the sky is blue

But the sure sign Spring will soon be here

Green shoots  pushing through the ground appear

Won’t be long till those buds will  bloom

Seems early for such to grow so soon

We still may have cold wind and snow

Temperatures may drop to freezing or below

Buds will wait till the cold winds pass

They are reminders that winter won’t last

No matter how much the cold winds blow

Daffodils defy  the rain and snow

Reminding us not to worry or fret

We’ll leave the winter with no regret

When Daffodils bloom along the stream

We’ll soon be warm with bright sunbeams


Photo: Dwight L. Roth