Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Rain--National Poetry Month

(photo by John Aldersey-Williams, www.geograph.org.uk/photo/12091)

It's raining this morning! After all the snow melt, you wouldn't think we'd need rain, but we are glad to see it soak the ground afresh and clean things off. To celebrate, here are a couple rain haiku by Japanese masters:

(photo by Tacuma, picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xcsN2uH5OEGBWwn0MIVO7Q)

In spring rain

In spring rain
a pretty girl

--Kobayashi Issa

(photo by Oimax flickr.com/photos/72396314@N00/2606379621/)

Spring rain

Spring rain
leaking through the roof
dripping from the wasps' nest.

--Matsuo Basho

(photo by Leah Jones flickr.com/photos/accidentallyjewish/3630023243/)

And just for fun, go to children's poet and songwriter Eric Ode's poetry page to read his poem "Soggy Sneaker Parade."

What does spring rain remind you of? Happy splashing!