along the Po
miles and miles of poplars
summer or winter
the poplars guard the cities
As you can imagine from my haiku refers to Veneto, one of the North Eastern regions of Italy … but I could also have written Lombardi, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Veneto … the region of Verona, Padua and Venice.
All along the Po, which flows from the West to the East from somewhere in Piedmont to the Adriatic Sea near Venice, over the years, levies have been erected to guard the low laying cities that have flourished along its course from floods … thought they don’t always do their job and along these levies miles and miles of poplars have been planted.
In this area, unlike in Tuscany for example where cypress trees are used, the poplar delineates people’s property and sometimes decorate the long roads that lead to the main house of the large farms.
long lithe shadows
reflections in the river
poplars in the Po
standing near the levies
© G.s.k. ’15
This month is dedicated to impressions and impressionism in haiku.
And here is a delightful haiku impression written by our host Chèvrefeuille:
in the rippling brook –
no longer a poplar
I’d also like to add here a reference to this month’s Haiku poet Fuyuko Tomita … I missed writing for this week’s special dedicated to her as my Internet connection was down. She’s a well-known haiku poetess and a Dutchman, her website can be found at: www.fuyukotomita.com so that you can read more about her and of course see more of her haiku! This week our host included this haiku to inspire us to write in the same sense, tone and spirit.
Wa ga kage yo ano kado kara wa omae hitori
when I turn the corner
you will be alone
© Fuyuko Tomita
I’d written but couldn’t publish:
in the night
this shadow feels alone
in cold darkness
© G.s.k. ’15
This post was written thanks to the inspirations of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai