Going green . . .

St. Patrick’s Day—
why must the beer
be green?
               World Kigo Database/St. Patrick’s Day

It’s that time again.  When everyone, regardless of race or creed, gets their Irish on . . . and the rivers and the beer flow green.  Green beer?  Parades?  It all seems so trivial, in the light of recent events in Japan.   Still, I thank Dr. Gabi Greve, who maintains a massive database on all things seasonal (a.k.a. kigo), for her entries on St. Patrick’s Day and the many other fascinating references to seasonal kigo used in traditional Japanese Haiku (as well as English Language Haiku) in her World Kigo Database.  It’s a wonderful resource for haiku enthusiasts . . . or for those who are simply curious about how many different words you can use to describe the seasons.  

Thank you, Gabi-san.  Stay safe.




About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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2 Responses to Going green . . .

  1. alee9 says:

    Yes, why? Nice, haiku, mi hermana! Here’s two of three for you I posted at the NaHaiWriMo wall:

    St. Patrick’s Day–
    his red tie
    he insists it’s green

    Or anything green:

    he offers her
    his heart in threes–
    a clover leaf

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