monsoon season . . .
–May Shiki Kukai, free format entry
Another month, another entry in Haiku World’s Shiki Kukai. In addition to this month’s shared kigo (season word) on “the coming of summer,” participants were asked to write a “free format” haiku about storms. Not a big leap of the imagination this spring, when storms–from tsunamis to flash floods and tornadoes–have been wreaking havoc around the world.
At the time of my entry, the Mississippi River bridge to Memphis was closed and the water was rising, and another rash of tornadoes–some of them touching down dangerously close to home–had yet to pop up across the South and Midwest. At this writing, however, the sun is out, the roads are clear, the bridges are open. Summer is, definitely, coming . . . .