St. Patrick’s Day—
why must the beer
World Kigo Database/St. Patrick’s Day
I posted this haiku for St. Paddie’s Day last year, along with the link to Dr. Gabi Greve’s World Kigo Database of all things seasonal–where Gabi-san lists many fascinating references to seasonal kigo used in traditional Japanese and English Language Haiku. At the time, the tragedy of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was still unfolding and a celebration where everyone–regardless of race or creed–gets his/her Irish on by consuming massive quantities of beer doused with cake food coloring seemed a bit obscene to me. Well, truthfully, it still does . . . .
Still, I’m feeling more tolerant these days–not necessarily of green beer but of any kind of celebration that takes us outside ourselves long enough to consider our place in the larger scheme of things, to celebrate our humanity and the differences and similarities that make us human in the best sense of the word. So go ahead, get your green on . . . whatever that means to you. Kick up your heels like a leprechaun. Speak with a brogue. Dance a jig. Search for rainbows and four-leaf clovers. It might help. Who knows?
going green a gypsy moth in lieu of a luna