Haiku: Seasonal Delights

The seasons bring with them the repetition of natural cycles and the memories we create around them. How divine to remember the tradition of flying kites on a blustery March day with the invigorating gusts of chilled air, the wispy white clouds, and incredibly blue sky. Think of the salty sea air, the weight of the warm sand on your toes, and the cry of seagulls above the crashing waves. Hear the sounds of the crunchy leaves underfoot and the smell of the rain mixed with smoke from the chimney. Remember the beloved fragrance of winter evergreens and the magical twinkle of distant lights. The seasons evoke sensorial memories that recreate pictures in our minds, time spent with loved ones, traditions shared, and visits to our favorite places. The haiku are inspired from my own recollections. I hope you enjoy them!

Cheery red berries peek from beneath snow-covered boughs.
Cheery red berries peek from beneath snow-covered boughs. | Source

Boughs of red berries

Garlands of fragrant cedar.

No more is needed.


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Tilting and dipping

A kite pulls across the sky.

Wind calligraphy!

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The cry of seagulls

In a symphony of waves.

Free beach concerto.

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Nutmeg and allspice.

Warmed brandy by fire's light.

Tradition lingers.

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© 2012 Catherine Tally

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Wonderful imagery. Loved the beautiful snow laden berries and the free concerto! Blessings, Debby


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I love the "symphony of waves" and "free beach concerto" - I spend a lot of my time involved in music.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thnk you, Debby. I appreciate the nice comments! Blessings to you as well.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi, Flora. I'm glad you like the image of music. I was inspired by relaxing on the sand with my eyes closed and taking in all of the summer sounds. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments.


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Russ Baleson 4 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Cat, once again, lovely! I really love your work. I find that the best way to experience poetry and especially haiku is to read it slowly and out loud. I have read yours out loud a couple of times and love the images it portrays, and sense without doubt that these appeared instinctively to you. After voting this up, awesome and beautiful, I am going to write to some fellow hubbers who enjoy haiku and steer them to these treats.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi, Russ. Thank you for your kind words of support. You are right about the spontaneous creativity. I love walking in the outdoors and photographing the beauty there. My inspiration comes in waves, so I often am inactive for extended periods. Both you and Larry (Maven 101) have been great sources of encouragement, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness in introducing me to the haiku writers here on HP. I also enjoy discovering those that share our interests.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Russ is right, to read haiku out loud just fills the sir with the essence of it. I love the symphony of waves, a beautiful expression.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thanks so much, Rosemary. I agree with you.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Cat! I must say, you have outdone yourself with this beautiful representation of Haiku poetry! Great visual image and words! Voted up, up and away!


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi, Dexter. I'm so glad you stopped by to read my latest and delighted that you really liked the haiku images. Thanks for the great compliment!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Very nice each verse. Suggestion: "PeekING from snow-laden boughs" gives the added 7th syllable. Thanks for commenting on my latest. I found each of these beautiful. I also liked poetvix' non-Haiku, but great poem with included acrostics on

"Mothers,Fathers, Children" (and parents.)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Oops! Should have written "How to be a Mother, Father, Child".


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Perspycacious-

I appreciate your kind comments and thank you for noticing that I overlooked that 7th syllable. I must have hurried through my edits! I always look forward to your new haiku.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I looooove this one. :-)

My favorite:

"The cry of seagulls

In a symphony of waves.

Free beach concerto!"

Seagulls abound here and that is what they sound like -- when they're not diving into the ocean like Kamikaze pilots for fish. Beautiful!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I like your 7th syllable best.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Genna!


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Perspycacious,

Thank you for getting me on the right track!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

This was so very beautiful. I loved it! Thank you :)


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi Sunnie. It's always nice to see you here. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Glad you enjoyed this haiku.


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kittyjj 4 years ago from San Jose, California

Beautiful! Love it! Thank you for sharing. :)


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi kittyjj,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving the positive feedback. I am delighted to have you as a new follower and appreciate your kind comments!


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Beautiful poem and photo.


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Thank you, Lilleyth! I'm really happy that you like both and appreciate the thoughtful comment.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Cat

Such beautiful haikus.

Voted up and away!

Take Care


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hi, Sue. It's so nice to get positive comments from a fellow haiku wtiter whose work I admire. Thank you!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful!! Great haiku!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles Author

Hello Vellur,

Thank you! I am happy that you enjoyed these and appreciate your nice compliments.

Take care,

Cat:)

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