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Hello Poets! Frank J. Tassone here, ready to host another Haibun Monday, where we blend prose and haiku into something new.

Let’s put a little spring into our step today, shall we? Let’s spring into action. Or let’s just enjoy that first taste of spring. After all, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring on Ground Hog’s Day. Yesterday’s temperatures, at least in New York’s backyard, warmed to spring low temperatures.

Best of all, Spring begins in February, according to traditional, lunar calendars. What better time, then, to anticipate that season of rebirth! And hey, even if it’s still seven weeks until the Equinox, we have to believe, right?

So, still need some vernal inspiration? How about some spring haibun?

C. David Sinex


Winter’s given up.
Emboldened, spring has her way.
White to gray to green.
The snow has mostly melted.
An empty garden stares back.

Seed catalogs come in January; the best-known cure for cabin fever. Friday night, at Robin’s weekly bridge game, we’ll all talk of seeds. With the worst of winter yet to come, it’s the first true sign of spring.

Big Boy, beefsteak, both? Another giant pumpkin contest? The banter soon turns to last year’s successes and failures. “Have you heard from Helen?” someone asks. “No, why? Should I have?”

Driving to Raleigh.
My truck pulled your horse trailer.
I returned empty.

The warm soil is tilled and planted. Spring’s labor is summer’s bounty. Windfall trees are waiting to be cut and split. Nature’s done the hardest part for me. Spring’s labor is winter’s warmth.

It was spring when we met, and spring when you left. Winter took its toll. There’s someone else, now. But spring still makes me think of you.

Skis are put away.
The road to town’s now open.
What’s to keep me here?

Contemporary Haibun, July 2010, v. 6, n. 2

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