The Lighter Side of JzB

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Carpe Diem #97 -- Crocus

Crocuses in my yard - March 2009

I wrote the first two haiku in 2009 when I first posted this picture.  
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My wife's mother is now near the end of her life -
Which has me thinking about mortality

One purple crocus
Aloof from all his cousins.
We blame the squirrels.
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In late afternoon
Long shadows linger over
Spring's first crocuses
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A fragile flower
Impatient in early Spring
Lives fast and dies young
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Early Spring bloomer
 First bright flower to emerge
Alas - then it croaks
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Can the crocus be
A metaphor for humans
Quickly loved then gone


  1. "we blame the squirrels" Awesome!

  2. I found the line "lives fast and dies young" so very poignant! Lovely haiku!

  3. These went straight to my heart. Crocuses always remind me of dying young too. I wrote about it.

  4. Quickly loved then gone
    .... quite brilliant and haunting..

  5. Wonderful, many great lines to ponder. Thank you :)

  6. Hey JzB,

    Man you are good there with the last one.... a thought planted deeply in my head... now I shall ponder... Great choice of words.

  7. What an nice series of haiku on crocus JzB. Every one of them a little gem. Life is short, in your last haiku you have said it really nice, but my favorite is the second one. That, my friend, could have been written by one of our classical haiku masters.
    Thank you for sharing these gems on Carpe Diem.

  8. all of then wonderful !

  9. Thanks, friends.

    Your kind words make my day.


  10. My favourite set of your haiku I have read so far. Makes one stop for a while and think... Ese

  11. i like the different direction each wonderful haiku takes....and love your sense of humor

  12. Wonderful. Live fast die young is excellent.

  13. Wonderful haiku eluding to the fragility of life on this planet. well done!

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^


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