Song of Every Season: Linda Swift: Poetry: Pages 37
A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese lyric poem having a fixed three-line form of
5-7-5 syllables. Within the confines of this narrow scope, the poet seeks to imprint images on the reader's mind and heart.
These word pictures are not meant for "doing" but for "being." They offer a closer look at nature's quiet beauty; forsythia buds opening, a bean field in summer, wild geese in flight, an icy-winged snowbird. And make you smile at a fat toad eating fried bugs or a bushy-tailed squirrel sitting in a bird feeder. Within these pages you can smell lilac-scented rain; hear the hum of a waterfall; see autumn's bright bonfire; feel ice needles stinging. These haiku are intended to lead you to a greater appreciation of serenity and self.
Like a friend you enjoy listening to over and over, Ms. Swift's haiku will call you back, again and again. And every time you come back, you will experience each season, each poem, each word - anew. By all means keep a copy on your coffee table to share with friends, but odds are you'll want a copy all your own.
Sun-browned girl of three
Wearing swan raft upside down,
You won't drown; will he?