first snow
a passing child
sticks out her tongue

—Keiko Izawa
        

First published in Haiku Harvest.

About the author: I started composing haiku last year inspired by the work of my American penpal. Ever since I have encountered and been impressed by so many beautiful English language haiku made by poets from all around the world. I feel very happy and honored to know as a Japanese this poem that originated in Japan is loved this much in the world.

Responses to the haiku for 13 December 2005 by Keiko Izawa

  1.  
    Anne Schmidt
    2005-12-13 09:10:49
     

    Keiko, you are good. Two instant responses from me--the insult of sticking out the tongue instantly replaced by the wonder, the taste of the cold, the innocence of a child! Bravo!

  2.  
    Anthony Slauson
    2005-12-13 10:02:30
     

    Great haiku..I believe the snowflake is the universal snack of children.

    Christmas tree-man..
    slowly, walking toward...
    his severed forest

  3.  
    M. C. Thompson
    2005-12-13 11:48:32
     

    Very vivid Keiko. Love it.

    Snowflakes melting on
    tongue - tiny morsels taste
    enormously of youth.

  4.  
    spider tansy
    2005-12-13 16:48:12
     

    beautiful.


    heavy snow
    the geisha's
    red kimono


    just beautiful!

  5.  
    Liz Casey
    2005-12-13 19:45:42
     

    Acupuncturist walks by
    Sees snow loving tongue
    Diagnoses joy profound

  6.  
    Vasile Moldovan
    2005-12-14 00:54:00
     

    On the child's red tongue
    the snow flack melting
    in a moment

  7.  
    2005-12-14 01:29:26
     

    Love the haiku!

    It reminds me of when I rushed out recently to catch the snow before it became slushed up by traffic.

    No one poked a tongue out at me though!

    snow flurry
    a child thrusts his anorak
    into it

    Alan Summers
    Simply Haiku (Sept. 2003)

  8.  
    Magyar
    2005-12-14 07:49:04
     

    Keiko, thanks for thr memories invoked_! I can hardly wait 'till the next snow fall_!
    snow flake;
    tongue flick.
    flurry flavored.

  9.  
    ed markowski
    2005-12-14 17:00:49
     

    great. exactly what a haiku should be. keep writing
    keiko. your's is a very refreshing voice. from here in
    the land of snow ( it's snowing right now ) a compliment
    to your wonderful poem...


    white out...
    the crow's caw
    crystal clear

  10.  
    JJ
    2005-12-14 18:57:48
     

    Great ´ku, Keiko!

    wet spots...
    my collection
    of snowflakes

  11.  
    kala ramesh
    2005-12-14 23:11:15
     

    hi keiko . . .
    greetings from hongkong!!

    great one again!
    they say all great art is simple - or rather it seems simple.

    love,
    kala

  12.  
    Keiko
    2005-12-15 00:55:06
     

    Never thought this poem would be received this way --- so many encouraging words... Thank you all - Arigato!!!!!

    Keiko

  13.  
    Vasile Moldovan
    2005-12-15 07:50:47
     

    Here is a small light
    in this frosty winter day:
    mother's sweet voice...

  14.  
    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-12-15 23:03:22
     

    first snow
    a lady's graceful
    dance

  15.  
    2005-12-16 12:30:03
     

    great one, I have an image in my head now of a child trying to eat snowflakes.

  16.  
    Bill Kenney
    2005-12-17 12:34:29
     

    biting wind
    a puppy dances
    with snowflakes

    (don't get me wrong; I love kids, too. Fine haiku, Keiko)

  17.  
    2005-12-17 15:36:15
     

    the city's noises
    over the hills,
    the snow staying crouched.

  18.  
    bobby michael richardson
    2005-12-17 19:49:53
     

    imagining the snowman
    first snow--
    so many years ago

  19.  
    Judith Ingram
    2005-12-17 22:56:15
     

    Keiko . . . your poem evokes memories for so many people. For me, I remember a fuzzy, black puppy experiencing her first snow. Looking out my window, I could see her, mouth open, snapping at the elusive snow flakes. And I thought . . . how many of us in our lives are trying to catch the snowflakes.
    Judith

  20.  
    yooper nils
    2005-12-18 21:17:55
     

    this haiku brims with joy & innocence.
    a true masterpiece of simplicity. here
    in munising, michigan, there's 31
    inches of snow on the ground. it snows
    early and often & we love it!

    yooper nils

    halloween snow
    the olympic skier
    skis to the porch

  21.  
    Anwarul Zaneefer
    2005-12-26 04:06:07
     

    Icy cold morning
    Baby blanket embracing
    Give warmth to child

  22.  
    2005-12-30 19:17:52
     

    Keiko,

    A wonderfully and richly layered piece, thank you. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  23.  
    yee hop choi
    2006-01-05 19:50:27
     

    if this is the end of tiny words, it's a grand way
    to end it! if not, hopefully more poems of
    this caliber will appear.

    yee hop choi

  24.  
    Mixx
    2006-01-07 14:13:33
     

    This latest contribution to
    tinywords is a delight. But, isn't it time we all moved on? Missing a daily dose therefore must create vis-a-vis on my own:

    pale heavenly pond
    sometimes full yet often not
    visible above


    Best of 2006 to you all!

  25.  
    Keiko
    2006-01-07 20:20:06
     

    Mixx, thank you for speaking out, and dear editor, please move on to a new poem. I too look forward to reading other poets' work as soon as possible. Thank you.

  26.  
    bobby michael richardson
    2006-01-08 06:54:16
     

    first thoughts
    first winter

    watching the snow fall

  27.  
    2006-01-10 08:48:43
     

    Dear Keiko Izawa,

    I would love you to submit any new haiku to this literary pamphlet:

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    *********** OPEN TO ALL COUNTRIES ************

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    all my best,

    Alan

  28.  
    JB
    2006-01-11 00:04:48
     

    Nice. Very Nice.
    On my second read I pictured the child sticking (her) tongue out at the snow. Wishing for summer as she walks by the first sign of winter.

  29.  
    2006-01-11 08:14:37
     

    Where are the daily haiku?

  30.  
    2006-01-11 21:13:28
     

    Just came by to echo others' thoughts. I look forward to more poetry here.

    Mixx, your contribution was breathtakingly beautiful.

  31.  
    2006-01-14 06:30:32
     

    With no disrespect intended, Keiko's great SnoKu is as effervescent as it was when first read_!

    But... it has been snowing for a month now ; against my vagrant and glum thoughts... I, [as do we all, I expect] hope all is well with the site-boss.

  32.  
    2006-01-14 09:21:32
     

    Clothes tumbling dry,
    A fresh wind blowing
    On the window panes

  33.  
    Mixx
    2006-01-14 11:11:41
     

    poet G. Wilson
    many thanks for your comment
    made me quite happy

  34.  
    shirley weese
    2006-01-16 12:42:39
     

    wonderful haiku, thanks again, but please, don't let this one be the last!
    thanks to everyone for sending in their haiku, and giving me something to read almost daily.

  35.  
    Anne Schmidt
    2006-01-16 15:09:03
     

    Mixx, you go!! Bravo to comment in haiku. And to add my voice, it's time for new entries. Truly, I am worried about our editor; did his roof strike him down or perhaps the flu.

  36.  
    Ed Schwellenbach
    2006-01-16 18:08:37
     

    Dylan is alive and well. Check out his newest blog at http://chaosandcon.blogspot.com/

  37.  
    Ed Schwellenbach
    2006-01-16 18:30:42
     

    paper tiger
    the blue plastic roof roaring
    in the winter wind

  38.  
    Ed Schwellenbach
    2006-01-16 19:16:01
     

    oops wrong version

    paper tiger
    a blue plastic roof roars
    at the winter wind

  39.  
    Judith Ingram
    2006-01-17 12:28:19
     

    Ed, I like the first version best. Is that okay? Both of them, however, give the flavor of the moment.

    I too, am concerned about our editor. Every day, I turn to tinywords looking for a new poem. I hope he is not sick but off on vacation somewhere, having a WONDERFUL time !

  40.  
    Ed Schwellenbach
    2006-01-17 14:15:37
     

    Judith, thank you for your feedback.

    My first post above refers to our editor. His name is Dylan Tweney and he is well. See his blog at http://chaosandcon.blogspot.com/ He's been building(rebuilding) a house under some very trying circumstances.

    Perhaps, in the future, he would hire an assistant or find a volunteer to take over the running this wonderful site when he is unavailable.

  41.  
    levon machenry
    2006-01-17 15:10:03
     

    i agree with yee. if this is the end of tiny words
    it's ending with the best haiku posted in
    a long time.

    lifting th snowman's head
    into place...
    winter moonlight

  42.  
    Magyar
    2006-01-18 08:17:34
     

    shadows crawl
    in growing dust
    echos reflect

  43.  
    2006-01-20 06:10:34
     

    In the pages
    of unread calendars
    our haikus languish

  44.  
    Dudley de Souza
    2006-01-22 19:04:09
     

    Monsoon showers;
    The green bamboo
    politely bends.

  45.  
    Ed Schwellenbach
    2006-01-24 11:23:40
     

    ice coated basin---
    a wren faces east as if
    waiting for the sun

    I check back here every day as if tinywords might once again warm my spirit. Hey Dylan, lets get 'er done""!"

  46.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-01-24 19:13:11
     

    Hi tinywords readers,

    Is there no one who stays in the same town- city as Dylan?

    It looks like there is some serious trouble here. . . maybe we should try to talk to him or some thing?
    I stay too far away [ in India] to be of any use in this situation.

    He has been silent for a long time. . .
    -kala

  47.  
    Judith Ingram
    2006-01-24 23:19:02
     

    I agree, Kala. If we could just know what is going on????? I am so glad, however, that many continue to send their poems.
    I do wish that when people sign their names, they would also list where they come from. This, I believe, would give us a better insight as to where they are coming from in every sense of the word.
    Judith Ingram, Philadelphia, PA USA

  48.  
    kala ramesh
    2006-01-25 04:29:20
     

    yes Judith .... good idea.

  49.  
    bobby michael richardson
    2006-02-14 18:14:05
     

    first light
    outside my frosted window --
    mourning dove preens

  50.  
    2006-03-16 08:44:34
     

    Slow as youthful
    kisses, snow flakes
    drift earthward

  51.  
    b.m.r.
    2009-05-13 18:50:13
     

    humid spring --
    stripped down to plaid boxers
    even with midnight's cool breeze

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