marsh lightning 
the tree's blossoms open 
into egrets 


—Martin Gottlieb Cohen
        

First published in The Heronís Nest
Volume VIII, Number 4: December, 2006.

About the author: Martin Cohen was born in the South Bronx somewhere on Simpson Street, went to a Yeshiva on East Broadway and Canal Street, and then lived in the South of Brooklyn, the South of Long Island, The Southern Tier of Upstate New York, The South of Manhattan, and finally South Jersey in Egg Harbor.

Martin's e-mail address: martin1223 at comcast dot net

Martin also has a weblog.

 

Responses to the haiku for 20 March 2007 by Martin Gottlieb Cohen

  1.  
    Alan Summers
    2007-03-20 04:34:54
     

    Well, I do love egrets, and marsh lightning makes me think of smugglers, so quite a combination! ;-)

    Here's a golden oldie:


    vee of a gumtree
    four egrets black against the sky

    Commended   The 1994 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition
    "the old moon and so on" pub. The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc. 1994 ISBN 0-473-02797-6

  2.  
    kala ramesh
    2007-03-20 09:53:19
     

    Hi Martin,

    Great images you've brought forth!
    Most rewarding trying to imagine the scene!

    - kala

  3.  
    2007-03-20 10:32:26
     

    Breathtaking.

  4.  
    Georgia
    2007-03-20 13:23:15
     

    gorgeous!

  5.  
    martin
    2007-03-20 13:43:33
     

    I saw this scene at work. .At first, the white blossoms on the trees stirred. Then, to my shock they began to open and white wings unfolded revealing the egrets. It was a WO moment for me. I had never seen anything like that before.

  6.  
    Judith Ingram
    2007-03-20 19:03:19
     

    Martin . . . what a lovely image! At first I thought it was imaginary until I read your explanation of the happening. I wish I had been thre to see it! Judith

  7.  
    2007-03-20 20:14:32
     

    harsh lightening
    the tree's apples ripen
    into regret

  8.  
    Aurora
    2007-03-21 05:17:54
     

    I love this one!

  9.  
    laryalee
    2007-03-22 15:16:33
     

    Hi Martin!
    This is quite amazing...
    I can see the moment clearly,
    and sense your awe...
    a memorable haiku!
    :-)
    Lary

  10.  
    d. f. tweney
    2007-03-22 21:19:11
     

    Martin, I like your explanation. I think you succeeded, with your haiku, in transmitting that "WHOA" moment to us. Thank you! A moment like that can keep me elated for days.

  11.  
    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2007-03-23 14:32:14
     

    twilight-
    firefly
    signals
    remembrance of my childhood

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