the bee still comes
to the fallen


9 Responses

  1. Alan Summers Says:

    Enjoyed this one!

    wild peppermint
    a dock leaf shadow
    clings to the bee

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: The Basho Museum Memorial Anthology (2001)
    Award credit: Commended, The Basho Museum Memorial Anthology, Ueno, Japan 2001


  2. Emyjay Says:

    A lovely response. Thank you.

  3. @MerrillGonzales Says:

    his last words
    full of sweetness

  4. Emyjay Says:

    I liked this very much. Especially poignant as a response.

  5. Lisa Brown Says:

    This haiku seemed to have a spiritual quality to me, in that "bee still" reminded me of " Be still and know that I am God…"
    and we as "the fallen"…anyway, I liked the overall sense of grace.

  6. Matt Says:

    That one went right in. Very nice

  7. @michaelpaone Says:


  8. Kath Abela Wislon Says:

    Thanks so much for all your beautiful responses here… thanks to tinywords… and to each of the sensitive interpretations… the poem came from the experience of seeing the jacarandas fallen on the path at Caltech…… and the bee (s) still coming and sipping them. I as astonished, as I had never seen or thought of this…but of course, just fallen the sweetness has not dried up, I love Merrill's "his last words…" answer… yes that overtone is there, and the answer so resonant. Thank you Alan, I "love the "wild peppermint" as echo, shadow response…thank you Lisa… for "the sense of grace" you felt in it. Thank Matt… for slipping the jacarandas into your pond… I'm happy the haiku resonates because the original experience … so unforgettable.

  9. Parmelia Says:

    That’s a shrewd answer to a tricky queoitsn

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