What a magnificent image Lorin! "Shiver" perfectly matches the shape of these beautiful trees, while evoking so much mystery. And you also capture how Australian gumtree forests cycle through death and rebirth via bushfires, in that stark opening reference to the black stump. Really wonderful haiku.
Recently I was inspired by my own encounter with these trees while driving:
Beautiful, Lorin. And a subtle use of metaphor that illuminates, so brightly, these few words. You've packed life and death, loss and hope, past and present in there. Great haiku to show apprentices to illustrate what can be achieved.