Again Alan Summers preempts and summarizes my own thoughts!
Here on Tinywords, Polona again demonstrates she is the absolute maestro of the one-line ku.
And as always her verse repays some research and reflection:
Forsythia is a variety of olive. According to Wikipedia:
"Forsythia suspensa is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbology"
and my medical interest is piqued to find how it is used as a form of complementary medicine.
"Forsythia is used for swelling of small air passages in the lung (bronchiolitis), tonsillitis, sore throat, fever, vomiting, heart disease … pain and swelling (inflammation), and a severe skin rash with fever and vomiting caused by a bacterium (erysipelas).
I am enough of a skeptic to suspect that these sorts of therapeutic claims cannot be verified. So could this be an example of the sort of "lies I believe in" that Polona is referring to?
I then wonder about the play on the word "lies", and am encouraged to think the horizontal construction of the work could be a visual representation of the assumed posture of the poet – perhaps unwell, lying in bed, thinking about what may give her relief.
The final image is transformative – the forsythia buds conjure spring and hope. Regardless of the herbal properties of the forsythia bud, there is healing in the haiku properties she has mixed together.