rugged hillside
the shape of the sapling
still in the tree

7 Responses

  1. Sheila Sondik Says:

    Very evocative. I'm saving this haiku in my notebook of favorite poems to revisit.

  2. Leanne Mumford Says:

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment, Sheila. It's nice to hear from you and I'm very happy you found something to like in my poem.

  3. Pravat Says:

    The haiku embodies depth and mystery (yugen), contained space (ma), becomingness (kokora), lightness (karumi) and creativeness (zoko) in its manifestation.

    the tree—
    spreads its branches
    without noise

    Pravat Kumar Padhy
    Publication Credit: Simply Haiku, Winter 2011, Vol 8, No. 3

    rows of trees
    along stretched seashore
    remain speechless
    perhaps the oceanic vastness
    interacting in deep silence

    Pravat Kumar Padhy
    Publication Credit: Simply Haiku, Summer 2012, Vol.10 No.1

  4. Leanne Mumford Says:

    Pravat, thank you for your very encouraging comments, and for sharing your two poems in response.

  5. Magyar Says:

    Leanne, such a grand thought!
    __ The young that form, remains in age. Some will think this (sort of) tanka is crude, but 'tis spring and it happens; an instant echo. Smiles_! _m

    the young
    joins to then the now
    pollen breeze
    the splatters on this screen
    a handkerchief

  6. Leanne Mumford Says:

    Magyar, thank you for taking time to comment. I appreciate your positive feedback. I think haiku and tanka have room for many kinds of images and ideas, more than just the pretty ones.

  7. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    Kind of like the child that remains in all of us. Love it, Leanne!


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