model home --
in the forsythia bush 
a single blossom

—Charles Trumbull

About the author: Charles Trumbull is an editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica and lives in Evanston, Illinois. He has been writing haiku since 1991. He was editor (1996-2002) of the Haiku Society of America Newsletter, president of the HSA in 2004 and 2005, and an organizer of the Haiku North America 1999 conference. He is currently editor of Modern Haiku and proprietor of Deep North Press, a publisher of haiku books.

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Responses to the haiku for 13 May 2008 by Charles Trumbull

    Bill Kenney
    2008-05-13 07:36:19

    A richly suggestive image.

    Helen Buckingham
    2008-05-13 08:35:16

    Very poignant.

    2008-05-13 13:21:30

    Hi, it is very beautifully!

    and that spring gone
    again roses bloomed
    but I didn't broke any.

    toby evans
    2008-05-13 13:29:54

    nice effort mr. trumbull

    the electrician
    flips a switch...


    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-05-13 13:35:58

    charles, enjoyed reading; albeit "model"(miniature, my read) nearly did you in, or was that your intent.
    my thoughts, "greater appreciation if (house) was described.(duplex, ranch, tudor, brick, burnt down, abandoned, and/or etc.)

    Alan Summers
    2008-05-13 13:36:18

    I read this two ways: both as the ideal home for a person, and as a modeler's creation of a home, and so a single blossom would be enough to recreate a whole bush.

    I'm sure it wasn't intended, but I love the way haiku is open even for the craziest of ideas! ;-)

    bill branch
    2008-05-13 14:20:18

    "models" are idealized versions of the
    "real thing." even the forsythia is idealized in charlie's piece. great that
    this piece works in different ways for different people. charlie, you've made the
    static model into an architectural chameleon.
    good stuff man.

    travel brochure
    not a single beggar
    on the streets of Nogales

    jen c
    2008-05-13 16:02:52

    My read is that the "model" is a perfectly manicured version of a home one can tour before buying into a subdivision or condo. Here the only problem is that nature does what it wants, however imperfect. Nice work!

    2008-05-13 17:12:31

    sterile model home
    one yellow flower signals
    hope for a future

    Brian Gierat
    2008-05-13 18:16:33

    Yeah, good 'ol Charlie does it again!!!

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-05-13 18:59:44

    of all the definitions relating to "ideal", they tend to embrace that which is unreal. there are model homes in varying degrees to all others.
    having done some construction work in my younger days, i was constantly confronted with the imperfections one can only see up close and personal.
    bill, (idealized) and the (real thing), i find difficult to grasp in the same thought...

    Magyar (magyar0109 at aol dot com)
    2008-05-13 19:59:02

    In my skewed view... each forsythia's paradigm might be: "to be overfilled with golden spring blossoms." Here, one bush fails to match that -metaphoric- model. Powerful. _m

    b. m. richardson
    2008-05-14 05:07:25

    alan, you've got me laughing, here. i'd say, too, the haiku and i were made for each other(haiku open for the craziest of ideas). jen, there's perfection (in) imperfection, and imperfection (in) perfection, as strange as that may sound; recall that first termite. penelope, sterility (hope for the future) should i begin to worry.

    perfect day-
    child's laugther
    even with the rain

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at gmail dot com)
    2008-05-14 09:37:05

    A single blossom?
    This is not realy...
    It's the sun itself

    lee nelson
    2008-05-14 15:53:54

    stray fawns...
    bordering the subdivision
    perfect rows of corn

    that's how it is in southwest minnesota.

    Charles Trumbull
    2008-05-15 22:16:17

    Some people apparently did not understand my usage of the term "model home." Developers opening a new subdivision often fix up one house to look as though it were being lived in by real people (!) and use this as a demonstration for potential buyers; this is called a "model home." I did not intend it to mean "the ideal home for a person" or a miniature house." Nice to see so many responses!

    b. m. richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2008-05-16 18:01:29

    charles, true, builders use the term "model home" as you suggest.
    to shorten my response, i make mention, how many builders are fans of the haiku, where everything is open to interpretation.
    nice of you to explain...

    this dove's nest
    sways in the breeze--

    Vasile Moldovan
    2009-01-12 05:59:36

    the only child...
    this flower of