For #TankaTuesday, it’s #Share Your Day. My neighbor’s sunflowers caught my attention, but before I could grab a photo, they’d cut them down. The tall stalks wilted against the heat of the Michigan summer.
I chose the kigo season word: sunflower (himawari, late summer).
This is a flower that blooms where I live in Michigan in the late summer. Depending on where you live, you most likely have different flowers that bloom in late summer. Just the mention of the name reminds you of the season. Chrysanthemums is another fall blooming flower. There are several.
Where I used to live in Arizona, it was a scorching desert! Yet, the cactus bloomed in spring. So, cactus blooms/flowers/buds, etc. set the season in haiku. Look for ways to describe the seasons where you live.
In my haiku, the sunflower stands for the season of late summer.
The Japanese season words (kigo) are a guide. The key here is the word season. Season words are a poetic device. Plus, seasonal words give us unexpected glimpses into how we view the world around us. That is why we write haiku. Season words are essential for clarity and concision in haiku. You should adapt season words that share your view of the world. Different seasons illustrate different kinds of energy. Use that to your advantage. It’s the a’ha moment that makes your haiku sing. Haiku should share a singular experience or event. Write haiku that brings your world alive for us! (paraphrased from Haiku: A Poet’s Guide, by Lee Gurga)
dewy sunflower ripe seeds scatter in the wind squirrel's morning feast © Colleen M. Chesebro
You can adapt the following list of season words to where you live. Think of the seasons where you live… make your own list. 🌻