Today, April 17th, is National Haiku Poetry Day. According National Day Calendar (NDC) to this holiday was registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012.
The aforementioned reference explains that "Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and normally consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5."
In honor of this occasion, I'm posting a haiku about the flower type known as Muscari, which I have growing in a container (that is also a home home to my Sweet Autumn Clematis*) in the southeast corner of my garden.
Flowers of the Muscari are often called grape hyacinths and mine can be seen in the photograph atop this entry. The haiku (in the screenshot below) based on these flowers is by Eleanor Patrick:
As for this holiday, NDC states that "Haiku poems are usually inspired by an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty or an individual experience or event. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling or image." They go on to suggest that one should celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day "by creating a haiku poem."
I have only written one haiku in my life which is when I was in high school and it went like this:
Students shout, "PEACE."
Obviously haiku writing is not my strength. Therefore, since growing flowers, as well as photographing them, is more in line with my skill sets, I'll let Eleanor Patrick's haiku suffice as a way of honoring this holiday; but I will leave you with a few more images of my Muscari.
*The Sweet Autumn Clematis (that shares a home with these flowers but is not featured in these pictures) is included in volume two of my book series, Words In Our Beak.
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