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Saturday, December 6, 2008

deep autumn i watch the hawk disappear

w. f. owen


Greg Schwartz said...

great poem -- the hawk and autumn both disappearing as winter comes. very strong image.

w. f. owen said...

thank you greg, i appreciate it.


upinVermont said...

It's winter up here. Still autumn down there?

The close linkage (and the conventional imagery) is a little too close for my tastes - in *this* one.

The idea is appealing though.

w. f. owen said...

Yes, still autumn here, Patrick.
Also, still autumn in the sajiki.


josh said...

Thank you for reminding me of:

Searching on the wind,
the hawk's cry...
is the shape of its beak.

--jw hackett

Isn't 'hawk' a traditionally winter kigo?

Aloha, Bill.

w. f. owen said...

hi again josh,

you know, you are right about "hawk" being a winter
kigo or season term. when i posted a comment earlier
about today being still autumn in the saijiki, that is
correct. wouldn't you know it that i'd be
posting a hawk poem now--still autumn. of course,
this brings up that whole "debate" about regions in
regards to the traditional saijiki. i think in most places of north America autumn still seems
reasonable, though, as an earlier comment noted,
extreme northern locations "feels like" winter.

i lived in Hawaii ten years. if i were there still,
now, i could write haiku about flowers and
be "accurate."

interesting comment, thanks.


ps: i see hawks here year around.

josh said...

Well, since we're writing "haiku", isn't it best if we just write what we experience anyway?

Enjoying your regular glimpses of the delta region.

We have a very special hawk (flowers too) here year-round.

lull in the trades a hawk cocks its head

w. f. owen said...

exactly josh, write what we experience.
well said. thanks for the poem, too.


upinVermont said...

//as an earlier comment noted,
extreme northern locations "feels like" winter.//

Hey Bill,

I laughed when I read your
"feels like" and "extreme north" comments. I guess the palm trees down in CA haven't even turned color yet.

I guess down there, in the "extreme south", it still "feels like" autumn. ;-)

It snowed three weeks ago and that snow's not gone. Didn't get 'bove 1 Degree Fahrenheit all day, ayuh. It's a cold'n and it's wintuh up heyuh in Vermont.It's not any "feel" 'bout it.