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Heeding Haiku With HA: Dreaming in Gold

Maxfield Parrish.  The Young King of the Black Isles, 1906.

Maxfield Parrish. The Young King of the Black Isles, 1906.

Hello everyone!  This is Paloma, substituting for HA at Heeding Haiku with HA.

While walking this evening I was amazed by the sudden burst of buds and blooms in the trees. Everywhere – bits of pink and purple and lime green! Is it safe to say that spring — spring! — might  finally be here? And yet – amid the blooming and the budding – some trees are clinging to last autumn’s leaves as if they are clinging to old memories.

There’s something both joyful AND sad in the changing of the seasons.

So for today’s inspiration, I leave you with artwork and with two songs by Enya – from her album entitled “The Memory of Trees”.

And – in case you can’t open the video(s), here are the lyrics:

(Once You Had Gold)

Now you can see
Spring becomes autumn,
Leaves become gold
Falling from view.
Ever and always.
Always and ever.
No-one can promise a dream come true,
Time gave both darkness and
dreams to you.

trees 1

(La Sonadora)

I; the autumn
I; the evening star
I have been an echo

I shall be a wave
I shall be the moon
I have been everything, I am myself

I; the summer
I; the ebony
I am the dreamer

Notice that Enya’s album cover is based on a painting by Maxfield Parrish.

Enya vs Parrish (Wikimedia)

Some people discourage “personifying” nature within haiku – but – this time – let’s say it’s “okay” to bend the rules a bit.  How do *you* interpret this change in the seasons?  What do trees dream?

Hopefully these songs will provide inspiration for our friends in both the Northern AND Southern hemispheres.

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26 comments on “Heeding Haiku With HA: Dreaming in Gold

  1. Bastet
    April 8, 2015

    Thanks Paloma for such an interesting post … something to reflect upon as we contemplate spring being born and the death of winter … great prompt!

    • Jen
      April 8, 2015

      Thanks Bastet 🙂

    • Bastet
      April 8, 2015

      Oh and that is a very interesting painting you used. I’ve seen it often on Enya’s CD cover and never realized that it was a tribute to the painting by Maxfield Parrish!

      • Jen
        April 8, 2015

        I didn’t either — not till tonight! It was a giant “a-ha!” moment 😀

      • Bastet
        April 8, 2015

        Way cool … however did you hook onto this … don’t tell me it was written in the YouTube intro ….

      • Jen
        April 8, 2015

        WELL. I wanted to use Maxfield Parrish. And I’d been thinking about the trees. And in looking through the Parrish paintings I stumbled across this one. And — bammo! — there was that a-ha moment: “Isn’t that and Enya cover?” And yup. It was. Weird, huh?

      • Bastet
        April 8, 2015

        Gosh, if one believed in magic … this is a cool story!

      • Jen
        April 8, 2015

        Sort of fell into place, didn’t it?

      • Bastet
        April 9, 2015

        Yep … I’m really enchanted!

  2. mindlovemisery
    April 8, 2015

    Beautiful prompt Paloma I own this album =)

    • Jen
      April 8, 2015

      Oh good – I’m so glad you like it!

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  5. CC Champagne
    April 8, 2015

    Great prompt! Managed to burst through my fever and illness with some inspiration! Thank you!

    • Jen
      April 8, 2015

      You’re very welcome 🙂 — and — as they say here — “ya done good”.

      But – oh dear — I didn’t know you’ve been ill. Here’s hoping you’re 100% again soon!

      • CC Champagne
        April 8, 2015

        Just a stupid cold (unfortunately it struck me on the one week this spring where I really have to be on form, though), so it’ll be gone soon… Still hate it, though! Thank you!

      • Jen
        April 8, 2015

        Oh, that’s a shame … and isn’t it the way it *always* works out too? Yeesh. But tomorrow will be better 🙂

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  8. Rall
    April 8, 2015

    Thank you for mentioning Autumn for the Southern hemisphere folks.

    • Jen
      April 8, 2015

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      I was talking about the seasonal differences with another writer of haiku not long ago (also from Australia) and vowed to keep you all in mind next time


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  10. Dom DiFrancesco
    April 8, 2015

    Wonderful prompt Paloma, I really enjoyed writing these…thanks. 🙂

    • Jen
      April 8, 2015

      That’s awesome — I’m so glad to hear it! Off to read yours now 🙂

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