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

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    • 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!

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      • 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!


    • 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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