Kat Lehmann (U.S.A.)

vernal equinox
the forest swallows
its mountain

Comment: a haiku with classic tones and a harmonizing, pleasant juxtaposition (torihayashi 取はやし). In the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal or spring equinox (shunbun 春分) falls on March 20-21, gradually bringing longer and sunnier days. Moreover, the trees grow new leaves and life explodes with all its energy after the winter break. As the author states in a note, her family lives at the edge of a forest; as long as the trees didn’t have any foliage, the protagonist could clearly see the mountains (yama 山), but now that everything is blooming her vision gets lost ‘in the web of leafy branches, as if the forest is swallowing the mountain’.

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