I Shall Emerge!

Crocussen in bloom, Amsterdam

Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), Japanese poet and haiku pioneer writes:

初雷や ふるふが如き 雛の壇

Hatsu-rai ya/ Furuu ga gotoki/ Hina no dan

The first thunder

Is likely to shake

The tiered doll stand.


I feel that way about spring. As the heads of the first crocuses crown on my street I want to let out a guttural shriek, a battlecry, that says, “I am not done, yet!”