Wednesday, December 28, 2005
The Seasons: Winter
O Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind ?"
---P.B. Shelley, Ode to West Wind
The gingko trees on the street lost all their leaves. The blankets of golden leaves no longer cover the ground; the storms blew them away. The bulbs that I planted in October are looking strong and healthy. Not too long before the blooms appear. The sweet peas are beginning to emerge. This is when they are most vulnerable to snails.
"The bottoms of my shoes
from walking in the rain."
---Jack Kerouac, 1964
"The desolation of winter
Passing through a small hamlet,
a dog barks."
---Shiki (translated by R.H. Blyth)
I love that Kerouac haiku, its so simple, not sure why it appeals to me so much. Just does. Thank you!