March Madness: Haibun

Small white crocuses push through the soil, seeking the light. Soon, they’re covered in snow. Here, now, this bipolar month swings between seasons, sometimes in a day. But March gusts will turn to gentle April breezes. Soft showers will carry the scent of flowers, and the trill of birdsong will float through windows opened to the light. I see the beauty of the snow-dusted trees, but I long for spring.

Another year turns,

tender greens peep through soft white–

dreams roll in on clouds





This is for my March Madness prompt on dVerse.

I’m also linking  this to Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge on light snow.





67 thoughts on “March Madness: Haibun

  1. Lovely haibun, rife with longing and hope, and I adore your haiku. Here in Pac NW, Spring is peeking out of everything; freezing at night, sunny all day; what bliss.

  2. The cycle continues… even with the snow the early flowers don’t see to mind….they will continue to bloom when the sun comes back out. Very nice… loved the Haiku!

  3. I love how you portray the transformation of the season and this particular “bipolar” phase of it. The haiku is plain delightful — the dreams rolling in on clouds made me smile. 🙂

  4. As beautiful as snow-covered trees are, I am totally done with this whole scene.
    Bring on the crocus! ‘course, I won’t be seeing any for at the very least another month. Sigh.

  5. When I was a teenager in upstate New York, I once stood in front of our living room window and watched the snow fall. It was May. 😉
    I love the photos, especially the ones you’ve been sharing of flowers poking through, testing the temps (Is it safe to come outside?) It makes me think of how vegetation will rebound after a natural disaster like a wildfire or hurricane. This winter has definitely been a natural disaster for everyone north of me. I count my blessings …

    • Thank you, Marie. Snow in May–shudder! (Though I remember once someone in grad school telling me about snow in June–I think he was from mountains in Colorado.) Yes, winter has not been so terrible here this year–we’ve had worse, for sure. And it’s funny that you mention that about vegetation because last night we were watching the show, The Expanse, and a botanist named a ship Pinus Contorta–a pine tree that gets reborn only because the trees burn and release the seeds.

      • We’ve had worse, but this winter still ranks as pretty bad, at least in terms of extremes. I haven’t heard of The Expanse. Hopefully it’s on Netflix. We recently signed up for Acorn TV which is OK. We watched a three-part series with Martin Clune traveling around the islands which surround Australia. Lots of eye candy: the islands are quite beautiful and critters are interesting, like the Tasmanian Devil 🙂

      • Ah, we used to have Amazon Prime. Acorn is okay. It doesn’t have commercials like Hulu, but we haven’t watching TV much lately. I have a movie queue almost as long as my books-to-be-read list 😉

      • Yes, my movie and show queue is also long (and books too). 🙂 I just keep adding things to Netflix, but Amazon Prime has had some really good shows lately. We don’t have Hulu.

  6. Pingback: #Haikai Challenge #76 (3/9/19): whitebait (shirauo) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga – Frank J. Tassone

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