Five Haiku: Spring Firsts

Spring’s first bitterness—
the church on top of the hill
is consumed by fire.
First small joy of spring—
at the bike store a young boy
gets a bargain price.
First Sunday of spring—
a worn, but polished, church bell
rings out loud and clear.
Spring’s first disaster—
the smoke-drenched walls of the bar
tell a fiery tale.
Spring’s first conundrum—
stand below the fire station,
tell me what you see.

Haiku © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #258
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Posted on March 22, 2020, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poets & Storytellers United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Spring is more meaningful than usual today. Nicely done.

  2. Spring – the season of new beginnings. And so, a very appropriate way to welcome it in.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      It must be difficult to read spring haiku when autumn is just beginning in your part of the world! 😉

      On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 4:32 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


      • Thanks for the kind thought. 🙂 But no, not really, as our seasons are so different and also because I live in a sub-tropical part of the country. The autumns in this region are so warm that plants often get fooled and start blooming awhile as if it were Spring. And our winters here are not so cold that I dread them. Also nearly all our native trees are evergreens, so we don’t get that horrible dead, bleak look of bare branches etc.

  3. Spent a big chunk of yesterday thumbing through an old (print0 journal I’d been keeping, looking for loose drafts I might add to the (computer’s) Works-In-Progress file & found, among several other things, about a half-dozen April/Spring haiku. Maybe I’ll work on them for posting during National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). Do you participate? I’m pretty on again, off again, but since I’ll apparently have plenty of time this year… It’s work, but it’s fun work here’s the site:

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Thanks for that link, Ron. I had forgotten all about NaPoWriMo! May your “social distancing” (what a weird term!) and self-isolation prove fruitful to your poetic endeavors!

      On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 5:23 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  4. Different sweet – bitter hues of spring…………….

  5. I think a lot of folks are feeling the strangeness of this spring, and how despite the nicer weather, there’s still the feeling of being in survival mode.

  6. Social isolation and Spring don’t go together. It’s a sort of Breugel Spring feeling. We are having a Heronymous Bosch Autumn. It feels strange too.

  7. Perhaps Spring is trying to infuse hope amidst the current chaos that’s surrounding us all. I especially love; “First Sunday of spring—a worn, but polished, church bell rings out loud and clear.” 💝

  8. Two fires is a lot for one springtime. I am happy for the boy. Happiness is definitely a new bike.

  9. I shall take the smile (I imagine on the face of the boy) with me. I will remember the others–ignoring life helps no one–but I will take the good and keep it close to my heart. Keeping the good close always helps me deal with the bad.

  10. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #6: MMT’s latest haiku #sequence “Spring Firsts!”

  11. Beverly Crawford

    Let us hope Spring offers glimmers of hope as we trudge through this chaos.


    Your words ring out true, and I never know what will happen next!

  13. One of the thrill of my childhood was to be close to the fire station when the fire trucks on call surged out the doors sirens wailing and bells ringing! .

  14. Susie Clevenger

    Spring has pressed us into questions. I do take time to appreciate its beauty in the chaos.

  15. Spring’s got situations of difficulty and alcohol fire

  16. I love reading and writing haiku … yours are epic. Stay healthy.

  17. Nice thoughts, ready for Spring, Spring brings expectancy. But for the good sides, we know some bad will come. Used to be Spring Tornados in the Midwest. Now they can come any time. And we had no freezes for the last two years. Hmnm???

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