General Poetry posted June 9, 2021

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5/7/5 Late Summer Haiku

Rain Sinks In Soil

by Gypsy Blue Rose

rain sinks in soil

till creek meanders to sea —

cicadas emerge



This spring in the eastern United States, love is in the air where billions of cicadas emerged after 17 years. The insects are part of a group called Brood X These cicadas have been subterranean, tunneling and feeding beneath the soil. When they are back above ground, finding a mate is a top priority. They are a noisy bunch.

KIGO cicada is the season word for late summer

HAIKU is a Japanese short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition. FORM: In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables or less, as brief as possible.

The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash to pause for introspection, usually at end of the second line.

source of 5/7/5 syllables rule ***
source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America ***

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