Haiku of the Day for February 2023 features Guest Editor Jacob Salzer’s collection on the theme of trees. This is what Jacob has to say by way of introduction to this theme:
Trees store carbon, provide oxygen, and are the homes for birds and things we cannot see. In cities, their cool shade helps regulate warm city temperatures. As a result, trees save big cities millions of dollars each year by reducing costs for public health; they manage stormwater, naturally filter city water (instead of using large, expensive man-made water filters), improve air quality, lower electricity costs through energy savings, and they also prevent soil erosion. In Indigenous cultures, trees are sometimes called the one-leggeds; they are seen as part of a larger family. I chose tree-related haiku to honor these spiritual giants and the haiku poets who noticed them.
—Jacob D. Salzer