Per Diem Archive: L. Weir July 2018, Herpetofauna
Per Diem Archive: Linda Weir, July 2018, Herpetofauna
The English Oxford Living Dictionary online defines herpetofauna as the reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. It further explains the origin as from the Greek word herpeton or ‘creeping thing.’ This haiku collection celebrates these creeping things and features poems about reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and such) and amphibians (frogs, toads, and salamanders). While these animals are often overlooked as mere creeping things, haiku poets since the beginning of this art have written about these creatures. Herpetofauna feature in one of the most famous of all haiku, Basho’s:
The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
(translator R.H. Blyth)
In this Per Diem series, I hope readers will enjoy this collection of modern day haiku featuring amphibians and reptiles. And I hope it will inspire more poets to appreciate and write about these special creeping things that share the world with us.