Per Diem: Daily Haiku for July features guest-editor Linda Weir’s collection on the theme of Herpetofauna. This is what Linda offers by way of an introduction to her theme:
The English Oxford Living Dictionary 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.