Welcome to re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was
winter sky the stop code of a crow — Cherie Hunter Day, sting medicine (2016)
Radhamani Sarma decodes:
Delighted to comment upon the haiku by Cherie Hunter Day that was chosen by Alan Summers.
Currently living in California, Cherie Hunter Day is widely published and just as any other haiku writer of rich potential, her flow in this piece stems from profound observation dipped in an effective image drawn from nature. A single-lined haiku highlighting the action/suspension of flight of a crow in the winter sky, giving a wider scope and room for readers to ruminate and complete.
All the five elements of Nature: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Sky (the supreme creations of The Creator) undergo seasonal shifts and changes influencing humans, flora and fauna. The question arises: Why winter sky, and why not summer sky? Obviously, thick fog obstructing the visibility of birds in general. Or snowy clouds. Or even the sudden eruption of thunder in a cloudy sky.
As this week’s winner, Radhamani gets to choose next week’s poem, which you’ll find below. We invite you to write a commentary to it. It may be as long or short, academic or spontaneous, serious or silly, public or personal as you like. We will select out-takes from the best of these. And the very best will be reproduced in its entirety and take its place as part of the THF Archives. Best of all, the winning commentator gets to choose the next poem for commentary.
Anyone can participate. A new poem will appear each Friday morning. Simply put your commentary in the Contact box by the following Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone). Please use the subject header “re:Virals” so we know what we’re looking at. We look forward to seeing some of your favorite poems — and finding out why!
scattered beer cans deer shoot across a lonesome gravel road —James Babbs, Haikuniverse November 6th (2018)