Thank you, all players, for such wonderful haiku this week. It’s obvious that the unexpected comes at us from places both beautiful and terrible. As expected, narrowing the entries down was difficult. This week, Nature seemed to provide many unexpected delights:
Blue-gray in sunlight —
so close — delights the elders!
Surprise heron preens.
I have seen those “surprise herons” on my walks along the Arkansas down here in Pueblo. Always a thrill. Czar continued the nature with with a head-scratcher about the recent weather, definitely true out here in Colorado:
Scorching May yields cool August.
No rhyme nor season.
Then, Becca gave us a little gem on brilliant wings. I don’t know about you, but when a butterfly crosses my path, I simply HAVE to stop and watch it. Everything else disappears:
a moment in time
fluttering of butterflies
Dan, of course, reminds us that Nature is not always sweetness and light–and that we’d better watch where we step:
Slinking through the weeds,
I stalk wary antelope
Ssssserpent rears its head.
Of course, our own lives often provide the most unexpected events, as evidenced fleurdeleo:
Some moonlight moonshine.
Kissing cousins’ truth or dare.
A shotgun wedding.
Planning our wedding
Can’t wait to live together
WHAT? Pregnant mistress?
And finally, Death, while not exactly unexpected, does often, if not always, take us by surprise. Karl and Rafael illustrate this brilliantly in totally different ways:
Which, Red one or blue one…BOOM!
You son of a Bitch!
Heart beats tried and true
Life sweeps out from under foot
Flutters, sputters… stops
All that bounty, and I have to choose only one. Each of the haiku above grabbed me in different ways, but there was one that really made me sit up and take notice, mostly because I actually did a double-take when I read it.
Therefore, this week’s Haiku Monday winner is…Dan! The image of a hunter on the prowl for an antelope being startled by a snake has stayed in my head. That’s the mark of a great haiku, in my book. I don’t have links to his page as they don’t seem to work, but hopefully he’ll see it here. Now the ball’s back in his court and I can’t wait to find out the next theme. Happy Haiku-ing!