Spring in the Heart

Shy Violets

Coming along the mountain path

Somehow it tugs my heart

Wild violet

(trans. Lesley Downer)

The mercury slunk down to – 12 Fahrenheit last night. Or thereabouts. At such low temperatures, what difference does it make? All is white, white, white outside. We are waiting until it “warms” above zero to venture outside to the supermarket.  The New Year has just begun, winter is scarcely a week old, and already I long for spring! So I solace myself with this reminder. Spring has come in the past, it will come again, and meanwhile, here is a lovely haiku about — it’s anybody’s guess what a haiku is about. It’s not a meaning. It’s a sensation, an emotion, a moment in time. For me, today — it’s hope for spring to come again!

(For the curious, who may have read about the strict required number of syllables in haiku — the number isn’t counted in English, guys! It’s counted in Japanese. Here is the original for you. Sound it out if you like, to to hear the haiku as it was conceived by  the great master, Basho. A violet is sumire.)

yamaji kite

nani yara yukashi


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22 Responses to Spring in the Heart

  1. just so – spring has returned before and will return again. You may not want to know that, here in Normandy, the daffodils are peeking out of the ground!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      My first thought was a quick No I don’t!
      But then I softened. Actually I can be quite happy knowing that somewhere the flowers are beginning again — and happier that it’s you who’s viewing them. Enjoy for me, Joss, and Happy New Year!


  2. Pauline says:

    When you remember that spring sets itself in motion in the fall, waiting through what remains of winter is not so hard. And I like your attitude toward Joss’ daffodils. It is good, indeed, to cherish the knowledge that somewhere flowers are blooming…


    • Touch2Touch says:

      “Spring sets itself in motion in the fall…”
      Very Japanese, when setting out a plant or a flower in the tokonoma alcove — it’s always ahead, predicting the coming season. So as we get well into February, I’ll switch the pine bonsai now at the entrance to cherry blossoms. That IS a cheerful thought.


  3. Beautiful post. Our Winter is very similar to yours. I like it, because I don’t have to shovel. I feel bad for all the people without power, though … all of Newfoundland!

    Only 74 days to Spring, I believe..


  4. It is so nasty cold here too, Judith. Here’a hoping for wild violets – soon! Keep the home fires burning and the scarves and mittens at the ready. Brrrrr…


  5. Jen Payne says:

    I love the overlap in this post – spring, flowers, poetry, Japan. These are a few of your favorite things?


  6. Patti Kuche says:

    How lovely that we can hibernate here in http://www.blogland and see sunny violets, thank you so much Judith! Keep warm and well!


  7. 2e0mca says:

    Wild Violets – my mother brought one home once and I have the joy of them every spring (along with the forget-me-nots) 🙂


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Oh yes! Ghastly as this winter is turning out, we’re close to February. And that means closer to the wild violets — which WILL come.
      But forget-me-nots? I’ve never had the pleasure, although I’ve seen them elsewhere, wearing their garments of heavenly blue. I hope you will see yours soon!


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