douglas scotney

Silver Star - 3,821 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Laughs on the Poet

Down by the Paulownias,
August 6 or thereabouts,
Autumn first arrives.
The Japanese poet takes up his post.
People come and laugh-
It's still as hot as toast.

Spring arrives on February 4.
The Bunraku's where people laugh.
'Cough! Cough! Cough! ' goes puppeteer,
'Ah! Ah! Ah! ' goes crowd,
'The first three flowers of Spring, we hear! '

Each day, night begins
At the edge of my largest
White chrysanthemum,
And each night, day, at the edge
Of my largest black.

Submitted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Paulownia is a tree down by which the first breeze of autumn usually is picked up by the poet on August 6 or thereabouts.
There's bound to be a puppeteer with a cold on February 4. He is dressed in black and silent as a mouse as a rule. His cough brings his attention to the fact that no-one really believes it's the start of spring yet.
The largest chrysanthemum occupies the poet's attention at all times,
even when it's out of sight. No wonder he is the butt of jokes.

Comments about this poem (Laughs on the Poet by douglas scotney )

  • Freshman - 655 Points Paul Brookes (1/15/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful haiku in the middle People always laugh at what htey don't understand Great write.............................: O) (Report) Reply

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