Usually my images come from immediate experience, but contemplating ‘kiss’ and ‘taste’ for Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, I imagined a beach scene—a pleasant place to go on a winter’s evening after an hour of clearing snow.
My small collection of spring bulbs started blooming in early May. Now, barely a month later, only late bloomers remain. I wrote this haiku using the prompt words ‘flag’ and ‘fallen’ for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #99:
In response to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #98. Ronovan’s challenge is for anyone interested in writing haiku. To participate, include two prompt words or their synonyms in a haiku, and enjoy reading haiku creations of other participants. The prompt words for this week are: Rein & Quest. To learn more about the challenge and to read more haiku, please follow the link above.
Combine a severe drought in 2015, a mild dry winter, high winds, and a heat wave, and you have the ingredients for a wild fire. In fact, Alberta fire watchers had been on alert since early March. And then it happened. A massive forest and grass fire blew into Fort McMurray, a northern Canadian city.
At first I wondered if it was an oil rig fire, but no it was a ‘natural’ wildfire (though no one knows what or who fueled the first spark). Last Tuesday, May 3, evacuation of almost 90,000 people began.
There have been miracles. So far only two deaths have been reported and roughly 85% of the city was not destroyed. Yet this last statistic is of small consolation to those who lost everything. Wild fires are becoming more common as average world temperatures rise–destroying forests, shrubs, animals and sometimes, human communities. The Fort McMurray story is close to home.
Sparks rain and scatter,
In lightning time, all in flames,
Lives upturned in smoke.
Northern city flees
firebolts, searing hot smoke
cooled by gentle rain.
A change in weather has caused the fire threat in Fort McMurray to reduce considerably, but almost 200,000 hectares of fire is still raging.
My haiku are a second response to Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge #96: ‘lightning’ and ‘rain’. Seeing those sparks raining down in the video told me that the story could be told with the prompt words.
OK, I needed some comic relief after the sadness in my last post. And dragons have stayed on my mind since the previous prompt from Ronovan and Miss E. I also have a long lasting, very bad cold….and so art is created (just kidding). The prompt words for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge this week are ‘lightning’ and ‘rain’. I have a more serious offering coming up soon.
There is a close relationship between danger, fear, courage, and opportunity. I can’t say I’ve mastered the balance, but I ‘know’ there is a time to listen to fear signals and a time to proceed into danger with courage. I enjoy these quotes on the topic:
Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring.
∼ Richard Baxter, English clergyman, 1615-1691
When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
∼ John F. Kennedy
Thank you to Ronovan of RonovanWrites and his guest prompter, Miss E, for this week’s haiku challenge words: ‘dragon’ and ‘invite’.