Front Porch Spring

–A Haiku Dirt Road Sonnet

brown hills sprinkled with
white blooms of serviceberry
waiting for dogwoods

crappie huddle up
on old Christmas trees weighted
for this shallow cove

overnight pop of
greens finally hide the light
of next hill neighbor

fawns freeze in driveway
scattered Sweet William backdrop
of almost redbuds

whippoorwills will return as
if they never left


10 Responses to Front Porch Spring

  1. waiting for dogwoods


  2. Scot says:

    yeah Rodger one day you wake up and you see them scattered through the woods–when this takes place–it is magic.

  3. Bob says:

    Can’t be long now before the crappie find those pine boughs and spawn… this is beautiful, Scot, I felt like I was on that dirt road.

  4. Paul says:

    Brilliant. You have been working and working on this fusion of forms but not just for the forms sake, combining the haiku structure and sensibility with the traditional nature sonnet has made a new way of experiencing and communicating beauty. Such a rich and wonderful poem.

  5. jo says:

    You are on such a roll lately. This so places me right there, absolutely beautiful and Paul is right about the form.

  6. Scot says:

    that’s right–further south in Mississippi they are slaying them–this dirt road is in Ozark County right near Bull Shoals Liake

  7. Scot says:

    I like this form–it can be changed up at the end to 5/7–no real rules since it doesn’t really exist–have a Guinness–happy st. paddys

  8. Scot says:

    Thank you. 🙂

  9. Ali says:

    No it does exist. And you have mastered it. I could smell the dogwoods not yet in bloom. Still not breathing. Any suggestions?

  10. Scot says:

    thanks for the kind words. It is an easy form– (suggestions?)–just have to keep looking until you get the words right

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