Welcome to re:Virals, The Haiku Foundation’s weekly poem commentary feature on some of the finest haiku ever written in English. This week’s poem was
Final de agosto. A un tiempo: sol de ocaso y naciente luna llena. The end of august. At the same time: sunset sun and rising full moon. — Ana López Navajas Moon in the River: International haiku contest of the University of Law of Albacete, Dec. 2016
Alan Summers sums up summers:
Is this all about the end of an actual summer, or a little of both literal and symbolic? Of course early in our youth we might be, as I was, stunned that the sun and moon can appear in the sky at the same time. But in life many things can occur at the same time, such as love and hate, life and death, peace and war, and relationships that end physically but not emotionally.
The end of august might be the end of a summer romance or adventure, and the next month is back to business as a supposedly normal and sensible, and responsible, person. Bring back august!
As this week’s winner, Alan gets to choose next week’s poem, which you’ll find below. We invite you to write a commentary to it. It may be as long or short, academic or spontaneous, serious or silly, public or personal as you like. We will select out-takes from the best of these. And the very best will be reproduced in its entirety and take its place as part of the THF Archives. Best of all, the winning commentator gets to choose the next poem for commentary.
Anyone can participate. A new poem will appear each Friday morning. Simply put your commentary in the Contact box by the following Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone). Please use the subject header “re:Virals” so we know what we’re looking at. We look forward to seeing some of your favorite poems — and finding out why!
early dark the cathedral visible only as windows — Karen Hoy Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press, 2011)