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
spring evening I play with the last kitten to be given away — Chuck Brickley, Earthshine (2017)
Radhamani Sarma ponders the end:
Privileged to comment upon the haiku of Chuck Brickley, a noted American haiku writer, whose widely published works have received universal acclaim. As most haiku lovers, his writing is often about getting to know more about Nature’s wondrous glory and beauty.
The first line “spring evening” highlights both the season preferred by all of us and the time.
A close reading of the second line, “I play with the last kitten”, leads us to much speculation. Again we ponder why is it the “last” kitten? As evening falls into night slowly, the cute kitten searches for its abode of rest, or tries to join its clan.
The third line “to be given away” focuses upon the parting or departure. Metaphorically also the haiku implies, as seasonal shifts are imperative, the fun and farewell we have to accept. Could the poet be referring to his own self, getting ready for the final call?
As this week’s winner, Radhamani 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.
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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!
ladybugs the stained glass window comes alive — Barabara Tate, Failed Haiku 4:39 (2019)