A Cool Prickle


a cool prickle

as summer rain hits my bare skin

the earth smells warm


These poems were written in response to Carpe Diem #768 tsuyu (rainy season), another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Bill Withers –

5 thoughts on “A Cool Prickle

    • I must admit I’ve been trying (and failing) to get the sense of smell into haiku more often – going waaay back to a prompt that you wrote at CDHK once. But I hadn’t realised that this has no visual at all, so thanks for pointing that out 😉

      • Ah! You remember! Yay! 😀
        It’s difficult to include scent … it really is. I’ve neglected scent a bit too much too.

      • Oh of course I remember – to quote Bruce Lee: “absorb what is useful” 😉

        Well, those haiku moments are supposed to be immediate, aren’t they – and it’s not often that smells are what strike us first about a scene. So, once the sights and sounds are ticked off there’s often no room in our 17 syllables. Still, it’s something to aim for, now and then, hey.

      • Exactly! Unless the scent is overwhelming or extremely powerful … we don’t think about it.

        “Absorb what is useful” — makes me smile 🙂

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