#Haikai Challenge #23 (3/3/18): first spring gust (haru ichiban) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #renga #haiga

Early January 2018 Nor'easter 2018-01-04 1345Z

By The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (https://cdn.star.nesdis.noaa.gov) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Welcome back, haijin! Many of you risked whiplash contemplating this Spring-winter-spring season we’re experiencing, especially in the Northeastern US. Here’s who shared:

Haikai Challenge Participants 

1. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
2. Jane Dougherty
3. KanzenToni
4. KanzenToni
5. Victoria Slotto
6. Reena Saxena
7. Jane Dougherty
8. Jules
9. Merril D. Smith
10. Vivian Zems
11. Xenia Tran
12. Xenia Tran (2)
13. Revived Writer
14. Linda Lee Lyberg
15. Janice (Ontheland)
16. Merril D. Smith

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And now to this week’s challenge!

A Nor’easter ripped through the East Coast of the United States on Friday, March 2nd. I have commuted across the Hudson River in New York State for twenty years. I feared for my safety only once–Friday the 2nd. Two tractor-trailers lay jacknifed on the bridge, causing almost two hours in delays. My community lost power early in that morning. The power utility restored it about four o’clock this morning.

So how did we spend our Friday evening in the dark? Like this:




It’s only fitting, then, that this week’s Kigo is first spring gust (haru ichiban). What better euphemism could there be for a storm that has left thousands without power a mere nineteen days from the spring equinox?

Write the haikai poem of your choice that references or alludes to the first spring gust (haru ichiban) or the Nor’easter directly, if you prefer.


As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.



Stay empowered, haijin. And may your light not flicker out “like a candle in the wind!



23 replies »

  1. I am only first with debouch because I wrote it this morning.
    Another case of great minds in tune? Good to know Frank, that you have your power back. I didn’t loose mine. But there was news of a tractor-trailer on one of our local roads that got blown over. Stay warm and safe!

    I have a few limbs to pick up. But as it hasn’t gotten much above 45 F. – I only ventured out to put more seeds in the bird feeder (while the wind had seemed to stop). Trees are blowing once again in the later afternoon… only 12 -25 mph instead of 60 mph!

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  2. March still roars… looking forward to some ‘mews’…
    While stuffed with other prompts – the piece fits here too. “Windmageddon” (on line weather news term) may not be over quite yet.
    More strong winds expected mid-March.

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