black grackles – white sky
on the equinox
a little snow
never hurt anyone –
come back, grackles!
Linked to Carpe Diem #690: Higan (Equinox). Haran no Higan is a seven-day celebration of spring; Shunbun no Hi is celebrated on the actual day of the equinox. On this day,
“To help their ancestors make the crossing, family members visit the cemetery to pray, weed graves, wash tombstones, light incense and leave flowers. According to tradition, food, in the form of ohagi or botamochi (sweet rice balls covered with red bean paste), is left to help nourish their ancestors journey to the next world.”
SUPPOSEDLY “higan” marks the end of the mixed-up weather of pre-spring – there is a folk saying in Japan:
Atsusa samusa mo Higan ma de
[“Heat and cold last until Higan”]
Issa has a great response to this:
“fair weather by Spring’s Equinox”
so they say …
I would agree – since Peeay is going to be hit with 4 inches of snow overnight.
BUT! Here are some other haiku about the equinox. The first is by Santoka Taneda:
walking on and on
among the endless
blooming higan flowers
And here is one by Bandit William Sorlien:
a lone crow
pensive on its perch
Plus, this is an Aki Higan (autumn equinox) haiku by Gabi Greve for the folks in the Southern Hemisphere:
autumn equinox –
the dead old relatives
visit my dream
And finally, here is a haiku from our host Chèvrefeuille:
celebrating the sun
with narcissus flowers in my hair –
What’s my big deal with grackles?
And before anyone calls these birds unfortunate, unkind names – I like them and have grown to accept them as a ritual of spring. And how often does a haiku roost in your yard? Exactly.