My response to the prompt:

sun and rain
warmth of season
recovery to health


pine cones
basking in the sun
new life plentiful


bobbing branches
songs from within
birds rejoicing


note by Saradunn
The past winter on the Downeast Coast of Maine

was especially difficult for all trees including pines…

recovery is seen in many

including the one that towers, tho less so,

over my house.



The prompt:

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I wasn’t aware that pines were a season word for summer,

because I only had the imagination that pines were more of winter,

but Jane Reichhold puts them here in summer.

We are exploring the modern kigo for summer

as gathered by Jane in her saijiki “A Dictionary of Haiku”

and these are a few examples of her haiku

on this modern summer kigo:

a tearing sound
a pine cone OPENS
to the heat

the pine shares its fragrance
mid-day shade

reaching for the sun
the great pine’s shadow
shapes the tree

the tea
in a pine needle cup

© Jane Reichhold

And of course I just had to share a few “pine”-haiku by Basho:

pine and cedar
to admire the wind
smell the sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

Or this beauty:

pine wind
needles falling on the water’s
cool sound

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

And than there is this wonderful haiku on pine by Issa:

new summer robes–
listening to the pine breeze
they emerge

© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David Lanoue)



Well …. a lot to handle,

but it was really a joy to create this post.

I hope it will inspire you to write an all new haiku. Ok … another haiku “hot off the press” (smiles):

seeking shelter
beneath the giant pine
midsummer rain

© Chèvrefeuille