Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First I have to rectify something. I have written the name of Southard wrong. The right way to write his name is O. Mabson Southard (instead of Mabson O. Southard), so my apologies for that. Today our first Special by Southard is on.
Maybe you know the famous haiku by Basho about the "old frog pond":
an old pond
frog jumps in -
the sound of water
I think that evry haiku poet has written at least one haiku about frogs or a frog pond. I myself have written (at least one) haiku about frogs:
the sound of rain far away
thunder and lightning
among the lilies' dark pads -
the twinkle of stars
As you all know the goal for the Specials is to write a haiku in the same tone, sense and spirit as the one given. This month we have another challenge in the Specials. Southard wrote all his haiku in the classical 5-7-5 structure, so the inspired haiku has to follow that 5-7-5 syllable structure. Not an easy task I think. For sure to me it will not be easy, because I write my haiku without that structure. Well ... I am looking forward to your inspired haiku. Have fun ...