Early off

Winter has never been my season. In the order of Like, it’s springsummerfall, any weather, winter. The cold requires too many layers of cloth, natural and now man-made, both Western and Oriental (think: hara-maki).For males, mostly, there is the additional protection of facial hair. A full beard does add necessary and efficient protection against lower temperatures. (We can also store morsels there for snacks later.) But, alas, it does itch when the air temp gets higher. So, from about these days, the hairs begin to fall off, area-by-area. My new avatar shows Offness in two respects, the most important being the missing chin stuff. As April proceeds into Hot, the moustache will drop and I will upload a close view of my upper lip, perhaps. To celebrate this:

birds redo plumage,

cats shed everywhere,

bare chins view spring anew.

This year my cherry blossom viewing will be of the Japanese variety, but on the Potomac, not the Kamo. No singing and drinking parties beneath the boughs, either. If there were, the highest murder rate would only grow higher. Ducking drunken tunes is better than ducking sniper fire, true, but a job is a job, so off I go momentarily.

spring blossoms’ faint smell

mixed with gun smoke –

New World blend’s not a poem.

5 Responses to “Early off”

  1. Hmmm…Richard;

    “spring blossoms’ faint smell mixed with gun smoke” nice!!!

    In the world of gangster rap, offing someone could mean to kill them. Hence your title: Early Off, and the fact it was posted in March= Ides of March. The Iraq War began in March?, etc, etc.

    The irony of your words have activated my twisted thoughts.

  2. Would you allow me to change the final punctuation to a question-mark?

  3. No. The final line of the haiku is missing. “mixed with gun smoke” is the second line. The third line reads:

    New World blend’s not a poem.

    This is also not a question. And Gerald’s reading of the post is very interesting. Thanks, Gerald. I was actually commenting on Washington’s danger, tho it is easy to extend the comment outward to the areas Gerald mentioned.
    Poetry is so great.

  4. Last line, reluctantly reinstated. The cherry-trees were apparently donated to Washington DC by the Mayor of Tokyo in 1912, which makes them nearly 100 years old!

  5. They were indeed donated by the Japanese, but they could not bear parting with their own, so they got the over 3,000 saplings from their new colony, Corea. Why not? A cherry is a cherry, beautiful beside any basin.

    chilly wind, rain;
    the river reflects
    blossoms’ beauty,
    ignoring birthplace

    In Washington, DC, it seems the best viewing location is along the Tidal
    Basin. Right now, National Cherry Blossom Fete is afoot, when the city is especially inundated with tourists in the tens of thousands. Looking forward. Will try to send pic/poem.

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