Friday, June 29, 2012
Haiku Monday Theme: Ecosystem
Our area is in a drought status. Recently we had enough rain to downgrade our status from "severe" to " moderate". Throughout the region there remains serious concerns for the ecosystems of our streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, marshes, wetlands, bays and
Because of this I have given much thought of late about ecosystems.What is my own piece of the puzzle? Do I contribute to the balance of a greater ecosystem? I am not likely to be bear food or to eat a bear but does that mean my being has no bearing on bears? What is the significance of seeing more preying mantis and fewer ladybugs this year? Why are we seeing more black garden snakes than ever before and why do the sugar ants seek out my air conditioned house instead of subterranean ant hostels?
South of here a bit there are folks taking great issue with the desires to deepen and lengthen the ports in both Savannah and Charleston. There are concerns about fish species, insect species and the birds they feed and those which feed on the birds. There are daily arguments in the paper from the side screaming for progress and jobs and those screaming for stewardship of the Earth. As best I can tell we are all losing.
Rules of the game are the classic 5-7-5 format of imparting an awesome concept/message/ wish in just 17 syllables. And, while my beloved Troll seems to have abandoned me, I cannot abandon his teachings. Thus, proper use of Kigo (seasonal reference) and kireji (cutting word) will each have an additional point value. I like visuals so these too are factored in determining the top three. Just give me a "visuals up!" so I know to come have a look. Two haiku per entrant will be judged. If you write more, please indicate which are to be judged. As always, you are welcome to invite friends and family to play. The bigger the game the more we learn!