This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory.
Flowers of morning glory.
The sky above this street
Begins to overcast.
This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition.
We change on a daily basis, and certainly the piece I would have written to this haiku two weeks ago would have been completely different. Two weeks ago I would have focused in on the first line, but as Hurricane Florence approaches I looked more toward the last line. Although landfall will happen tomorrow, we are starting to feel the effects of it a few hundred miles north, and I hope the best for my southern neighbors.
The Sky Begins To Overcast was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.