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Haiku for Robert Frost

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai offers this poem by Robert Frost for inspiration:

Dust of Snow

Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963

The way a crow

Shook down on me

The dust of snow

From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart

A change of mood

And saved some part

Of a day I had rued.

Our host comments: “Contemplating this poem, we see that a lot of its effect is derived from paradoxes … dust being related usually to something dirty, the fact that he was in a bad mood before the crow dumped snow down on him, which usually would put someone in a bad mood.  I’m thinking that like a haiku, reading this poem can give us many layers of meanings outside of the 32 words.  I would invite you to read Robert Frost’s Poem and write about a similar incident using either a haiku or a tanka.”

First, I simply can’t resist offering my favorite short Frost poem:

Forgive, oh Lord, my little jokes on Thee,

And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.

Now on to Frost and paradox:


urged to swing a birch

I dangle in confusion

grinning like a fool