Sunny Thoughts from Rainy Day Haiku

by Belinda Munoz on January 25, 2010

sunny rain

Years ago, my husband, a constant source of inspiration for me, put together a collaborative album called Twenty Haiku, a multimedia project involving twenty pieces of original haiku, accompanied by original 2D art and seconds-long, one-instrument music expressed on the spot at the time of recording.  It was a critical success.  I think of this project often when I’m in a mood like today and it always puts the brakes on my tendency to ramble.  In this spirit, I offer you twenty of my rainy day haiku:

gentle moment comes
a break after a torrent
silence, sweet and scarce

stillness, dark at dawn
dew drops slide off wintry leaves
roots nourished, thirst quenched

whizzing down byways
giddy toddler in carseat
amazed by pink clouds

solitude at dusk
a moment of awareness
heightened clarity

heart beats, blood pulsates
seven billion people, one
body, mind, spirit

downpour, bring it on
unstoppable rhythmic drops
free carwash to boot

hot and cold collide
forecast of whirly twister
awake and alert

like the weather, life
black and white and foggy grey
rainstorm, then sunshine

wishing for the blue
beating grey fury becomes
multicolored sky

always and never
everything and absolutes
awash in the storm

writing a haiku
a lesson in brevity
one size fits all, not

a leaky ceiling
not unlike a warm embrace
wakes up the senses

longing for blue sky
sulking in a dark corner
comforting sadness

floods, like emotions
heavy and all-consuming
then cleansing follows

thunder rattles that
which lightning illuminates
what remains endures

worries gone haywire
tornado watch expired
neurosis subsides

clammy hands, wet feet
rain boots and coats fail again
mother nature smiles

precipitation
drops on scurrying creatures
soaked, dripping, humbled

what’s artificial
deteriorates in a storm
what’s real blooms and grows

slippery puddles
we all take a spill at times
humor required

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1 Zen Choices January 25, 2010 at 5:33 am

I checked out Twenty Haiku – it’s very cool. You’re haiku is terrific. It’s much harder than one might think, but so rewarding when you get just the right words to fall into place. I wrote my thesis about a Zen poet (Gary Snyder) who put together some very interesting haiku. Some of your above poems reminded me of him. Here’s one…

After weeks of watching the roof leak
I fixed it tonight
by moving a single board

Always the last line that makes it sing.

Peace,
David

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2 Sara January 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

Belinda — These are wonderful. I enjoyed each and every one of them. I also liked how you laid them out in this post — it made them fun to read.

Thanks for sharing your Haiku and congrats to your husband for his multi-media project. So, much talent in one family is a bit scary, but marvelous too:~) My favorites of your Haiku were these two:

downpour, bring it on
unstoppable rhythmic drops
free carwash to boot

slippery puddles
we all take a spill at times
humor required

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3 Sara January 25, 2010 at 7:39 am

Belinda — I went to your husband’s site and listened to both videos. I’ve never been into funk music or even pop…I always thought I was a bit too old. The first video, Family Matters, is music poetry — sound, visual and kinesthetic — I couldn’t help but move as I listened:~)

In the other video, I really enjoyed listening to the musicians talk about the music. I loved what your husband said about his music….that he breathes life into it. I will look for his new album when it comes out:~)

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4 Cee Populus January 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

The Muñoz household
You are an inspiration
Keeping art alive

My Haiku to you!

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5 Patty - Why Not Start Now? January 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

Love it, Belinda! Such fun. And we’re on the same wave length again. The rain inspired me too. Your husband’s project sounds amazing; I will have to check out his site.

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6 Shell January 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love haiku. These are beautiful

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7 Nicki January 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

I keep coming back here to read, again and again, the Haiku. Thank you!!!

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8 Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice January 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

I just had to look on wikipedia what haiku was. LOL very beautiful indeed! 🙂

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9 Fatibony{self help wellness} January 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Love the inspirational messages and the way they have been laid out but had no idea of what Haiku meant ..Thanks for sharing just learnt something new today 🙂

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10 Zengirl January 27, 2010 at 8:41 am

Belinda,

These are wonderful and just right things for me as I needed to read them today.

floods, like emotions
heavy and all-consuming
then cleansing follows

Above part is what touched me the most. Thanks you for a wonderful read, this is my first time here and I like your blog articles a lot. Thanks for stopping by my blog to comment.

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11 getting the motivation to lose weight January 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Fantastic post, I really like your style.

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12 Bob Bessette January 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Hi Belinda,
I really liked this especially the way you laid it out on the post. My favorite section was

what’s artificial
deteriorates in a storm
what’s real blooms and grows

So true. Great stuff..

Best,
Bob

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13 Kelly January 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

whizzing down byways
giddy toddler in carseat
amazed by pink clouds

Love that one. A moment of grace…

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14 Malo January 31, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Love everything! What a great talent you and your husband have. Your child must be a genius 🙂

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