LINGERING COLD: BUSON’S PLUM BLOSSOMS

Buson wrote:

In nooks and corners
The cold lingers;
Plum blossoms

This hokku shows us the change from the extreme yin of winter to the growing yang of spring.  Even though the plum trees are blooming, in the shadows and hollows and nooks where the sun does not shine, the cold remains.  But we know from the blooming of the plum that even in those shaded places, the lingering cold will soon give way to the warmth of spring.

David

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