Saturday, March 25, 2006


Blogger Janet said...

I love this one, eric, just love it.

Our wind chimes stay up all year, except during hurricanes.

6:02 AM  
Blogger sangeet said...

Very nice!


8:38 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

Eric - the image is clear - i like it.

It's got me thinking around the issue using the 'ing' form of verbs in haiku - i think that they are fine to use - some hate them in haiku - they seem to think it's a rule not to use them - rubbish of course - but in recent years i've been inreasingly drawn to not using them without something infront of them - so here i'd be thinking to myself - who's rehanging the windchimes - of course the implication that its you is so great that many (me too at times) would say nothing else is needed - we find you - but i have found myself more and more watnting to have some signifier before this form of the verb - perhaps its a disease - i know that my friend Bill Higginson has also been having similar symptoms - maybe we'll recover...

in the meantime you write (and i like):

first warm day
the wind chimes

Let me play:

first warm day
a man rehanging
the wind chimes

(No - awful)

first warm day
i spend it rehanging
the wind chimes


first warm day
i rehang
the windchimes

(i prefer to just rehanging perhaps)

oh - maybe best left is :-)

forgive me thinking out loud - medicine anyone?

Keep em coming Eric!

Little Onion

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Onion, if I might chime in here(pun fully intended:) ), what I love about the phrase "hanging the windchimes" in this haiku is its very open-endedness. It can imply that a person is hanging the windchimes, OR, whimsically, that the power of the first warm day hangs the windchimes. For this very dual meaning, I enjoy the haiku in its original form.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

yes please chime in aurora 'Ding' - i pick up on the open endedness too - but now i have to tell everyone a deep secret - i have a deep hatred of wind chimes - well in particular if they are in anyone's garden that lives within earshot of my bedroom - and i've also developed an aversion to windchime haiku in general - somehow they usually have too much of the stench of zen or even worse faux zen about them - so me liking eric's rehanging haiku is unusual to say the least - maybe i'm hoping that he's actually rehanging those of my neighbours somewhere a long long way from their current position - maybe Antartica or Moonbase 5...

Oh dear I really am becoming a grumpy old man.

Thanks for your chime :-)

Little Onion

9:49 AM  
Blogger laryalee said...

Eric, I love the way your art depicts the sound/movement of a windchime!
Enjoyed the haiku too...and the discussion...

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Onion, I'm pretty sure that, unless you're 200 years old, you're not allowed to use old age as an excuse for anything.:)

9:58 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

'dong' - yes you are of course right - i've been grumpy a long time - i was a teenage albert tatlock - which will probably only mean something to those of a particular familiar with Coronation Street... anyone?

Little Onion
(now look where your haiku has taken us Eric - and i'm strting to wonder if windchimes have ever featured in Coronation Street and if so which character owned them - the Ogdens had their mural sorry Muriel but windchimes?)

10:39 AM  
Blogger Little Onion said...

Albert Tatlock:

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Onion, I'm Canadian and we get a lot of British television here. I'm quite familiar with Coronation Street, but confess to watching "Keeping Up Appearances" more often. Although I might have to give that up since my brother has taken to calling me "Hyacinth" now.:)

10:46 AM  
Blogger eric l houck jr said...

thanks everyone.

l'il onion -- i dislike windchimes myself if they are overdone, but a single windchime, placed at a respectable distance and then touched lightly by that first breeze carrying just a hint of the coming spring . . .

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I love the ku. Grew up with tinkling windchimes in the background; it became part of the weather (as your ku shows). Sometimes, silence can be louder.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Mike Rehling said...

Ahhh... I love my wooden wind chimes, and we have many, but after the winter they all need an adjustment... Don't change a word... :D

3:01 PM  
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2:40 AM  

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