Polka Dot Poems
100 Weird and Wonderful Nature Haiku
Zero Weil, illustrated by Lucy Wynne
What would you do if you ‘were as tall’ as tree? Would you ‘give away/ all [your]shade/ all summer’? Can’t you imagine lying beneath the cool reach of the tree? It seems as though Zaro Weil can shape haiku out of moments, thoughts, observations. What’s more, she conjures up the sensations into word pictures. Therefore, we see the ‘water-whisper wall’ of the floating bubble.
Thereafter, as she explores the wonder of nature further, we discover a ‘Yeti Crab’. Through her awed writing we realise the creature’s magnificence in its ‘white hair/ white fingers/ white claws/ catching always/ black sea’. Her wonder soars anew in Forest where it is ‘stretching/ higher than high/ pulsing roots through/ juicy earth// deeper than deep‘. What glory!
Lucy Wynne’s illustrations adorn these beautiful verses almost reverently. Meanwhile this poetry book is welcomed hugely by Bookwagon. Like this poet’s earlier, award-winning and esteemed works, Firecrackers and Cherry Moon, Polka Dot Poems confirms the accessibility of poetry. Furthermore, it demonstrates how immediate and necessary it is in our lives, from our acknowledgement of the world, to our creativity. This is the skill of gifted poet. Bookwagon recommends this perfectly created collection of haiku for reading aloud, sharing, gifting and learning. What a treasure.