haiga, haiku, photography

Sunny Day at Niagara Falls

Wet thunder booms as
water sweeps itself away.
A rainbow lingers.


Photo of Iguazu Falls © Marcio Chagas | Unsplash
(Image has been cropped.)

My haiku was inspired by the contrast between loud rushing water and a silent steady rainbow, as pondered by Boris Glikman in a prose poem about a visit to Niagara Falls.  The contrast cried out to be displayed in the kind of deliberate swerve common in haiku poetry, often between the middle and final lines.

I wrote the haiku, searched for an appropriate image to make a haiga, and was happy to see a hover caption (on one of the Unsplash pages linking to the photo used here) that placed the photo at Niagara Falls.  I am grateful to Andrew Porteus for noticing that it’s really at Iguazu Falls and providing a much needed adjustment to the photo credit when posting the haiga to the Niagara Falls Poetry Project.

My blunder reminds me of my one point of agreement with Ronald Reagan and a great meme:

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Meme as posted by Troll Quotes on Pinterest

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7 thoughts on “Sunny Day at Niagara Falls

    1. Thanks.  So glad U like it.

      That energetic phrase was also a tie breaker when I had to choose between 2 images.  The runner-up was a better match for “wet thunder” but had only a faint rainbow.  I could tweak the final line to warn the reader to look closely.  Should I?  Nah, the runner-up had nothing like the SW quadrant of the winner.


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