(commencement) Written by Melissa Allen . commencement chasing a new generation of fireflies . Haiku first published at DailyHaiku, 7/22/2011 . for a.c. . Share this:FacebookTwitterPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related 11 thoughts on “(commencement)” great haiku-thanks for sharing! pamela Reply Thanks, Pamela. 🙂 Reply Very nice — makes one pursue what the intended meaning is. Reply Thanks, zum, glad you stopped by. Reply Love the haiku, and how you get away with such a long word in the first line. 😉 The image is fantastic! I couldn’t quite make out the artist’s name, but I love it! Alan Reply If you click on the image, Alan, you can see a much larger version. The artist is Charles Livingston Bull and this is an illustration from a 1902 book called “Beautiful Joe’s Paradise” which I am dying to see… http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/charles+livingston+bull … not least because this image reminds me so powerfully of Kaneko Tohta’s haiku “ookami ni…” (a wolf/one firefly clinging to it) and of Kuniharu-san’s haiga of this haiku: http://seehaikuhere.blogspot.com/2009/07/haiga-259.html I really, really want to know what is going on in this story and why the wolves are covered with fireflies. Reply Yep, I clicked onto the image, and then clicked again, maybe just my eyesight. 😉 Yep again, got the allusion to Tohta Kaneko, my all time top haiku writer. 😉 Alan Reply Totally digging the image you put with this. And, of course, still love the haiku. 🙂 So glad to see it found a home! Reply Yeah, I flipped out when I found this picture… I am on a mission to track down its context. Reply Melissa, I found this haiku in my list of ones to come back to. Deathbed . . . my old friend’s imitation of a firefly vincent tripi It fits with your fireflies. Sully Reply That’s a great one, Sully. I think it’s in Stan Forrester’s firefly anthology — is that where you saw it? If you haven’t seen that book yet, you’d love it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.