(sap rising) Written by Melissa Allen . sap rising he imagines me completely . haiku: Modern Haiku 42.3 . Share this:FacebookTwitterPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related 7 thoughts on “(sap rising)” Oh my Reply Excellent! Reply There certainly is the “oh my” for this haiku. It brings to mind the lusty month of may. But I want to take my comment in a different direction. For me there are three intriguing words: imagines, completely, and sap (in that order). Imagine is totally in the head of the other person. It is not understands completely, nor is it knows completely, and it is not be-at-one-with. Imagine could be close or not close to reality. Completely sounds to me like a bit of tongue-in-cheek. If he is imagining, how can it be “completely?” I have a sense that the word completely is rarely applied to a haiku poet. Finally, the word “sap” also has the meaning of a foolish man. Can you know the person completely – never. Can you know the words of a haiku completely – never. Can you feel smug about what you do know or imagine you know? That is the crime. The sap rises here. Melissa, I always enjoy your work. Thanks, Sully Reply Thanks as always for your thoughtful commentary, Sully. Reply I enjoyed it too. I took sap rising as a kigo reference as well as an erotic connotation. Love all the possibilities here. Reply Yes, “sap rising” is intended as a spring kigo… appropriate I think. 😉 Reply Thanks for your appreciation, Sanjuktaa and Yousei. 🙂 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.