- A Haiku, if ‘wires’ (L2) is read as a one-syllable word.
- All Haikus should contain a ‘kigo’ – a word or phrase which denotes what season it is.
- Purpose: to evoke the natural world using quintessentially human imagery.
- The seasons progress; progression of humanity. Spring: happy time, harmony, bird song -> winter: sad season, the worst of people, death.
- ‘Perhaps Sheers’ defense of modern humanity. Reminds us that birds change their environment and build nests in trees; humans simply doing what birds do on a bigger scale. Our tendency to manufacture and change things is natural.
- Positive link between bird song and the human accomplishment in music.
- A deeper, more intimate link between nature and humanity.
- ‘Swallows’: link to previous poem.
- ‘Crotchet (♩) and minim’: actual music notes.
- ‘Bees’, ‘lips’, ‘a lover’s first time’: oral sex
- Likening of bees pollinating and act of cunnilingus.
- Implying the lustful, bacchanalian* side of human nature.
- ‘Fingerprint’: a spider web – both unique and beautiful patterns, a further connection between nature and humanity.
- ‘Nests’: blood clots
- ‘Nests’: nesting machine guns in Mametz Wood – humanity at its worst.
- ‘Veins of the trees’: the tree’s branches.
- ‘Passing infection’: humanity’s effect on the land.
*Bacchanalian – Roman festival of Bacchus, including dancing, drink and orgy.