all the sprinklers going
in the pouring rain
Winona Baker (1924-). From "Haiku: A Poet's Guide" (2003) by Lee Gurga.
From time to time, one sees haiku on watering the garden in the rain but this one, I believe, is the epitome. It is not just rain, it is pouring rain -- really coming down in buckets. And it is not just a hose or a sprinkler, it is all the sprinklers! This feeling of uselessness, wastefulness and a lack of meaning is juxtaposed perfectly with the old cemetery. Everything that was sought after during life is forgotten and comes to a complete end, but the day-to-day continuation of going through prescheduled motions is captured by the automatic sprinklers turning on at their pre-ordained time to water the lawns -- even in the rain!
Selected and commented on by Dhugal J. Lindsay