Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains

Micro-Season (Kล) for early February in Jerusalem

Major Season (Sekki): “Pre-warmth” (“Ha-khom Ha-kdam”)

Jerusalem’s “Pre-warmth” Sekki is the tail end of winter, when it is still cold, but spring is on the horizon. It follows immediately after the coldest month of the year, which is January.

Micro-Season (Kล): “The Peak of Rains” (“Si Ha-g’shamim”)

The most common form of precipitation throughout the year in Jerusalem is rain alone, with a peak probability of 23% at the very beginning of February, following the month of January, which is the month with the most days of precipitation.

Haiku

avocados; citrus
await fresh at outdoor stands
chilly morning rains

This haiku highlights the many Israeli fruit and vegetable vendors who sell their produce outside throughout the year. In January and February, citrus fruits are starting to hit their prime, and Hass avocados are usually available in February (other avocados are available before and after).

Poet Biography

I’m a poet who loves exploring and discovering new forms of poetry and collaborating with other poets to create art out of our combined words.

Fish in Israel

Fishing in Israel is a branch of the Israeli economy with historical significance. The three main natural fishing zones are the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). All species of fish sold are available throughout the year. More than half of the fish consumed in Israel are imported.

Seasonal vegetables and fruits

  • January marks the beginning of the mangold and pomelo season (citrus fruits โ€” oranges, lemons, clementines, grapefruits โ€” are starting to hit their prime);
  • February marks the beginning of the asparagus, bok choy, cardoon, Hass avocado, and kumquat seasons;
  • Late February marks the beginning of the chamomile, fava bean, loquat, passionfruit, pea, and rhubarb seasons.

d’Verse poetics prompt

One of Seventy-Two Seasons

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to create their own major season (Sekki) and then a micro-season (kล) within it using the format below. Create one based on the season you find yourself in. If possible include images, artwork, drawings, photos, etc. from your community to help bring it into three dimensions.

The format for each Kล

  • The title of the ‘major season’ or Sekki;
    • Outline why it is called that;
  • The title of the ‘micro-season’ or Kล;
    • Outline why it is called that;
  • Write a haiku that speaks to the Kล;
    • Include insider information on the haiku and include information about the poet (you);
    • Seasonal fish, information about it, and including ways to prepare it;
    • Seasonal vegetable, information about it, and ways to prepare it;
    • Seasonal activity, often including the holiday or tradition involved, etc.;
    • A preview of coming attractions for the next Kล.

Notes

  • If fish (or vegetables) are not part of your diet, please choose other foods;
  • You will be writing your own haiku, so put a blurb in there about yourself;
  • You should end up with a painting of description with a figure of haiku in the center;
  • For an example, check out Lisa’s Kล.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

54 thoughts on “Pre-warmth, or: The Peak of Rains”

  1. I enjoyed reading this piece. It’s interesting to learn a bit about the weather in Jerusalem and the available market produce. But I remain unconvinced that it’s poetry. I salute you for giving it a try though, more persistent than I am!

    1. well the haiku in the middle is poetry, at least! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Regardless, I actually enjoyed the exercise… but this isn’t something that I am likely to ever do again ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. It is ๐Ÿ™‚ Japanese notions of poetry baffle me at the best of times. What works for them doesn’t work for me, I’m afraid. Different cultures, different ways of looking at things.

  2. This is so interesting – I love reading about other countries. Your fruit and veg sound so much more interesting than our seasonal stuff!

  3. Just to echo several others here, I really enjoy learning about your neck o’ the woods when you include info about Jerusalem, Israel in general, and Jewish culture. I could certainly go for some of that fresh citrus fruit! And your haiku is delightful! Well done as always, David. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These fruits are so delightful for touch and taste
    Trust you to make an exquisite out of avocado and citrus
    They are so green and colourful
    I don’t know why i thought Jerusalem shared the same summer as me
    Enjoy the offset of spring.
    Particularly pickled
    Kumquat is just lovely

  5. The d’verse prompt makes the different sections clear. I had been wondering about the format and organization and chalked it up to distraction – from all the rain!

  6. Poetry Partners sounds like a great opportunity. I definitely will check it out! Your Haiku here was delightful! In Montana January may not be the coldest… and spring is certainly not right around the corner!!

  7. David, your presentation of the material makes it user-friendly. I learned so much about where you live from your post. What surprises probably the most is becoming aware that the Sea of Galilee still exists. My Christian education was as a kid, and that’s where I left so much of that education. Oh how I would love to shop a produce market and buy some freshly picked avocados! Yum!

    1. โค Thanks, Lisa โค ~ I would definitely say that Israel's fresh fruits and vegetables are one of the nicest perks about living here, from my perspective!

      -David

  8. How interesting to read that the micro season is rain. I appreciate the info about your country – specially the fruits available. I miss eating pomelos.

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