(photo) red flowers in June, in Matsudo, Chiba prefecture, Japan
Can words be as still
As the motionless trees,
In this solstice time?
John Bate, England
■I interpreted the phrase " in this solstice time" as the dynamism of the nature or the universe. Both of them are silent. Only human beings are noisy. The author compares words with the motionless trees. Words can't be as still as the trees. That's probably what he's saying. But how silent this haiku is!