each day plant leaves wilt
soil turns from grains to stone
the monsoon arrives
This poem is about a common occurrence in people’s lives. It describes a situation where first a person has nothing to do and then all of a sudden has too much to do. It is about imbalance.
In the poem, the first two lines describe drought conditions. The leaves are wilting from lack of water. The soil is hardening under the bright sun.
These ideas are a metaphor for a person who to some degree is deteriorating because they have nothing to do. An example of this might be a person who becomes unemployed. As time goes on, it is possible the person’s condition might worsen. They might change their sleep habits, their hygiene habits, and their daily routine. They might do less and less as there seems to be nothing to do. They might lose their motivation.
The last line of the poem describes a sudden overwhelming change. In the poem the conditions change from a drought to a monsoon. The monsoon will be long lasting. The monsoon will cause flooding. The monsoon will overwhelm.
This idea is a metaphor for a person all of a sudden having too much to do. Using the example of the unemployed person, an example situation might be the person all of a sudden getting three part-time jobs. The person instantly becomes busy. They have a hard time juggling things. They have a hard time keeping track of things.
These ideas describe imbalance. Continuing the example, had the person had two part-time jobs or one full time job the entire time, they would have been in a state of balance. They wouldn’t have had too little to do or too much. They wouldn’t have experienced any sudden change.
This poem is a haiku. It is written in the 5-7-5 style. The first two lines describe one situation and the last line describes a change in the situation. It uses nature as a metaphor for a human experience.