eerie pearlescent sky -
stars, but barely.
Before the haar clears -
a magnolia blossom
the sole morning star.
Shafts of light through boughs,
shining out from fallen stars -
Today's recommendation is a fellow poetry blogger: Back Roads Haiku, who does this so much better than I do. I encourage you to follow him - I do.
For those unfamiliar with the Scots word, "haar" is sea fog that develops offshore and is then carried inland. It is typical of the east coast of Scotland, which is where you are most likely to hear the word.
Haar forms offshore on warm days. As the air over the land warms and rises, the the pressure difference leads to onshore breezes which carry the haar inland as the day progresses. Thus a beautiful sunny day here in Edinburgh is likely to turn misty by late afternoon.
If we are lucky, and the next day is fine too (no common occurrence in Scotland), the haar may burn off by late morning. If we are unlucky, it can persist for days, while, just a few miles inland, the sun is shining.
The etymology of the word is in doubt, but sources seem to agree that it originated on the other side the North Sea, in either Old Norse or Old German, so I guess it travelled here with invaders or traders from what are today's Norway, Denmark, or Germany, or from the Low Countries, either directly, or via the Northern Isles or northern England.